Quick guide to Aussie cities

There’s so much that this vast con­ti­nent has to of­fer, with each city hav­ing its own charm and at­trac­tion.

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AUS­TRALIA may be known for its unique wildlife and land­scapes but the Merry Ol’ Land of Oz has got much more to of­fer if you’re crav­ing an ur­ban va­ca­tion. The hard part is pick­ing just which city Down Un­der is go­ing to float your boat. To make your work sourc­ing a city get­away much eas­ier, I’m pro­vid­ing the Ja­son Down Un­der guide to Your Aus­tralian Ur­ban Va­ca­tion!

Syd­ney, New South Wales

It seems like ev­ery­one and their cousins want to visit this place and, what can I say, it’s uber cool – from surf­ing in beau­ti­ful Bondi Beach to shop­ping at the Pitt Street Mall, to grab­bing din­ner at one of the awe­some restau­rants in Dar­ling Har­bour. The ques­tion is: Are you cool enough for Syd­ney? Ja­son’s picks:

Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge: Climb­ing is a

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great way to get up this iconic struc­ture! Matt Da­mon, Teri Hatcher and Will Smith are among the celebri­ties who have done so.

Vivid Syd­ney: This light and art show, held at the end of May, trans­forms the city into a spec­tac­u­lar sight.

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Bris­bane, Queens­land

A river runs through it but I can’t guar­an­tee hot blond men ala Brad Pitt will be there; still, it is Aus­tralia so there’s a pretty good chance. The me­an­der­ing Bris­bane River re­ally sets the city apart; the re­laxed, sub-trop­i­cal flair helps, too. Kayak along the river and see the sky­line from a to­tally dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. If you don’t want to get in the way of the rivers’ dol­phins and bull sharks (se­ri­ously, they’re in there), you can bike, run, or walk along­side the water­way to take in the sights. Ja­son’s picks:

Gallery of Mod­ern Art (GOMA): Just when you thought the city was all about the river, Bris­bane lets you get artsy at one of the pre­mier art gal­leries on the con­ti­nent.

The Story Bridge: Ab­seil off it and cre­ate your own story.

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Ho­bart, Tas­ma­nia

With a pop­u­la­tion of about 200,000, Tas­ma­nia is nowhere close to giv­ing you a fear of crowds. Ho­bart has an 18th cen­tury feel about it, with many of its hippest ho­tels and eat­ing spots oc­cu­py­ing turn-of-the-cen­tury, fac­tory-style build­ings. And seafood doesn’t get any fresher than in Ho­bart, un­less you’re in the wa­ter, eat­ing it! Ja­son’s picks:

Mu­seum of Old and New Art (MONA), an art gallery like no other. Provoca­tive, shock­ing and un­for­get­table, it’s a must-see. Even their toi­lets are art ex­hibits; us­ing one of their bath­room stalls lit­er­ally gave me the shock of a life­time.

Cas­cade Brew­ery: It claims to be Aus­tralia’s old­est beer-man­u­fac­tur­ing en­ter­prise, at 175 years old. Go on a tour, taste the beer, or do both at the same time.

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Mel­bourne, Vic­to­ria

Per­haps the most Euro­pean city in Aus­tralia, Mel­bourne is a col­lec­tion of quirky lanes with in­cred­i­ble food, great fash­ion, and so many al­fresco cafés it gives Paris a run for its eu­ros. The cap­i­tal of Vic­to­ria has a chilled, cos­mopoli­tan feel to it. This is a city where they’ve got a laneway for ev­ery­thing, be it

He made it! Ja­son grin­ning widely af­ter climb­ing Syd­ney Har­bour bridge.

the Cas­cade brew­ery in Ho­bart is re­port­edly the old­est brew­ery in aus­tralia. Won­der if that foun­tain flows with beer?

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