You wouldn’t expect Australia to be so urbanised, considering this is the country famed for its warm climate and the Great Barrier Reef. Surprisingly, cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth rival their European counterparts of Paris, Rome and Berlin in terms of size. Australian cities have a great mix of art and culture, food and drink, sights to see and things to do, making them perfect for anyone to visit. Alternatively, if you’re more of an adventurous type, you’ll want to head to the ‘bush’ or ‘Outback’ and have yourself a good trek. You never know, you may just see a kangaroo or a wallaby! There really is something for everyone in Australia.
Unsurprisingly, Australia’s largest city has a lot to offer visitors. It is home to the world renowned Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and more. It’s got a wonderful zoo, more museums than you can shake a stick at, and is home to several markets if you’re the gastronomic type. If that’s not enough, or you just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, the famous Bondi Beach is within driving distance.
Like all of Australia’s cities, the cultural capital is situated on the coast. There’s an endless amount of things to do in Melbourne, making it a holiday favorite. Take a tour of the city by tram, watch a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, grab a drink in one of Melbourne’s
fantastic bars and cafés, or visit the zoo or aquarium. If you’ve got the time, you can even take a short trip to Philip Island to see thousands of little penguins make it up the beach after a day in the sea. Melbourne is certain to leave you wanting more.
If you would prefer a laid-back time, consider Perth. See nearly 1,000 acres of beautiful gardens and greenery at Kings Park which also plays host to music and other cultural events. Exchange grass with sand and relax on one of Perth’s many beaches and do some
sunbathing or surfing. Fortunately, when the lights go out, you won’t have any difficulty finding a place to party either.
Sitting on Australia’s east coast is the city of Brisbane. With the Brisbane River snaking through the city, it can feel a lot like a sunnier version of London. Take a river cruise or, if you like the London Eye, jump on the Wheel of Brisbane and see the city from up above. For eating and drinking, South Bank is the area to go to in Brisbane; well-known for its mix of restaurants, bars and shops. While you’re there, you’ll be able to find a whole host of galleries, museums and other cultural centers to visit, too. If you’d prefer something closer to
nature, take a short trip across the city to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you’ll see a lot more wildlife than just koalas.
Australia is host to many other destinations that suit different holiday-goers. The best of the bunch are Darwin and Canberra. Dawvin stays warm in winter and serves as a great launch-pad for some of Australia’s National Parks. The capital of the country, Canberra, houses Australia’s Parliament and many national monuments. No matter which city you visit in Australia, you’re never too far from adventure. This gives the country a unique appeal and makes it ideal for almost any visitor.
For many of us, it is most substantial to find economical flights to Australia. According to the Australia Tourism, more than 8.35 million travellers made their gateway to Australia in 2017. With such a large number of people travelling to Australia, you have to be bit cautious for seeking a suitable price that corresponds with your budget and needs. Air fares may vary by seasons, city and even day of the week. Usually, highest fares are spotted in vacation periods particularly in Christmas and New Year Holidays. Either all the flights are pre-booked or even if you get one, prices are so high. So, it is suggested to book beforehand to find the rates that are not heavy on your pockets. In general, April and May gives you the lowest rates for whole itinerary plan.
Hotel accommodation in Australia is comparatively expensive than other international destinations. However, now more and more five star hotels are offering discounted offers and deals. If you are on business or holiday trip, then Travelodge, Adina and Holiday Inn are affordable options. There is much difference between off and peak season accommodation rates so it’s better to book in advance.
When you are travelling with your family or groups, best option is to choose apartment-hotel. You can save many by doing your own laundry and cooking. Another cheap option is Airbnb. With this online renting solution, you can get good place in main cities and rural areas.
Hostels are the cheapest accommodation option for backpackers. You will find them everywhere in Australia from main city center to a remote countryside. There are over 140 hostels operating under Youth Hostel Association and another over 150 hostels under VIP Backpackers. We would suggest you to get their member cards before starting your journey.
Every year Australia has many cultural events and festivals. Some of them are globally attended by thousands of tourists. Here are few Australian events you should attend:
- Perth International Arts Festival hosts variety of events related to classical music, contemporary music, theatre, dance, opera, film and literature. Annually, this event takes place from 10th February to 5th March 2017.
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival of the world. This festival is unique due to its creative originality. So have some carefree laughs from 29th March to 23rd April.
- Sydney Festival is celebrated for three weeks and it’s free to attend. This is not only a cultural celebration but also an event of high quality art. Be a part of Sydney festival from 7th January to 26th January.