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Best Places to See While on a Look-See Trip to Australia (Plus, Itineraries)

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're considering moving to Australia and don't have a favorite city or town picked out, going on a look-see or exploratory trip to visit a number of popular expat destinations is really informative. Here are some recommendations for where to visit when exploring Australia.

Embarking on a Look-See trip to Australia is an invaluable step for anyone considering a move Down Under. This exploratory journey allows potential expats to experience the lifestyle, culture, and communities firsthand, ensuring their decision to relocate is well-informed. By visiting various cities and towns, individuals can assess factors such as the job market, education system, healthcare, and overall vibe of each location, tailoring their future home to their specific needs and preferences.

Recommended Itineraries

For a 10-day trip, consider focusing on either the East or West Coast to maximize your time. On the East Coast, start in Sydney, then head to Melbourne, and finish in Brisbane, with potential day trips to nearby towns like the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast. For a 20-day trip, you can extend your journey to include Adelaide, Perth, and a visit to the Northern Territory, offering a more comprehensive view of Australia's diverse landscapes and lifestyles. This longer itinerary allows for a deeper exploration of each city's suburbs and nearby regional towns, such as Fremantle near Perth or the Barossa Valley near Adelaide.

Sydney

Sydney, known for its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, is Australia's largest city with a population of over 5 million. It offers a bustling urban environment with a high cost of living but provides ample job opportunities, especially in finance and technology. Expats and digital nomads are drawn to its vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and dynamic food scene. The city is also a hub for arts and entertainment, with numerous festivals and events throughout the year.

Travel Tip: While in Sydney, dine at the famous waterfront restaurant, Quay, for a taste of modern Australian cuisine and breathtaking views of the harbour.

Melbourne

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is renowned for its artsy vibe, coffee culture, and sports enthusiasm. With a population of around 5 million, it's a bit more affordable than Sydney and is often considered Australia's cultural capital. Expats appreciate the city's diverse neighborhoods, excellent public transportation, and the plethora of green spaces. Melbourne's weather can be unpredictable, but its charm lies in its mix of modern and Victorian architecture, and its strong sense of community.

Travel Tip: Visit the Queen Victoria Market to sample local delicacies and shop for souvenirs among the bustling stalls.

Brisbane

Brisbane is a rapidly growing city with a population of over 2 million, offering a balance between a relaxed lifestyle and urban conveniences. It's known for its warm climate, friendly locals, and lower cost of living compared to Sydney and Melbourne. The city is situated on the Brisbane River and is close to both the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, making it ideal for beach lovers. Expats and digital nomads enjoy the burgeoning job market, particularly in healthcare and education.

Travel Tip: Check out the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to get up close with Australia's native wildlife, including the cuddly koala.

Adelaide

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is a smaller city with a population of about 1.3 million. It's known for its Mediterranean climate, affordability, and laid-back lifestyle. The city boasts a strong arts scene, numerous festivals, and is surrounded by renowned wine regions like the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Expats and retirees find Adelaide's slower pace and friendly community appealing, along with its beautiful beaches and parklands.

Travel Tip: Savor some of Australia's best wines with a tour of the Barossa Valley, just an hour's drive from the city center.

Perth

Perth, located on the West Coast, is the most isolated capital city in the world, yet it offers a unique blend of urban and natural attractions. With a population of around 2 million, it has a sunny climate, pristine beaches, and a relaxed vibe. The cost of living is generally lower than in Sydney and Melbourne, and the city has a strong mining and resources industry. Expats and digital nomads enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, cultural diversity, and the nearby historic port town of Fremantle.

Travel Tip: Take a ferry to Rottnest Island from Perth to meet the adorable quokkas and enjoy the island's stunning beaches and clear waters.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory offers a vastly different experience from Australia's coastal cities. It's known for its Outback desert landscapes, indigenous culture, and unique wildlife. Key towns to visit include Darwin, Alice Springs, and Katherine. Darwin, the capital, has a tropical climate and a small-town feel with a population of around 150,000. It's a gateway to Asia and has a diverse population. Alice Springs is the heart of the Red Centre and a base for exploring the natural wonders of Uluru and the MacDonnell Ranges. Katherine is near the stunning Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park.

Travel Tip: Embark on a boat tour of Nitmiluk Gorge to witness the breathtaking sandstone landscapes and learn about the indigenous Jawoyn people's culture.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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