Awe­some Aus­tralia

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out­door eat­ing, cof­fee or graf­fiti art. Ja­son’s picks:

Collins Street: Start at the Paris end of this street for lux­ury brands like Chanel, Gior­gio Ar­mani and Louis Vuit­ton, then head to Lit­tle Collins Street for edgy bou­tiques that won’t stress your credit cards’ limit.

The Aus­tralian Open. En­joy the match (held in Jan­uary), Aussie style, in a beer gar­den or grab tick­ets and watch ten­nis’ big­gest stars grunt­ing as they ham­mer a ball at each other.

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Perth, Western Aus­tralia

Built on the banks of the Swan River, the cap­i­tal of Western Aus­tralia is known for its blue skies and stun­ning nat­u­ral set­ting. Perth has all the trap­pings of a me­trop­o­lis – great food, amaz­ing sights, pris­tine wa­ter­ways and the in­cred­i­ble Botanic Gar­dens at King’s Park. Ja­son’s picks:

The Bell Tower (or the Swan Bell Tower): Ring­ing bells in a tower doesn’t sound that hard to do un­til you do it your­self. Learn how to ring th­ese mas­sive bells with­out caus­ing bod­ily harm to your­self. Se­ri­ously.

Fremantle Prison, a for­mer max­i­mum­se­cu­rity jail. Each cell has an in­cred­i­ble story at­tached to it, and maybe even some art­work!

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Ade­laide, South Aus­tralia

In Ade­laide, the first place I went to was Mon­te­fiore Hill where the statue of Colonel Wil­liam Light stands; he is per­pet­u­ally point­ing at the wide lanes and lush parks cov­er­ing much of the city he planned. He looks quite proud, as he should be, as Ade­laide has grown into a cul­tur­ally di­verse, re­laxed city where most of the at­trac­tions are within walk­ing dis­tance of each other. Ja­son’s picks:

The Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tures Gallery and the Tan­danya Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural In­sti­tute.

Ade­laide Cen­tral Mar­ket: It opened over a hun­dred years ago and has been go­ing strong ever since. This is the place for get­ting fresh pro­duce, meat and cheeses, and dip­ping straw­ber­ries in fon­due.

So there you have it, the tip of the ice­berg of fig­ur­ing out which Aus­tralian city to

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check out. No mat­ter what ur­ban ex­pe­ri­ence you seek, Aus­tralia has it – plus a whole lot more.

Go to www.aus­tralia.com for more info and you’ll be hang­ing out in an Aussie city in no time, mate!

Catch the re-run of Ja­son Down Un­der next Thurs­day at 11.30pm ex­clu­sively on Life In­spired (Astro B.yond Ch728).

Learn to ring the mas­sive bells at bell tower in bar­rack Square, Perth.

Part of the mar­vel­lous city sky­line of Mel­bourne.

ade­laide’s Cen­tral Mar­ket is the place to go to for cheeses, among a host of other things.

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