Your Guide to Australian Cities
SydneySydney is the most populous of Australian cities with 4,840,600 residents as of 2014 (Source: ABS). Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales and is renowned for its harbour, the distinctive Sydney Opera House and, of course, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Detailed information on what Sydney can offer you as a temporary or permanent destination can be found at the official tourism site for Destination NSW, a department of NSW Government.
Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria and with a population of 4,440,300 people (as of 2014) is the second largest of Australian cities (Source: ABS). Melbourne is a multicultural city and is in close proximity to Australian icons such as the Great Ocean Road. Melbourne is recognised as a sporting city; hosting the 1956 Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the Australian Open Grand Slam and the Australian Football League Grand Final. Detailed information on what Melbourne can offer you can be found at the official Australia tourism website.
Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland and had an estimated resident population of 2,274,600 people as of 2014 (Source: ABS). This makes Brisbane the third largest of Australian cities. Brisbane is a popular tourism destination due to its close proximity to the beautiful cities of the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast (south and north of the city respectively). As the third most populous of Australian cities, Brisbane is an important hub for official events in Australia, having hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88 and the 2014 G-20 Summit.
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and had an estimated resident population of 2,021,200 people as of 2014 (Source: ABS). Perth is blessed with beautiful beaches, and as the world's sunniest capital city (averaging 8 hours of sun per day) you will have plenty of time to enjoy them! Perth is also Australia's most remote capital city and is actually closer to Jakarta than it is to Canberra. However, Perth's attractiveness must outweigh its remoteness, because as of 2013 Perth was Australia's fastest growing capital city (Source: ABS).
Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and had an estimated resident population of 1,304,600 people as of 2014 (Source: ABS). Adelaide is widely known as the "City of Churches" and is in close proximity to the world renowned Barossa Valley and Clare Valley wine regions. Adelaide is also close to nature, with Glenelg Beach being popular due to its abundance of wild dolphins. You can even share a swim with them!
The Gold Coast is only one hour drive south of Brisbane and is a bustling city in its own right. The Gold Coast is famous for the iconic Surfers Paradise, international theme parks, beautiful surf beaches and hinterland, nightlife, and amazing weather. It is no surprise that the Gold Coast is on the to-do list of many tourists and attracts over 12 million annual vistors. The Gold Coast will also host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Newcastle is the second most populous city in New South Wales. It occupies a prime location on the east coast of Australia being less than 200 kilometres north of Australia's largest city, Sydney. Newcastle is home to a fantastic surf beach (Newcastle Beach - pictured right) and is also home to the world's largest coal exporting port.
Canberra is the Capital city of Australia and is centred around the man-made Lake Burley Griffin (named after American architect Walter Burley Griffin who won a competition to design Australia's capital city). As Australia's capital, the city is home to national treasures such as the Australian War Memorial (pictured - left), Parliament House, and the National Gallery of Australia.
The Sunshine Coast is located approximately 100 kilometres north of Brisbane and is renowned for its beautiful surf beaches, hinterland, rivers and lakes. The Sunshine Coast is a popular tourism destination with many and varied attractions such as the world renowned Noosa, Australia Zoo, Underwater World, Glasshouse Mountains, Mooloolaba and pristine surf beaches. The Sunshine Coast is a rapidly growing city, however the region still has an element of charm due to its very relaxed and undeveloped nature when compared to the bustling and glitzy Gold Coast.