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The 10 Largest Cities in Australia

posted in: Australia & NZ  |  posted by: Jennifer Gregory on February 20, 2010  |  No Comments

Australia is a continent full of fun and excitement. The problem? It’s huge and if you’re new to the area you’ll have a difficult time deciding where to start your explorations. Why not start by exploring life in some of Australia’s largest cities – where people, technology, and culture blend together to offer some of the best attractions and experiences in the country.

10. Central Coast

The Entrance Central Coast Australia dusk

The Central Coast has a population of around 300,000 people and is an amazing destination for travelers who want to embrace nature at its finest. You’ll enjoy exploring the nearby rainforests in between swimming, surfing, or diving trips. The area is filled with public parks and sports activities, making the Central Coast an amazing destination for individuals, couples, and families alike

9. Gold Coast City

It's Perfect View of Gold Coast

Located along the famed Gold Cost, Gold Cost City itself is also home to 300,000 permanent residents. The entire Gold Coast area sees more than 10 million visitors pass through each year – clamoring for a chance to sunbathe on the area’s gorgeous beaches in between spa days at some of the finest resorts in Australia. Relax on the beach, enjoy the nightlife, or spend the day in an amusement park.

8. Wollongong

019 - Strandtur til Bulli Beach i Wollongong - 22-10-2006 (128)

The city of Wollongong is located in New South Whales and features some of the most breathtaking scenery on the continent. Home to more than 300,000 people, Wollongong is chock full of incredible historic attractions and is also home to an amazing University. The variety of theaters, clubs, restaurants, museums, and galleries will certainly keep you busy in between trips to the beach.

7. Canberra

Australian Icon - Australian War Memorial - Canberra, Australia

Canberra, home to around 380,000 Australian citizens, is the capital of the nation – a large city that seems startlingly small compared to some of the world’s other capital cities. A visit to the capital city is guaranteed to be an enjoyable experience. Make sure you visit the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Australia, Phar Lapa,d the gorgeous Namadgi National Park while you’re there.

6. Newcastle

Bogey Hole, Newcastle, Australia

The city of Newcastle was discovered in 1797 and is known was the second European settlement to develop. Visitors to this amazing city, home to more than 470,000 people, will find the city is a great place to visit to learn about the history and development of Australia. Visit Nobby’s Breakwall, the Convict Lumber Yard, and Bogey Hole while you’re there.

5. Adelaide

IMG_0401  Adelaide Festival Theatre  Sculpture. Ole Parliment House in the background alongside

The city of Adelaide is huge, serving as the home to more than 1.1 million people, is an incredible destination for those in love with culture and the arts. The city is always alive with festivals and events displaying some of the most talented and skilled individuals in the country. Visit the museum, kick back in a local café, or head towards the suburbs to enjoy the fabulous Henley Beach.

4. Perth

perth from south perth

More than 1.5 million people call the city of Perth home. The city, which was established in 1829, sits on the edge of Swan River and is the capital of Western Australia. The city is full of both cultural and architectural landmarks and has a bustling business district but is also home to the incredible Kings Park – a spectacular place to relax after a long day.

3. Brisbane

Brisbane, South Brisbane Town Hall

The city of Brisbane is home to more than 1.8 million Australians and is constantly bustling with activity as well. There’s always something spectacular to do here, from seeing a film at the Moonlight Cinema to participating in the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Take in a rubgy or cricket game, visit local historic sites, or simply relax in one of Brisbane’s beautiful parks. You won’t regret the trip.

2. Melbourne

Melbourne CBD and Yarra River from Princes Bridge

Melbourne is a city you have to experience in order to truly appreciate. Home to more than 3.8 million people, Melbourne is a city full of mystery and intrigue. You’ll enjoy incredible festivals, museums, galleries, wine tastings, and so much more. Book a hotel in Melbourne, visit a local spa, and explore.

1. Sydney

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Cruise, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney is home to almost 4 million Australians and is one of the most popular cities amongst tourists as well. The Sydney Wildlife Park, Sydney Opera House, local beaches, and Royal Botanic Gardens are just a few attractions bound to keep you busy.

Pack your bags, hop the next flight, and enjoy your time in Australia. You’re bound to have an amazing trip – no matter what city you end up in!

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