Most people know Australia for it’s notorious Outback. They envision crazy herds of kangaroos, playful platypuses, cute koalas, and those damn baby-stealing dingoes.
But few people know Australia for it’s awesome cities. From the cultural capitols of South East Australia to the jungle filled tourist oriented cities of Northern Australia, there’s much to be explored.
In the following guide you’ll find an overview of 5 of Australia’s coolest cities. Some are a bit overrated while some are a bit underrated, but all of them are worth a visit and will give you a unique taste of the country that is Australia.
Melbourne is arguably Australia’s cultural capitol. It boasts large populations of South East Asians, Chinese, Indians and Greeks. In fact Melbourne has such a large Greek population that it is second only to Athens.
The result is a brilliant and inspiring cultural melange. You can find just about any type of food you fancy. Be sure to check out a traditional Greek bakery, try the Aussie classic known as the Big Parm, and don’t miss out on the Indian curries.
Aside from food, Melbourne also offers a unique street art scene and many hidden underground bars to explore. It epitomizes a modern cosmopolitan city and definitely shouldn’t be missed.
Darwin is the Capitol of the the Northern Territory. Despite it’s population of only around 130,000 inhabitants, it is quite multicultural. This lends Darwin a very unique vibe and interesting urban culture of it’s own.
However, the city is most famous for it’s brilliant sunset over the Timor sea, it’s thunderous storms, tropical climate, and close proximity to many rain forests. When you’re ready for a beach break, or rain forest adventure, Darwin is the place to be. Ps. Don’t forget to try a Darwin Stubbie!
Adelaide is one of Australia’s smaller state capitols. It is quaint, quite, and relaxing. It’s a great place to hangout and get to know real Australians. If you’re looking for accommodation for any budget check out Accor Hotels in Adelaide where you can chose from Adelaide’s best hotels. One situated, be sure to head over to Adelaid’s famous botanic gardens or take a stroll down the Torrens river.
Perth is the capitol of Australia’s largest state, Western Australia. It lies on the edge of the Outback which makes it the perfect place to base yourself if you’re looking to surf sand dunes, and view some of the brightest stars on earth. Although the people can be a bit reserved at first, once you get to know them, they’re just has hard drinking as the rest of them.
Sydney is Australia’s largest city. It has all the characteristics of a modern metropolis. It is large at a population of 4.5 million people. It’s skyline is iconic, and it’s streets are busy. However despite the chaos of the city, it offers plenty of relaxing and intriguing things to do. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk over the Sydney Harbor bridge for on of the best views in Sydney. If you into a bit of culture, head over to the iconic Sydney Opera House, and if you’re looking to see and be seen, Bondi Beach is where it’s at. With so much to do, you just can’t skip Sydney.
Australia’s cities are just as cool to explore as it’s Outback. Although every city in Australia is unique, the former 5 are some of the best. For more info on Australia be sure to head over to Runaway Country Guides.
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