Planning a city getaway but don’t know where to begin? We’ve put together a guide of the best things to do, most popular places to visit, best restaurants and dining precincts and the top places to stay in Australia’s capital cities, so you’ll be heading towards those bright city lights in no time.
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Things to do in Melbourne:
Top things to do in Melbourne: Catch an AFL game or live gig at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) or grab tickets to one of the many Melbourne festivals popping up throughout the year.
Top things to see in Melbourne: Discover the labyrinth of arcades and famous Melbourne laneways with quirky shops, great coffee and colourful street art or visit the bustling Queen Victoria Market, a Melbourne hot-spot.
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Things to do in Sydney:
Top things to do in Sydney: Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to admire the stunning views or catch a Big Bash match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Top things to see in Sydney: The Sydney Opera House is an absolute must-see. Head to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens for the best views of this worldwide icon.
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Things to do in Brisbane:
Top things to do in Brisbane: A beach in the middle of a city? Brisbane’s got it. Cool off at Streets Beach in South Bank – patrolled year round by lifeguards and free to use by the public.
Top things to see in Brisbane: Watch the sun rise over the city from Mount Coot-tha. Wake up early and drive to this Instagrammable hotspot for spectacular views of Brisbane city.
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Top things to do in Adelaide: Pat a giant panda at Adelaide Zoo or venture into the Adelaide Hills or Barossa Valley for some wine tasting.
Top things to see in Adelaide: Adelaide Botanic Garden is ideally located in the heart of the city, yet feels worlds away. Take a free guided walk to discover the hidden treasures of the gardens.
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Things to do in Darwin:
Top things to do in Darwin: Experience the “Cage of Death” at Crocosaurus Cove, where you’ll be lowered into crocodile infested waters, or head to Crocodylus Park for a slightly less terrifying croc-encounter.
Top things to see in Darwin: As the sun sets on the horizon, head to Mindil Beach for the sunset markets, with over 300 stalls, live entertainment, movies and more (April to October; Thursday and Sunday evenings).
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Things to do in Perth:
Top things to do in Perth: Fill up your glass in the Swan Valley, just 25 minutes from Perth. Visit wineries, breweries, galleries, cafes and more in this picturesque Western Australian region.
Top things to see in Perth: With panoramic city and Swan River views, Kings Park and the Perth Botanic Gardens is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll, picnic or some casual bird watching.
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Things to do in Canberra:
Top things to do in Canberra: National attractions are aplenty! Visit the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, National Gallery of Australia, Royal Australian Mint and more!
Top things to see in Canberra: The centrepiece of Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin is the ideal place for water lovers. Walk or bike along the shoreline, kayak or sail on the water or simply relax in the park with a good book.
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Things to do in Hobart:
Top things to do in Hobart: MONA (or the Museum of Old and New Art) is by far one of the top Hobart attractions. Unique, fun and interesting, this is not your standard museum. Check out the very cool exhibits or visit during the MOFO festival in January, when things really heat up.
Top things to see in Hobart: Drive up to the top of Mt Wellington through the rainforest for panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island and beyond. Explore walking tracks, discover unique flora and fauna and breathe in the crisp, clean air.
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