Hobart Having a renaissance in culture and arts led by Mona – Museum of Old and New Art | Hobart, Tasmania. • Lots of European history and architecture • Lots of creative events and opportunities • Great food, wine and beer • From Hobart you can explore the rest of this magical isle • You can stop off at King Island on the way for some amazing dairy and beef King Island
Melbourne More cosmopolitan and friendly than Sydney. • Explore the inner city laneways for hidden bars and restaurants • Enjoy the inner-city coastal suburbs like Brighton, Elwood, St Kilda & Albert Park • Melbourne is home to many large sporting events and venues. The Australian Open Tennis tournament in January. Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Plenty of cricket, football and other sports. • The Great Ocean Road is outside of Melbourne and a very beautiful drive. • You catch a ferry or a plane to Tasmania from Melbourne.
Cairns The city itself is not that exciting, but it is a gateway to the Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas, the Atherton Tablelands and other places further north. If you like fishing there are many options including charters.
Perth One of the most remote cities in the world with a population over 1 million. Again the city itself is fine but not a hotbed of culture and activity. But it’s a gateway to nearby historical Fremantle, and the other Western Australian locations and attractions up and down the west coast, which are definitely worth visiting: Margaret River; Albany; Broome; Kalbarri; The Kimberley etc.
If you are visiting, try not to restrict yourself to the cities though. Visit some outback Aboriginal communities. Go to Coober Pedy and sleep in a cave deep underground. See the oldest, still-existing creatures on earth - the stromatolites. Visit the Barossa Valley wineries. Take a 4WD across the largest sand dune desert in the world - the Simpson. Ride Camels along Cable beach at sunset. Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo. See stunning wilderness and rock art in The Kimberley. Take the ‘Ghan across the heart of Australia, including the longest stretch of straight track in the world - 478km.
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