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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Australia

1Sydney

1,137 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

    30,565 recommendations

  • Harbors

    29,167 recommendations

  • Shopping

    25,062 recommendations

  • Food

    22,221 recommendations

2Melbourne

1,120 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

    37,528 recommendations

  • Food

    32,969 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    27,969 recommendations

  • Entertainment

    20,665 recommendations

3Brisbane

393 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

    13,620 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    11,012 recommendations

  • Food

    10,296 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    9,323 recommendations

4Gold Coast

693 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

    30,614 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    21,923 recommendations

  • Theme Parks

    19,966 recommendations

  • Shopping

    17,299 recommendations

Best places to see in Australia

Kings Park Botanical Gardens
Parks
Long live the Kings! This isn’t your average patch of inner-city parkland. It’s a prodigious expanse of gardens that showcases Perth’s funky flora – vivid banksias, fragrant acacias and even a majestically hoary boab tree. The Beedawong Cultural Space is worth a visit too, where you’ll learn the spiritual customs and practices of the Nyoongar of Western Australia.
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Jupiters Casino
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Some people love to gamble – just ask the punters who flock to Jupiter’s Casino. Everyone who visits is ready to part with his or her cash in the hope of securing a win. As the day goes on, the stakes get higher – the trick is to know when to fold. When you’re done, try Osteria Vivo’s authentic Italian cuisine. From here, there’s a view of the poker tables and slot machines.
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SkyPoint Observation Deck
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See the Gold Coast in all its glory. This lofty observation deck has astounding views that stretch across the city and into the horizon. Limber up the stairs for the Skypoint Stair Climb, or better yet, zoom up in the lift. Wrapped around the top of the building, this gulp-inducing ascent is not for the fainthearted. The payoff is an uninterrupted panorama.
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nib Stadium
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Are you a homesick footy fan? Fear not – you’ll be able to get your fix at the nib Stadium. The purple-clad Perth Glory team play their home games here, and the “Socceroos” (the national team) roll into town now and again. Whether you’re into football or rugby union, this is the place to come. nib Stadium’s where Western Force battle it out against the southern hemisphere’s best.
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Flemington Racecourse
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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.
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Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain
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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.
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What travelers love about Australia

Relaxation
Recommended by 338,385 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 235,579 travelers
Beaches
Recommended by 221,273 travelers