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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?