Thursday, November 3, 2011

Great Cities To Visit In Australia

If you are planning to move to Australia, or you are visiting Australia for a holiday – there are plenty of great places to see and exciting adventures to be had.

Australia is very diverse and the best places for you to visit will likely depend on the purpose of your trip: do you want to spend most of the time lazing on the beach? Do you want to explore the outback? Are you here for the shopping and city lights? Whatever your preference, here are 5 Australian cities well worth a visit.

1. Sydney.

Australia’s largest city has a lot to offer – from the famous harbor where you can catch a ferry to Manly, to the Opera House to Bondi Beach.

Sydney is a great destination no matter what the time of year, with warms summers and cool winters – but it is very popular with tourists in the summer, where the temperature can get very hot and the beach culture is very strong.

In addition there’s great shopping to be had in central Sydney and boutiques abound in Paddington. The bar and club scene is also one of the busiest in Australia with many travelers often choosing it as their first destination.

If you are planning to move to Australia, Sydney could be one of the best options for you with high employment rates and job opportunities. It is also a popular property investment location because of the amount of people migrating there.

2. Melbourne.

Melbourne is a breath-taking city, recently voted the 2nd most livable city in the world. It is also the most popular domestic holiday destination with Australians themselves. Whether you love culture, food, fashion, sport or dancing there is something for everyone.

The city is famous for its cafés and European gothic winding lanes. It is also known as the cultural capital of Australia and is home to the Australian ballet.

Catch an indie film, check out the eclectic mix of little boutiques, visit the Queen Victoria market on a Saturday morning and enjoy the cosmopolitan cuisine. If you are planning more of a permanent stay in Australia, Melbourne should be up there on your list of places to consider calling home.

3. Cairns.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, Cairns is warm all year long; hot in the summer months from November to March and very mild in the winter.

There is plenty to do and see here, from snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the tropical Daintree rainforest (about a 2 hour’s drive away), white water rafting or, for something a little different – shopping!

If you want to stay somewhere a little more relaxed, you can enjoy the resort town of Port Douglas, which has a great beach and plenty of cafes. It would be an ideal retirement location or a good place to look for an investment property.

4. The Gold Coast.

It is as the name suggests and is a great place to whenever you wish, warm and sunny no matter the month!

You can sunbathe on the golden sand at Surfer’s Paradise, or surf the beaches of Kirra, Broad Beach and Main Beach.

There’s a strong party culture as well, so if you love your nightlife, you will find there is always something to do no matter what night of the week - every day is a weekend here.

Of course to top it all off you have your theme parks, making this a great family holiday destination. Dreamworld, Movieworld, Wet’n’wild - all offer great thrills and excitement no matter your age.

5. Darwin.

With great food, culture, outdoor markets and festivals, it is one of Australia’s most multicultural and modern capital cities.

It is best to visit between May and October when the humidity isn’t as intense and you can enjoy the balmy weather. Darwin’s outdoor festivals are also held during this time of the year, so if you do have a choice around timing, you should plan for these months.

No comments: