Australia’s capital cities are home to 67% of the entire population of the country, so whichever one you go to, you’ll be in great company. But how do you choose?
This exciting city is so much more than its bridge, zoo and opera house. But if you’re interested in doing more than just the usual touristy things, why not have a look at:
● Bondi Icebergs Pool. This pool is the most photographed ocean pool in Australia, and it just so happens to be at Sydney’s most famous beach. This 50m saltwater pool has been a Bondi landmark for over 100 years, and if you want to do as the locals do and become a member, you have to swim there three sundays a month for five years.
● Sydney Opera House backstage tour. Access the areas only the stars get to go and tread the boards of one of the world’s most iconic theatres.
● Strand Arcade. If shopping is more your thing, the Strand Arcade (opened in 1892) is well worth a visit. This beautiful arcade houses some of Australia’s premium fashion designers.
Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, has been crowned the world’s most liveable city four years in a row.
● Browse the sheds at Queen Victoria Market. The open air market is a popular destination for locals to buy their fresh produce, fruit and vegetables and meat as well as dairy and other delicatables.
● Gorge on cheap dumplings in Chinatown. Melbourne’s Chinatown has been around since the 1860s and to this day it is regarded as the place to go for noodles, wontons, bao and dumplings.
● Take a day trip to the Yarra Valley. Just an hour from the CBD, Yarra Valley is famous for producing some of the world’s most popular wines. Wineries are open every weekend and the winery restaurants are fast gaining a reputation for the place to eat outside of the city.
The capital of South Australia is a vibrant city with a rich, sophisticated heritage with plenty to attract both culture vultures and gourmands alike. Fun fact: South Australia was the only convict-free colony. It was established as a free settlement and populated with voluntary emigration.
● Visit Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s main shopping street, for some great shopping and impressive architecture.
● Visit the National Wine Centre. Situated just outside of the city’s botanic gardens, the centre has a bar boasting Australia’s largest wine tasting room, with over 120 different wines available for sampling
Perth is Australia’s only capital city on the Indian Ocean.
● Visit the historic seaside port of Fremantle just thirty minutes from Perth’s centre.
● Cruise the Swan River as it carves its way through the middle of the city before joining with the sea.
The Northern Territory’s unhurried capital, Darwin, has balmy nights, unusual characters and a plethora of outdoor adventures. You’ll discover strong Aboriginal cultures here, as evidenced by the variety of languages spoken in the streets. The city is also influenced by its proximity to Asia meaning you’ll find an energetic food scene and night markets.