The world’s largest island, Australia is one of the world’s most favoured tourist destinations whether you like walking around large trendy cities, catching some rays at the beach or roughing it in the outback. Even though the capital is Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne are the largest and most popular cities in Australia.

Sydney lies in the state of New South Wales and is famed for its iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, known fondly to locals as ‘the Coat Hanger’. Sydney has over 50 beaches (the most famous is Bondi Beach) but if you prefer pounding the city, Circular Quay, the Botanical Gardens and Chinatown are all good attractions to visit.

Known as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne has a vibrant arts scene as well as being famous as the home to the world famous MCG Stadium and the host of the Melbourne Grand Prix. Drive up to the tropical city of Darwin and take the road trip of a lifetime while enjoying visits to Alice Springs and Ayer’s Rock along the way.

Other places worth noting in Australia include Perth in Western Australia, which is one of the country’s youngest cities and famous for its relaxed atmosphere. On the east coast, there are numerous places to visit on the way to Brisbane and the city itself has plenty of famous beaches and a vibrant nightlife scene.

If you are only coming for a couple of weeks and wish to stay in luxury, four-star hotels can be found in all of the major cities. If you are touring Australia, most people opt for staying in hostels, which are a great way of meeting other travellers and are reasonably priced with good facilities.

There are numerous ways to arrive in Australia and every major carrier known in the industry offers flights here. If you don’t opt for a direct 24-hour flight, you can do what most others do and break the trip up by stopping in Southeast Asia before flying on. The main gateway is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport but low-cost airlines now fly from Asia to other, smaller air hubs.