Australia | Cities

Sydney

 

To help us find out feet, we had booked a week with a tour company called Ultimate Oz. They helped us set up a bank account, sim card and medicare which proved to be very helpful. We could also use their office as a delivery address for any mail. I have to say, Sydney was not my favourite place. Obviously you should visit but I would say 3 days is ample to see the sights. 

In Sydney, like a lot of things in the world, you pay for the badge. What I mean is that because it’s Sydney, the place where most people go in Australia, you pay a lot more for simple items. It’s kind of like how you pay £50 for a phone cable from Apple just because its “Apple”, not because it’s better than any other ones.

 

Not to miss in Sydney:

  • Chinatown

  • Darling harbour

  • Coogee to Bondi coastal walk

  • Botanic gardens

  • Opera house

  • Manly beach

 

We were in Sydney for Christmas and New Year but made a point of avoiding the CBD and instead stayed in Coogee for Christmas, Kensington for New Year and later in Manly during our East coast trip. I fully recommend Manly and Coogee - both lovely, chilled out areas.

 

 

Melbourne

 

When I was 3 my family lived in Melbourne and I have been back on holiday since then too. Melbourne is awesome. After our week with Ultimate Oz we flew to Melbourne for 2 weeks to spend our birthdays and got an Airbnb in Spotswood. We would later return 3 or 4 times over the year.

 

Not to miss in Melbourne:

 

  • Eureka tower 

  • Brighton beach

  • Hosier lane

  • Federation square 

  • Free walking tour

  • National Gallery of Victoria

  • Botanic gardens

  • St. Kilda

  • Rooftop bars

  • Get a Myki card for public transport - super cheap.

  • State library of Victoria

 

 

 

Adelaide 

 

The last city we visited and I think it took the No.1 spot. We stayed in a (you guessed it) Airbnb for a couple weeks with a guy called Dean who was super down to earth. We actually got quite lucky with this one because his parents were away and he put their house on Airbnb as a joke and we booked it as soon as we saw it. We pretty much had the place to ourselves plus his 2 dogs and frogs.

 

Anyway, don’t miss:

 

  • Take the tram to Glenelg 

  • Art Museum 

  • Museum of South Australia

  • Botanic Gardens

  • Central market

 

Brisbane

On the way down the East coast we spent 5 nights in Brisbane which, as it turns out, doesn’t have much in the way of camp sites or anything for camper-vans at all really.

 

Not to miss

  • Southbank food and wine festival

  • QLD gallery of modern art

  • Museum of Brisbane

  • World Press Photo exhibition at the Brisbane Powerhouse

  • Brisbane sign looking to the CBD

 

Cairns

 

Backpacker central! If you ever miss home in Australia just go to Cairns and you’ll feel right at home. Not climate wise, obviously, but all we heard when we were here was British accents. The most popular reason for this is that Cairns is dubbed the “gateway to the Great Barrier Reef” although it isn’t actually the most direct place on the East Coast to leave from.

 

Cairns has a really nice vibe to it. Kind of like a Los Angeles, tropical type vibe. As bad as it sounds, if it wasn’t full of Brits I’d probably love the place. No skyscrapers or high-rise buildings

 

Don’t miss:

 

  • Daintree National park

  • Lagoon 

  • Great Barrier Reef

  • Night market

  • Studio 13 for you tattoos

© James Lilley 2018