Adelaide Nestled between the sea and hills, Adelaide is a vibrant, artistic city of wide streets and elegant buildings. The city is surrounded by parkland with tree-lined squares and offers a relaxed but sophisticated environment. Adelaide has a Mediterranean type climate with hot dry summers and mild winters.
Population 1.15 million www.adelaidecitycouncil.com
Melbourne Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and a cultural hub of Australia, has mastered the art of mixing the old with the new. Located along the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne is noted for its diversity, vitality and high quality of life. Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with a cool winter.
Population 3.9 million www.melbourne.vic.gov.au
Sydney As Australia’s largest city, Sydney is one of the most significant cities of the southern hemisphere. Located on the sparkling Sydney harbour and flanked by golden beaches and bushland, the two shores are connected by one of the most famous bridges in the world.
Population 4.4 million www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Perth Located on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is a scenic city, characterised by waterways, green parks and a compact city centre. It is not hard to see why nearly three quarters of the population of Western Australia reside in the warm sunny climate of Perth.
Population 1.6 million www.cityofperth.wa.gov.au
Brisbane Situated on a single bend in the Brisbane River, Brisbane has a tropical climate with mild temperatures year round. As the fastest growing region in Australia, Brisbane is a dynamic and culturally diverse city offering a good mix of urban living and outdoor lifestyle.
Population 1.95 million www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
Canberra Canberra is a well-planned city located on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin and is renowned for its wide avenues, open parklands, gardens and bush surrounds. As the nation’s capital city, Parliament House occupies the central hill with the city planned around dramatic north/south and east/west axes.
Population 345,000 www.canberraconnect.act.gov.au
Darwin Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory is a pleasant, tropical city set on a rocky peninsular. Darwin has a monsoon climate with distinct wet and dry seasons and warm temperatures all year round. It is a relaxed, cosmopolitan city and is seen as Australia’s gateway to South East Asia.
Population 120,000 www.darwin.nt.gov.au
Cairns The heart of the tropical north, Cairns is framed by the spectacular backdrop of the rainforest mountain ranges and fringed by the sparkling Coral Sea. This modern city offers a contemporary lifestyle, where tree-lined streets give way to marinas all within a block of the main centre.
Population 158,000 www.cairns.qld.gov.au
Hobart Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, is a city shaped by water, nestling between majestic Mount Wellington and the winding River Derwent. Hobart blends heritage and lifestyle, scenery and culture and with its stunning harbour and historic buildings it is recognised as one of the most attractive Australian cities.
Population 210,000 www.hobartcity.com.au
Rockhampton The city lies on the Fitzroy River, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the river mouth, and some 600 kilometres (370 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane.
Population 75,000 http://www.rockhampton.org