Beaches and barbecues, kangaroos and koalas, whatever you associate with Australia there is always much more to explore in this vast and exciting destination...
Sydney in the state of New South Wales is home to two of Australia's most recognisable landmarks; the Sydney Opera House and the 440 foot Harbour Bridge. The two spectacular feats of engineering that frame the city skyline and are must see sites for visitors to the city.
Within the central CBD (central business district) you will find a modern multicultural city, albeit one with glorious sunshine for most of the year and housing one of the largest, most relaxing botanical gardens in the country.
Venturing to the nearby beaches of Bondi, Coogee or Sandringham will give you a good taste of the Aussie beach and surfer culture. Hopping a scenic ferry across the water to the small suburb on Manly, with its 1950s style streets and gorgeous coastline gives a quieter alternative to the mainland pace. From Sydney travel south to visit the Blue Mountains or north to reach Surfer's Paradise and the Gold Coast. International flights to Australia arrive via Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).
Australia's most liveable city is the arts and cultural hub of the country, home to the nation's media outlets and major sporting venues. Australian Rules Football (AFL), Cricket, the Australian Tennis Open and Motor Grand Prix all reside in Melbourne. What the City lacks in stunning beaches it makes up for in the character and charm of the distinctly European feel of the city centre and the differing suburbs of St Kilda, Brunswick and Fitzroy.
Australia's most stylish city offers shopping options ranging from designer brands to independent side street boutiques. Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures that combines great restaurants with an endearing alleyway café culture, a varied and sophisticated nightlife with a thriving music, theatre and arts scene. International flights arrive via Melbourne International Airport (MLB).
The capital of Western Australia is the fourth populous city in Australia and one of the fastest growing. The west coast's beaches generally offer flatter, more expansive views than those found on the east coast.
Nearby beaches of Scarbough, Sorrento and Cottesloe offer clean sands and great waves for surf and sunbathing. Travelling south of Perth will bring you to the small port of Fremantle whereas travelling north will lead you to Monkey Mia, a popular tourist resort offering the chance to feed wild bottlenose dolphins.
Continuing to travel north will take you on a tour up the largely untouched western coast. Red sands and intense heat will lead all the way to the laid-back bohemian paradise of Broome and then on to natural wonders of the Kimberley. Flights arrive via Perth International Airport (PER).
Brisbane is a bustling metropolis on the Queensland coast, city living with an impressive man-made beach at its centre. Explore the funky markets of Fortitude Valley, feed a kangaroo or cuddle a koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or take a climb up Story Bridge.
From Brisbane you have the option of travelling south to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, or north to Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays. Flights arrive via Brisbane International Airport (BNE).
Adelaide or “The City of Churches” as it is sometimes referred is set in the state of South Australia beside the River Torrens, between the waters of the Gulf of St Vincent and the Adelaide Hills.
Surrounded by parkland and close to the wine region of the Barossa Valley, Adelaide offers plenty of opportunity to get out of the city and explore the rugged scenery and ancient gorges of the Flinders Ranges or a boat cruise on the Murray River. Flights arrive via Adelaide International Airport (ADL).
Situated in the far reaches of Northern Queensland, Cairns is a former mining town that now attracts tourists due to its tropical climate and fun party scene. Its close proximity to the northern coast makes it the perfect gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, with many long stay and day trip diving boats leaving every day.
The city is also the best starting point for those wanting to visit the Horn of Cape Tribulation, a world heritage listed rainforest and one of the longest standing in the country. Flights arrive via Airport of Cairns (CNS).
A small but engaging city in the country's Northern Territory, Darwin is famous for its temperatures of more than 30C from May to October, followed by extreme humidity in November and December, the result of which is some of the most beautiful sunsets you are likely to find in the whole country.
City life is slow paced with a prevalent Aboriginal community. Discover the picturesque Darwin harbour, bordered by the beaches of Mindil and Cullen Bay. Get up close to the local sea life with the hugely popular Aquascene, which allows visitors to hand feed catfish, bream and barramundi at high tide.
Learn the history of the Aboriginals and view the art displays in the many city galleries. Flights arrive via The Airport of Darwin (DRW).
Take yourself away from the major cities and into the outback for a taste of the genuine Australian experience. Taking a road trip in a fully serviced vehicle from Adelaide and up through the centre of the country you will get your taste of red sand, arid, dusty Australian landscape, here you will witness wild horses and kangaroos racing across the country's untouched inner plains.
Alternatively take a flight straight to Alice Springs Airport in the centre of the country and make your way to the world's most famous hunk of sandstone Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock in Uluru Kata National Park.
View the ancient cave paintings and Aboriginal Visitor Centre, then take a trip to the nearby Kings Canyon for a testing, rewarding trek.
The island of Tasmania is a haven for nature lovers with numerous trekking and rambling routes and the 41-mile Overland Track Bushwalk. While the capital Hobart boasts a healthy art scene, gourmet restaurants and every year locals gather for the finish of the legendary Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Flights arrive via The Airport of Hobart (HBA).