Which City is right for me?
Melbourne is the cultural and sporting capital of Australia. It has been named the most livable city in the world 6 years in a row! With the height of the Australian Music and Arts making Melbourne its home It is easy to see why. Melbourne is Australia’s second biggest city with about 4 million inhabitants, the city is very modern and is includes some of the best shopping, cafes and restaurants in the country.
Melbournians love their sporting events with cricket, Aussie Rules football and Rugby League drawing major crowds while don’t forget the most famous horse race in the world is hosted here every year. Its climate is often referred to as ‘four seasons in one day’ and can be compared to a warmer sunnier London. A big plus for Melbourne is how the city is built. On a grid structure, the streets are very easy to navigate and public transport is extremely efficient. Plus there is free public transport for the city center making getting around a whole lot cheaper.
TIP: Fast free public WiFi is available across the central city. It’s quick and easy to access. Simply look up available networks on your device, select ‘VicFreeWiFi’ and accept the terms and conditions.
Iconic Sydney with its Harbour bridge and Opera House is the Capital of New South Wales. It is the biggest city in Australia With over 4 million people residing here. Surrounded by famous beaches like Bondi, Coogee and Manly, this city has the best of both worlds. The work-life balance in Sydney is one of the best in Oz, as you can study at a prestigious institution during your morning and hit up the beaches in the afternoon. Sydney has 3 of the top 10 universities in Australia all with-in a 15 minute drive of each other.
The night life is extremely traveler friendly, with party districts going off 7 nights a week. Sights to see while in Sydney include the beautiful Blue Mountains west of Sydney, with waterfalls, gorges, Aussie wild life and some of the best hikes Australia has to offer. The Bondi to Coogee coastal trail is a photogenic 6 kilometer walking track that takes you along the scenic coastline and through beaches including Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, and, finally, Coogee Beach. Bring your swimmers as there are non stop opportunities to jump in!
TIP: Take a sneaky trip to Manly Beach via the Ferry from Circular Quay. Amazing views and photo opportunities of the Sydney harbour bridge and Sydney opera house along the way. ($7 one way)
Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where creative spaces, music and hip new restaurants meet pretty riverside gardens and man-made beaches. Brisbane is Australia’s 3rd largest city with 2 million inhabitants. Known for it’s passionate die hard sporting fans, the people of Brisbane are also extremely friendly and you’ll probably notice that thick true Aussie accent. The climate is sub-tropical with hot, humid summers and dry moderately warm winters – it is uncommon for winter max temperatures to be below 20 degrees, Hello sunshine! Brisbane is perfectly positioned to experience a lot out with your time here.
The amazing Gold Coast is 1 hour away and is perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway. Byron bay, just an hour further, south is a traveler hotspot with some of the finest beaches in the world. With picturesque islands off the coast of Australia just a boat ride away, everything is at your fingertips in Brisbane.
TIP: Buy a Go Card — Users save about 30% on a single priced ticket, so if you think you will do lots of traveling around the city, this pass would be worth the purchase. Plus if you don’t use it all, you can get a refund on what you have left.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and is known to be the heart beat of the wine industry in Australia. Adelaide is the most affordable major city in Australia and was voted as the 5th most livable city in the world in 2015.
Discover its laneway secrets and take in the stunning flora at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. The Barossa valley, 1 hour from the city is the major wine region in Australia with over 150 winery’s! Daily tours and winery experiences are plentiful and loads of fun. Adelaide’s music festival list is choc full of dates, with a large array of festivals making their way down south year after year.
With beaches, markets and cafes all over the place there’s always something to do in Adelaide.
TIP: Free Bike hire in Adelaide! 8 hours of free bike hire you only need to leave your photo ID as a deposit. Explore the city in style.
Nature and urban life exist in harmony in Perth, on Australia’s west coast. Perth has incredibly blue skies and more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city.
Perth is the fourth largest city in Australia and home to 1.9 million people. Surrounded by white sand beaches and scenic parklands Perth has an abundance of native animals and marine life. You can move around the city free of charge using the public transport, which is perfectly set up for student life!
Make sure you check out Rottnest Island! Only 19 kilometers from Perth, it will take you back in time to when life was relaxed and simple. Along with more than 60 beaches, coral reefs harboring tropical fish, and history-packed buildings, Rottnest is home to an Instagram star, the friendly quokka, a marsupial found only in Western Australia.
TIP: The safest swimming beach is Cottesloe Beach. It has cafes, pubs, pine trees right near the beach and has some of the best sunsets in all of Australia.
The Gold Coast’s star attraction is its beaches, including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise.
Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighborhoods, a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks.
With Brisbane city center a stones throw away, along with Byron Bay next door, everything is close when you’re on the gold coast!
TIP: The only thing better than the famous gold coast beaches are the theme parks near by – a guaranteed rush! Check out Dream World and Wet n’ Wild.
Byron bay is the hippie capital of Australia, its chilled out vibe and beach lifestyle is a utopia for travelers and students.
Surf camps, yoga retreats and tie dye patterns are plentiful in Byron. With one of the finest beaches in the world on the main street, it’s the most common meeting point with big crowds lining the beach until after sunset.
Check out the amazing cafes and restaurants right on main beach after a big days surf.
TIP: Catch the sunrise before the rest of Oz by watching it rise over the ocean at Byron Bay Light house, the most easterly point in Australia. The views are unforgettable!
Hobart is the Capital of Tasmania and is Australia’s most southerly city. Hobarts population is just over 200,000 people. It offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities and attractions nearby.
Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. Hobart experiences four distinct seasons, each with its own beauty and charm, it is classified as having a mild temperate climate.
TIP: Mt Wellington is a MUST see when in Hobart. The views from the look out over Hobart City are other worldly.
Cairns is a small city in Queensland’s Tropical North with only 150,000 inhabitants. Cairns is the starting point for boat trips visiting the largest coral reef in the world, ‘The Great Barrier Reef’.
Visit Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest, but don’t miss the great things to do in and around town. You’ll find brilliant cafés, bustling markets and plenty of beaches nearby.
Relax by a one of its many pools or spend your days exploring this tropical oasis.
TIP: Dive the great barrier reef, meet nemo and experience the coral come to life as you swim up close to it. Day trips start at around $180 AUD for the day.
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory. It is a small and very remote city with only around 120,000 people calling it home. Darwin is the most northern of Australian cities. It is also the gateway to some of Australia’s most breathtaking National Parks. Kakadu National Park is one of the essentials when in the Northern Territory. It is Australia’s biggest national park, inside you’ll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people, take in thundering waterfalls and witness millions of migratory birds among the wetlands.
Darwin has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons and the average maximum temperature is remarkably similar all year round.
TIP: Swim with the crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove, The cage of death is Australia’s ONLY crocodile dive experience, with 360 degree underwater views its a fright not to be missed.