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Known by millions as the land Down Under, Australia’s gorgeous summer weather, laid-back lifestyle and marvellous scenery make it one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world.

Whether you’re a history buff, a wildlife enthusiast or simply want to enjoy a BBQ on the beach, the island has everything. Otherworldly attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef simply cannot be missed and the art and culture on offer is unbelievable.

Currency: The money here is Australian Dollars. One of these is equal to 60p (as of August 2016).

Climate: The weather conditions in Australia vary massively depending on location. There could be monsoons or desert heat depending on where you are. Winters tend to be mild, too, while summers are extremely humid.

Customs and etiquette: English is the primary language of the country and locals have a very laid-back, modest perspective on life. Expect most citizens to be informal, friendly and down-to-earth.

Perth

Perth

Located off the beautiful western coast of Australia, Perth attracts tourists in their high numbers every year thanks to its fantastic scenery and attractions.

Spots such as Swan River and the South Perth Foreshore provide a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, while the Fraser Avenue Lookout offers extraordinary views of the whole city.

Elsewhere, the Perth Mint is a fascinating historical site for travellers and has produced Australian coins since 1899. Here, you can see how coins are made from pure gold into legal tender and pick up some unique souvenirs.

Must-see: The Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and offers magnificent views of the coastline, along with some beautiful plant life.

Shopping: Whether you want to explore some eclectic stalls at the Canning Vale and Subiaco Marketers or huge malls such as Garden City, there are plenty of bargains to look forward to across Perth.

Getting around: Buses, trains and ferries are all available through the Transperth network. SmartRider cards can also be bought, providing unlimited travel across the city.

Adelaide

Adelaide

With a wonderfully metropolitan vibe and plenty of arts and culture to explore, Adelaide continues to build a strong reputation as one of Australia’s leading cities.

The destination is very easy to travel around, too. Despite its many attractions, getting from A to B here is relatively straightforward. The River Torrens and the North Terrace are fantastic spots in particular, where tourists can wander for hours taking in unadulterated beauty and compelling culture.

However, if you want to simply put your feet up, the beaches here are something else. Visit Grange and West Beach to take in the unforgettable Southern Australia sunset, or dip your feet in the sea at the tranquil Holdfast Bay.

Must-see: The Adelaide Oval is the country’s leading cricket venue and cannot be missed. Even if there are no matches scheduled during your stay, you can learn about its fascinating history by booking tickets for the stadium tour.

Shopping: If you want the latest designer garments, Rundle Mall is the place to be. You can look forward to more than 1,000 retailers, ranging from international brands to boutique sellers.

Getting around: The free City Connector Loop Bus makes it easy for tourists to get around all of the main attractions and runs every day of the week. However, as many of the streets are flat, walking is definitely recommended for those wanting to gain a better insight into the Adelaide way of life.

Brisbane

Brisbane

The vibrant river city of Brisbane is expanding rapidly with a raft of amazing modern attractions and culture, meaning it is sure to offer plenty of excitement for travellers.

Whether you want to explore the great outdoors with a peaceful ferry down the Brisbane River, or catch some live music at the stunning Performing Arts Centre, you will not have a dull moment in this wonderful destination.

If you’re looking for incredible photo opportunities, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb should not be a missed. From the structure, you can enjoy unforgettable views of the skyline and, if you’re after an adrenaline rush, there is the option of abseiling.  

Must-see: Mount Coot-tha Lookout offers a sensational view of the entire city, making for some memorable photo opportunities.

Shopping: The premier district is the City, where visitors can explore more than 1,000 retailers, including the region’s largest selection of flagship stores.

Getting around: A TransLink pass will provide access to bus, ferry and rail services across Brisbane and south-east Queensland. Free coach services circle the city every ten minutes, too.

Melbourne

Melbourne

As a melting pot of culture, sport and fashion, Melbourne makes for a fantastic holiday destination.

The second most populous city in Australia offers the perfect combination of fast-paced city life and coastal serenity. You can take in the majestic architecture and retailers of Block Arcade, or head away from the centre to explore unbelievable natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park or St Kilda beach.

Melbourne also has a glowing reputation for its sports scene and it’s easy to see why. Melbourne Cricket Ground and Rod Laver Arena are fantastic venues, while the National Sports Museum features a vast array of fascinating artefacts.  

Must-see: The Royal Botanic Gardens make for a blissful walk, taking in some mesmerising scenery with plants from all over the world.

Shopping: For the largest variety of retailers, the Chadstone complex is the best option. Expect an amazing number of high-end and boutique stores that can be explored for hours.

Getting around: By purchasing a MyKi ticket, visitors are granted access to all of the city’s trains, trams and buses. These can be bought from major stockists and train stations.

Sydney

Sydney

Boasting one of the most iconic harbours in the world, amazing beaches and sensational culture, it’s no surprise that Sydney is a bucket list destination for millions of people.

The Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Bondi Beach are among the most popular tourist spots in this magnificent city. Very few other locations boast the capital of New South Wales’ balance of metropolitan style and picturesque scenery.

For culture vultures, the Art Gallery of New South Wales should not be missed. Expect marvellous exhibitions from across the world, as well as extraordinary live music recitals.

Must-see: Bondi Beach is the kind of destination that dreams are made of. Beautiful water, amazing sports facilities and golden sand make this a fantastic spot to wind down. What’s more, it’s only five miles from the city centre. However the Bondi to Coogee walk is a must-do, taking in five beaches. The Sydney Bridge Climb is on a lot of people's bucket lists, however a higher view can be obtained at a fraction of the cost by going up the Westfield tower. Taronga Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world, and the view of the harbour behind the giraffes is a brilliant photo opportunity.

Shopping: Westfield Shopping Centre is the perfect place to find some bargains. You can look forward to big international brands and incredible architecture unlike most malls.

Getting around: An Opal card is your gateway to Sydney. These passes can be used on buses, ferries and light rail services throughout the city. 

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