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Perth

Capital city of the beautiful state of Western Australia.

Situated on the banks of the Swan River with a population of over 1.5 million people, it was ranked 4th on The Economists list of most livable cities in 2008. + read more


Home to some of the most fabulous Indian Ocean beaches, the state itself has over 12,000 kilometres of beautiful coastline. Perth receives moderate though highly seasonal rainfall. Summers are generally hot and dry, lasting from late December to late March, with February generally being the hottest month of the year, making Perth a classic example of a Mediterranean climate. Average temperatures in the summer are 17-32C, whilst in winter 8-18C. Western Australia itself is Australias largest state taking up around a third of Australia, though it accounts for only around 10% of the total population.

Melbourne

Located at the mouth of the Yarra River.

Melbourne is Australias second most populous city with approximately 4 million people living in the metropolitan area. + read more


The capital city of the State of Victoria, Melbourne is now a major centre for industry, commerce and cultural activity. It has a mild temperate and four distinct seasons, with summers average temperature around 28C and winter's around 8C . Widely recognised as Australias sporting capital and home to The Australian Open Tennis Tournament every January, Melbourne has a cosmopolitan feel with some of Australias finest restaurants and shopping outlets. Its major bayside beaches are located in the south-eastern suburbs along the shores of Port Phillip Bay, in areas like Port Melbourne, Albert Park, St Kilda, Elwood and Brighton. Melbourne is also home to the famous fictional soap opera Neighbours which has been a fixture on UK TV for over 20 years.

ADELAIDE

The capital and most populous city of the State of South Australia.

Famous for its beaches and green parkland, it is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of around 1.5 million people. + read more


Average Adelaide temperatures are 17-29C in the summer and 7-15C in winter. The city has a Mediterranean climate and is the driest of Australias capital cities with rainfall coming mainly in the winter months. Adelaide prides itself on its beautiful climate, affordable housing and is famous for its cafes and festivals, having more restaurants per head than any other city in Australia. It also accounts for more than 70% of Australias wine exports! Adelaide is also known as the 20 minute city as it boasts that you can get anywhere from A to B in the city, even beaches to countryside, in less than half an hour.

SYDNEY

The state capital city of New South Wales.

Australias most famous, multicultural and populous city and home to nearly 4.5 million people, along with over 30 beaches including the world famous Bondi, Coogee and Manly beaches. + read more


The city has hosted some of the worlds most famous events, including the 2000 Olympic Games, the 2003 Rugby World Cup and is perhaps Australias best known and most visited location. Sydneys size, diversity and vibe sells itself. It is also home to some of the worlds most famous landmarks and tourist locations, such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach. With a favourable climate and average temperatures of around 26C in summer and 12C in winter, Sydney boasts it has 340 days of sunshine each year. With a huge metropolitan area equal in size to that of London and twice the size of New York, Sydney naturally features all of the major facilities and benefits of a major cultural and business hub and it is home to approximately 1 in 5 Australians. The gateway to Australia has a favourable climate which contributes to Sydneysiders' relaxed lifestyle and love of the great outdoors and though thought of as highly populated, there are also five major national parks around Sydney with 8,000 square kilometres of open space.

BRISBANE

Located on the east coast in the State of Queensland.

Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia and home to just under 2 million people.  Built alongside the curving banks of the Brisbane River, the city is marked by hot humid summers and dry mild winters with average Brisbane temperatures in the summer ranging from 21-29 C, + read more


whilst in winter an agreeable 9-21 C. Brisbane prides itself as Australias fastest growing city and has more days of winter sunshine than any other. Notably, it is the home state of the current Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, thus claiming to be the current political capital! Brisbane and its surrounds has a thriving tourist industry with beautiful beaches and the holiday magnate of the Gold Coast to the south which draws year round visitors to its wonderful beaches and scenic coastline. Despite the cities gradual transformation into a sleek, cosmopolitan city complete with world-class art galleries, a booming live music scene and a fabulous caf culture, Brisbane still retains the laid-back, easy attitude of a small community which helps retain its distinctive character and appeal.

CANBERRA

Halfway between Melbourne and Sydney,

Canberra is Australia's capital city, in the small but very much beating heart of Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. + read more


It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely purpose-built, planned city. With a very agreeable climate (average temperatures in summer 27C and in winter 12C) and a population of around 336,000, Canberra is a young and modern city. It is also home to Australias National Parliament with the areas main focus being government and administration. It is within 3 hours drive of Sydney and boasts an average commuting time of 15-20 minutes.

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