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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Australia

1Sydney

1,531 properties in Sydney

Welcome to Sydney

From the glitz and glamour of the Star City Casino and trendy King Street Wharf in Darling Harbor to the waves of the Northern beaches, Sydney is full of great restaurants, bars and shopping.

What Travelers Love About Sydney

  • Sightseeing

    32,930 recommendations

  • Harbors

    31,640 recommendations

  • Shopping

    26,771 recommendations

  • Food

    24,046 recommendations

2Melbourne

1,449 properties in Melbourne

Welcome to Melbourne

A thoroughly liveable city, Melbourne has a buzzy vibe and an Aussie sense of fun. There’s always something going on, and one of its many festivals is Moomba – Australia’s largest free arts festival. Well worth a visit are the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Aquarium, where you can walk through a clear tunnel as sharks swim over your head.

What Travelers Love About Melbourne

  • Shopping

    39,497 recommendations

  • Food

    35,055 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    30,149 recommendations

  • Entertainment

    22,406 recommendations

3Brisbane

435 properties in Brisbane

Welcome to Brisbane

At the meeting point of Australia’s Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, laid-back Brisbane is spread around the meandering river running through it. The river’s artsy South Bank is home to Australia’s largest modern art gallery, tranquil gardens and an artificial beach. Just across the river is the towering skyline of Brisbane's central business district, the location of many hotels in central Brisbane.

What Travelers Love About Brisbane

  • Shopping

    14,508 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    12,022 recommendations

  • Food

    11,218 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    10,101 recommendations

4Gold Coast

805 properties in Gold Coast

Welcome to Gold Coast

Sun, surf and sand reign supreme on the Gold Coast. On its myriad beaches, honey-coloured sands melt into clear waters, board fanatics catch killer waves, and beach bums bask in sun-drenched splendour. Slow down, kick back and go with the flow in this Aussie utopia.

What Travelers Love About Gold Coast

  • Beaches

    32,510 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    23,568 recommendations

  • Theme Parks

    21,340 recommendations

  • Shopping

    18,664 recommendations

Best places to see in Australia

Her Majesty's Theatre
Theaters
Curtain call at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Ushers escort late-comers to their seats, crowds talk in hushed whispers, and actors take their places. Then, the red curtains rise – applause! From operas and ballets to musical adaptations of popular films, only productions of plum pedigree grace this stage. Book early for front-row seats, otherwise have your lorgnette handy. Bravi!
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Manly Beach
Landmarks
At Manly Beach, every afternoon is the adventure of a lifetime. Swim between the red and yellow flags or take on the waves with a surf lesson. The Oceanway Walk takes you to Shelley Beach, a fantastic spot for snorkeling and exploring the rock pools. Check out The Corso, a strip of shops and restaurants, or have a picnic of fish and chips on the promenade.
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Movie World Gold Coast
Attractions
Do you see your name in lights? The secrets of the silver screen are revealed at Movie World. Regular shows reveal how stunt drivers create action-packed car chases, which give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how movie magic is made. One of the major highlights is the “Batwing Spaceshot”, where riders are rocketed 60-metres into the air, then returned safely to Earth.
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Chapel Street
Shopping Areas
Melbournians like their cakes fluffy, coffee strong and shops plentiful. First-timers often careen along Chapel Street by tram, but it’s always more fun to walk. The sides-streets brim with urban cafés to blend in with buff, bearded and beautiful. One end is for shopping, the other entertainment. If you find yourself somewhere in the middle, head to Jam Factory – a mall lined with chain stores.
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National Gallery of Victoria
Galleries
Ancient stories are often the basis of Aboriginal art. William Barak is possibly the best-known Wujunderi painter. He created abstract compositions of rituals and traditions in primordial shapes, using a palate of burnt orange and harvest that’s as visually commanding as Australia’s landscape. View his works, plus swathes of other important world art from Bernini’s to Picasso’s.
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Federation Square
Landmarks
It’s amazing what $450 million Australian dollars and a little enthusiasm can buy. Local authorities and sponsors bandied together to fund this square, which became the city’s go-to spot for cultural activities. Its 15k-capacity amphitheatre is the stage of regular shows, gigs and concerts, while art galleries, flagships stores and eateries line the surrounding streets.
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What travelers love about Australia

Relaxation
Recommended by 382,716 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 273,622 travelers
Beaches
Recommended by 245,893 travelers