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.
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!
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
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.