A City Guide To Australia.
Tourist Information: www.australia.com
Australia is a vast area, rich in natural attractions with a wide range of wonderful experiences to offer. With so much to see and do, planning your holiday can be a challenge. Discover the diversity of the four states of Australia with the opportunity to explore cosmopolitan cities with easy-going lifestyles, world-class cuisine and fine New World wines.
Sydney: Sydney is a thriving seaport and industrial city
renowned for its beaches, parklands, and beautiful harbour and is made up of distinct districts. Darling Harbour, with Cockle Bay, is one of Sydney's leading waterfront destinations with excellent shopping and entertainment.
Visitors may take Sydney to be slightly exhausting relative to its size and with so much to see and do, however, the tourist precinct where most of the interesting attractions are to be found is concentrated in quite a small area around the downtown waterfront and harbour area.
Explore the maze of original cobblestone lanes that lead to a range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Take a harbour cruise for spectacular views of the magnificent Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the modern city skyline.
Eating out: Kings Cross is a buzzing precinct featuring nightclubs, cabarets and the city's top restaurants. Bondi and Manly are classic examples of Sydney's beach culture.
Must Do's: Climb the Harbour Bridge, learn to surf, dine overlooking the Opera House, laze on the beach then hit the shops.
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Melbourne: Famous for its style, beautiful buildings, fantastic shopping and a wealth of sporting and cultural events.
Melbourne is capital of Victoria and Australia's second-largest city, it has a distinctive European feel and style. To get your bearings Jump one of the many
burgundy-coloured free City Circle trams. They rattle through the streets past Victorian buildings, parks and outdoor cafes and are
a great way explore the inner city.
Melbourne is an attractive garden city combining elegant Victorian architecture with superb shops, markets, theatres and beautiful parks. Browse the Queen Victoria markets, ride the Puffing Billy steam train or simply watch the world go by from a riverside café.
One of the most popular self-drive routes for tourists to follow is the circular Great Southern Touring Route, which includes spectacular scenery and takes in some of Victoria's most beautiful, scenic and cultural attractions.
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Perth: The cosmopolitan city of Perth is located on the beautiful Swan River. Perth enjoys more hours of sunshine than ant other state capital in Australia. Perth has it all - glittering skyscrapers, sophisticated shopping malls, riverside and beachside restaurants and cafes, world-class golf courses, over 50 miles of sandy beaches and a diverse selection of surrounding attractions to explore.
Ayers Rock: The spiritual heart of Australia. Known as Uluru by the Aboriginal people, Ayers Rock is the worlds most famous monolith and possibly Australia's most famous icon, its fiery glow is a source of wonder and inspiration.
Must do's: Experience Aboriginal art, King's Canyon, Dine under the starry outback skies.
Brisbane: Besides being the gateway to the 'sunshine state' Brisbane offers great weather and is a city of bright lights, beautiful parks and exciting cultural scene. Brisbane offers the very best in food, shopping and arts entertainment with a relaxed sub-tropical flair. Visit the Queensland Art Gallery & Museum. Alternatively tour the rainforest sanctuary or head out of town for fine beaches and crystal-clear Pacific waters that make Queensland Australia's holiday state..
Queensland Islands & the Great Barrier Reef: Regarded as Australia's crown jewels these islands with lush rainforest sweeping to the waters edge are ideally suited for anyone looking for an idyllic, exotic and pristine holiday destination. Cairns is perfectly placed for exploring the natural wonders of tropical North Queensland. With its palm-fringed beaches, clear turquoise waters and the ultimate in seclusion and privacy. Wander along the Esplanade and head for Pier Marketplace, Trinity Wharf or the bustling marina. Cairns is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Must do's: Experience the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Dive, snorkel or enjoy an indigenous spa treatment, relax on beautiful beaches.
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