The “Harbour City” is a hub of creativity and striking sights. Carve out some time to explore the extraordinary, waterfront Sydney Opera House. Buy tickets for a live performance or book a backstage tour. On second thought, why not do both? Sydney’s speakeasies are perfect for a nightcap—that is if you can find ’em. The next day, lace up your sneaks for the Bondi to Coogee walk that stretches 3.7 miles along the coast. Animal lovers will go crazy for the cute koalas and kangaroos at the Taronga Zoo. Find out the best time to visit Sydney—and other major cities.
Perth impresses with its sprawling parks, beautiful beaches, and lively bars. You could spend hours traversing Kings Park, a 1,003-acre expanse of grassy patches, native bush, trails, and botanical gardens. Tranquil waters make Leighton Beach ideal for swimming, while Mettams Pool offers excellent snorkeling. Imbibe in local revelry at the happening drinking dens in Perth city center and Northbridge.