Australia is pretty darn huge, with eight states and countless cities to explore. But when it comes to the best of the best, there are three in particular that take our fancy. We’re talking Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane; each one as unique as the next, from their stunning cityscapes to iconic coastlines. Taking you across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, we're providing an in-depth look into things to do, places to drink and ideas for eating out, with our guide to the top 3 cities in Australia.
It’s got to be said that Melbourne is one of the most unique places to go in Australia. The city itself is buzzing with a creative atmosphere thanks to its music scene, artistic community and cultural history. When it comes to the city's bars? Well they're just as quirky as you’d hope, from the industrial State of Grace to the quirky Heartbreaker basement haunt. of Of course, you can’t ignore the city’s incredible restaurants, where experimental 12-course feasts are met with Instagram-famous burgers served in a train carriage. As for late night antics, seek out live entertainment at Sub Club Melbourne or do your best Whitney impression while belting out karaoke at The Shady Lady.
We’d argue that Sydney is the most iconic Australia location to add to your bucket list. One of the country’s largest cities, it’s home to the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the oh-so gorgeous Bondi Beach. From sweeping cityscapes to picture-perfect coastlines, there really is something for everyone. The best way to see it all has to be from one of the city’s rooftop bars. The varied restaurant scene features casual joints like Mr Wong and pretty outdoor venues such as The Winery that are perfect for soaking up the NSW sunshine. While you’re there, conquer your fear of heights with BridgeClimb, take a dip in one of the city's gorgeous swimming pools or hire a private igloo.
Nestled between the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, Brisbane is a sprawling metropolis with world-class galleries, award-winning restaurants and some seriously impressive bars. When it comes to places to visit in Australia, this is somewhere for those who love a tropical climate, as this city gets 283 days of sunshine per year. When you're seeking a little refreshment, get your fix of handcrafted sips on a lush green terrace at Sixes and Sevens or take to the waterfront for Greca's Mediterranean bites. If you happen to be visiting on a romantic escape, there’s heaps of things to do as a couple, from cabaret shows all the way through to beer tastings on a barge.