Places in Australia
Book a window seat for your flight to Sydney: day or night, this city sure is good-lookin’. Scratch the surface and it only gets better. Making a Splash Defined just as much by its rugged coast as its exquisite harbour, Sydney relies on its coastal setting to replenish its reserves of charm; venture too far away from the water and the charm suddenly evaporates.
Stylish, arty Melbourne is a city that’s both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and proud of its place as Australia’s cultural capital. Its stately Gold Rush–era architecture and a multicultural make-up reflect the city’s recent history, while edgy street art, top museums and sticky-carpeted band venues point to its present-day personality.
New South Wales
Brassy, bold, stately and old, New South Wales (NSW) hogs the lion’s share of Australia’s population, and it’s where the country’s modern society was birthed. It’s the most eclectic state and one of great contrasts; from the glitz of Sydney’s uberstyle bars and heart-breaking harbour, to the lunar landscapes of Mungo National Park.
With its immense dimensions, meagre population and Perth’s distinction as the world’s most isolated capital city, Western Australia (WA) could be considered Australia's final frontier. It certainly makes a spectacular finale to what the country has to offer. ‘Up north’, you’ll encounter all manner of photogenic landscapes.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Australia in a campervan: top tips from the experts
One of the best ways to see Australia – the east coast, the west coast, or the whole country – is on a self-drive road trip in your own campervan...
Finding Australia's best outback pubs
The Australian outback is dotted with one-pub towns...
Australia's best food experiences: state by state
For a nation so long wed to the pale culinary shadow of the English Sunday dinner (meat and three vegetables, anyone?) Australia has come a long way...
Australia’s best food experiences: a bush tucker tour in the outback
The best way to get a real taste of Australia’s traditional customs and landscapes is to accompany a guide on a bush food and bush medicine tour around their locale...