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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Australia

1Sydney

945 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

    28,434 recommendations

  • Harbors

    27,028 recommendations

  • Shopping

    23,555 recommendations

  • Food

    20,679 recommendations

2Melbourne

970 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

    35,797 recommendations

  • Food

    31,178 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    26,131 recommendations

  • Entertainment

    19,111 recommendations

3Brisbane

362 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

    13,022 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    10,320 recommendations

  • Food

    9,671 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    8,739 recommendations

4Gold Coast

611 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

    29,422 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    20,860 recommendations

  • Theme Parks

    19,111 recommendations

  • Shopping

    16,409 recommendations

Best places to see in Australia

DreamWorld
Attractions
Dream World is Australia’s largest theme park and offers plenty of white-knuckle thrills. For proof, take the “Giant Drop” – the highest free-fall ride in the world. If that’s not terrifying enough, the “big nine” rollercoasters offer serious screams. The “Tower of Terror” rockets backwards into complete darkness and breaks the 100 mph barrier in seven-seconds flat.
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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Attractions
Discover life under the sea without getting your feet wet. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is centrally located in Darling Harbour and is home to 700 animal species. The aquarium has 14 zones to explore including Shark Valley, Dugong Island and the Bay of Rays. For a closer look, take a behind the scenes tour, ride in a glass bottom boat, or enjoy a day in the life of an aquarist!
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Pacific Fair Shoping Centre
Shopping Areas
Chain stores galore. This mall has endless stores, a multiplex and oodles of chic salons. For proof, pamper yourself in “Lush”, try on comfy “Crocs”, buy some bling at “Swarovski”, or order a luscious wheatgrass smoothie from the plethora of juice bars. This shopping centre is entrenched in the local community, and offer regular group events and sustainable initiatives.
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Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain
Parks
A long time ago, Old McDonald had a farm, which became an enormous domain. The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain are at the site of Australia’s first farm. Peruse the Art Gallery of New South Wales or explore the grounds of the historic Government House. The Farm Cove walk takes you from the Opera House to Lady Macquarie’s Chair, which is a spectacular lookout point.
Accommodations near Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain
Flemington Racecourse
Stadiums or Arenas
Beads, flowers and fabulous plumage … and that’s just the hats! The Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse is equal parts annual horse race and gossip-rag extravaganza. With enough outfits to make Mr. Blackwell turn in his grave, the glitzy fashion separates the “supreme queens” from the “Kath & Kim’s”. Bet on the next “Phar Lap” and avoid getting carrot caught in your fascinator.
Accommodations near Flemington Racecourse
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Convention Centers
At first sight, this may seem like any other convention centre. Yet what makes this place special its support for local sports and arts. Basketball games are a regular occurrence, as are concerts by Brisbanian bands like Powderfinger, The Veronicas and Savage Garden. International acts like Stevie Nicks and 50 Cent have also swung by. Check online to see who’s coming next.
Accommodations near Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

What travelers love about Australia

Relaxation
Recommended by 301,265 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 203,139 travelers
Beaches
Recommended by 202,094 travelers

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