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Sydney offers plenty of historical and contemporary Australian flavor. The... more
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Sydney
Sydney offers plenty of historical and contemporary Australian flavor. The marvelous Sydney Opera House looks like a great origami sailboat, floating peacefully in a harbor. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets of The Rocks and then take in a street performance on the Circular Quay before heading into the Museum of Contemporary Art. The views from the Sydney Tower Eye observatory are epic – use this chance to get to know the layout of the city from high above.
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Lovely, laid-back Melbourne has something for everyone: family fare, local and... more
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Melbourne
Lovely, laid-back Melbourne has something for everyone: family fare, local and international art, haute boutiques, multicultural dining, Australian and Aboriginal history, spectator sports, and pulsing, swanky nightlife. Cruise on the free City Circle Tram loop to check out unique attractions like the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Healesville Sanctuary, which buzzes with local animal species.
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Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane is the hub of Queensland culture,... more
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Brisbane
Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane is the hub of Queensland culture, offering a peek at the past and a glimpse into the future. Visit the historic Windmill and Old Commissariat Store, built by convicts in 1828, or fast-forward to the present (and beyond) with a trip to the new Gallery of Modern Art. Mingle with locals atop Mount Coot-tha, cruise the Brisbane River to South Bank’s sandy beach on the City Cat and make sure to fill the cuteness quota at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, home to koalas and kangaroos. 
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Tuck into succulent five-star meals in Port Douglas, the culinary gem of... more
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Port Douglas
Tuck into succulent five-star meals in Port Douglas, the culinary gem of Queensland, or suck down a killer cocktail at a casually swanky lounge. A perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest at Daintree and the beaches at Cape Tribulation, this Queensland town has an out-of-this-world setting. Sunbathe on the golden sands of Four Mile Beach, then melt into perfect pampering at one of Port Douglas’ glorious day spas for the ultimate in relaxation. 
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Perched on Tasmania’s southeastern coast, the lively city of Hobart is a unique... more
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Hobart
Perched on Tasmania’s southeastern coast, the lively city of Hobart is a unique mash-up of the 19th and 21st centuries. The waterfront cafes, restaurants and studios of the largest city in Tasmania are housed in centuries-old converted warehouses that overlook a harbor bustling with yachts and fishing boats. An active arts scene, vibrant nightlife and leisurely daytime pace add to the city’s charm.
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Nestled in the fertile Hunter Valley, Cessnock’s wine region is one of the... more
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Cessnock
Nestled in the fertile Hunter Valley, Cessnock’s wine region is one of the oldest and most diverse in the world, making it a terrific destination for oenophiles. There are over 100 wineries in the area, and vineyard and cellar tours are among Cessnock’s most popular attractions. World-class golf courses, gourmet eateries, lush gardens and blissful spas round out the local appeal.
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Perched on a lush peninsula at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach is a popular... more
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Airlie Beach
Perched on a lush peninsula at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach is a popular jumping-off point for the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. The constant comings and goings of travelers make for a vibrant nightlife scene bursting with pubs and clubs. You’ll want to swim at the man-made lagoon, though, instead of one of the town beaches—their waters are full of stinging jellyfish.
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Byron Bay's beaches are dotted with lighthouses and surrounded by bottlenose... more
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Byron Bay
Byron Bay's beaches are dotted with lighthouses and surrounded by bottlenose dolphins, rays, whales and sea turtles. This former New South Wales whaling station turned tourist town is still strongly influenced by its recent bohemian past, when hippie lifestyles flourished. Bongos and didgeridoos sound in parks, sarongs and dreadlocks are common, and vegetarian restaurants abound. Give in to the casual vibe and stroll between beaches and bars for a low-key and happy day.
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Far more than just a city of civil servants, Canberra is an oft overlooked... more
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Canberra
Far more than just a city of civil servants, Canberra is an oft overlooked beauty in the midst of Australia's inland hills, conveniently located between the ski slopes of Brindabella National Park and the beaches of the east coast. The country's history and culture are on proud display in the many museums, galleries and theaters, while innumerable green spaces and parks give the city a fresh vitality and colorful flair.
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Darwin has a sophisticated arts scene… and an annual Beer Can Regatta, featuring... more
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Darwin
Darwin has a sophisticated arts scene… and an annual Beer Can Regatta, featuring tiny boats built from booze vessels. It’s also a great sports town—you’ll find rugby, cricket, basketball and Aussie rules football at the Marrara Sports Complex and V8 Supercars action at the Hidden Valley Raceway. Hit the surf and sand at beautiful Casaurina Beach (consider yourself warned: there’s a designated nudist section) or Mindil Beach.
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