South Australia is a state defined by extreme wilderness, including a Southern Ocean coastline lined by the sheer cliffs of the Great Australian Bight, the empty expanse of the Nullarbor Plain and the vast, inhospitable Outback desert. Its sedate capital, Adelaide, nicknamed “City of Churches” for its history of religious diversity, is neighboured by the vineyards of the Barossa Valley.
City in South Australia, Australia
Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history. The city's Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.
Population: 1.251 million (2012)
Western Australia is an expansive state made up mostly of arid Outback terrain. Its population is concentrated in its fertile southwest corner, home to the Margaret River wine region and popular surfing spots. Its capital, Perth, is known for its abundant parkland, beaches and snorkelling sites. Across the Swan River is Fremantle, a port city noted for its 19th-century architecture.
City in Western Australia, Australia
Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Its suburbs lie along sandy beaches, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, art galleries and the Western Australian Museum.
Margaret River is a town in the South West of Western Australia, located in the valley of the eponymous Margaret River, 277 kilometres south of Perth, the state capital. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
Town in Western Australia, Australia
Queensland is an Australian state covering the continent’s northeast, with a coastline stretching nearly 7,000km. Its offshore Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, hosts thousands of marine species. The city of Cairns is a gateway to the reef and tropical Daintree Rainforest. The stylish capital, Brisbane, is flanked by the surfing-friendly beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
City in Queensland, Australia
Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a big, modern city set on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are institutions including Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions, and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia's major contemporary art museums. Looming over the city is Mt. Coot-tha, site of sprawling Brisbane Botanic Gardens, with panoramic views from its summit.
New South Wales
New South Wales is a southeastern Australian state, distinguished by its coastal cities. Sydney, its relaxed capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Beyond the cities are the rugged Blue Mountains, rainforests, outback towns where opals and silver are mined, and long surfing beaches. The Hunter Valley region, in the north, has dozens of wineries.
Town in New South Wales, Australia
Byron Bay is a coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales.
Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage-listed paradise located 660 km off the north coast of NSW and less than two hours' flight from Sydney (available most days) and Brisbane (on weekends) with year-round scheduled services offered by Qantas Link. A seasonal weekly flight direct from Port Macquarie operates from February to June and September to December. At any one time, you'll be one of only 400 visitors on Lord Howe Island. The crystal clear waters of Lord Howe Island are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and surfing. On land, the trek to the summit of Mount Gower is recognised as one of the world's best one-day hikes.
New South Wales
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Wikipedia
The Northern Territory is a federal Australian territory in the centre and central northern regions. It shares borders with Western Australia to the west, South Australia to the south, and Queensland to the east.
Darwin is capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest. It's known as a laid-back blend of frontier outpost and modern city. At its heart is the Smith Street pedestrian mall, notable for shops selling Aboriginal art and crafts, South Sea pearls, opals and diamonds. The liveliest part of the waterfront is reachable from the Central Business District via the Esplanade or an elevated walkway.
Victoria is a state in the south-east of Australia. Victoria is Australia's most densely populated state and its second-most populous state overall. Wikipedia
City in Victoria, Australia
Melbourne, Victoria’s coastal capital, is a city of stately 19th-century buildings and tree-lined boulevards. Yet at its centre is the strikingly modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, restaurants and cultural events along the Yarra River. In Southbank, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and National Gallery of Victoria, displaying Australian and Indigenous art.
City in Victoria, Australia
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75 kilometres south-west of the state capital, Melbourne.
Over a third of the island is protected as national parks, reserves and world heritage areas and it’s all easily accessible. Ascend the tallest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere on the Three Capes Track; Climb mountain peaks carved out by ancient glaciers at Cradle Mountain; and journey into the wilderness to feel you’re the only soul on earth. Spend a night in the outdoors and you may hear the screeching growls of Tasmanian devils, or even spot one. Pitch a tent under a sky full of stars and wake to the world’s cleanest air or step into luxury at Saffire Freycinet on the east coast. The hotel was crowned one of the world’s best boutique hotels at the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2014.