Beautiful Sydney - photo courtesy of Ryan Wick (flickr)

5 Things to do in 3 of Australia’s Most Popular Capital Cities

Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane are three of the most popular cities in Australia. If there is one thing about traveling throughout Australia, it is that there are so many things to do no matter where you go. These 3 cities are the most populated cities, which makes them metropolitan hubs, but also means that the variety of things to see and do is very great.

When you get to the city you have chosen to visit, hire a 4WD vehicle and plan to self-drive yourself around so that you can see what you want to see when you want to see it and stay as long as you choose. A 4WD or all-terrain vehicle will ensure that you can go anywhere you want to go in the city and outside of the city. Hiring a vehicle at any Budget Truck Rental Sydney location is convenient and a great deal.

Here are 5 different things to do in each of Australia’s 3 capital cities.


HDR of Sydney harbour

Sydney harbour – photo courtesy of Mark Sze (flickr)

Sydney is an iconic symbol of Australia with its world famous monuments.

Five things to do in Sydney are:

Tour Sydney Harbour

Touring Sydney Harbour allows you to catch all of the must see attractions at once. Sail through the harbour and see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Opera House – photo courtesy of Nicki Mannix (flickr)

Bondi Beach

One of Australia’s most popular and well-known beaches – and you know I am well prepared in the beach sector, as I am from Sardinia. It is great any time of the year for a variety of beach fun including a sunrise spectacle, surfing, the coastal walk, dining at the beach side cafes, and taking in all the sights and sounds of turquoise waters and white sand.

Bondi pool

Bondi beach and Bondi pool – photo courtesy of Andym5855 (flickr)

Taronga Zoo

One of the most magnificent city-based zoos in the world, the Taronga Zoo is home to over 4000 animals. See native Australian wildlife and other exotic, rare, or even endangered animals. The zoo is just a 12 minute ferry ride from the CBD.

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Taronga Zoo – photo courtesy of Stuard Beattie (flickr)

Shark Island

Don’t let the name scare you, this is a getaway in Darling Harbour where you can camp, picnic, or even plan a private event and hire out the entire island.

Boowambillee (Shark Island) and Sydney City Skyline

Shark Island – photo courtesy of russellstreet (flickr)

Blue Mountains

It’s hard to imagine that the majestic mountains and rainforest valleys are just 30 minutes from the bright lights and busy city, but they are. Take a day trip or make an extended holiday in the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Blue Mountains, Sydney

Blue Mountains – photo courtesy of lensmate (flickr)


Melbourne at dusk

Melbourne at dusk – photo courtesy of Neil Howard (flickr)

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and is a financial centre for the entire Asia-Pacific region. Tourism is very popular here, but it is also one of the most livable cities in the world.

Here are 5 things to see when you are in Melbourne.

Eureka Sky Tower

This is one of the tallest buildings in the world with amazing views of Melbourne and beyond.

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Eureka Sky Tower – photo courtesy of Jamie Davies (flickr)

Royal Botanic Gardens

One of the best things to do in the city is also completely free – something that can ease my pain as a self declared unsuccessful backpacker. The 38 hectare gardens are located right in the city centre and contain more than 10,000 species of plants. The landscaped gardens are also a sanctuary to wildlife and especially many native birds.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - One of the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world (in my opinion)

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – photo courtesy of Charlievdb (flickr)

National Gallery of Victoria

A must for art enthusiasts, but anyone will love the variety of exhibits including modern, contemporary, and classic art, photography, fashion design, and Indigenous art and artefacts.

Mornington Peninsula

Less than 30 minutes from Melbourne is this peninsula where you will find excellent dining, hot springs, beaches, and boating excursions.

Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne – photo courtesy of Rob’nDasha (flickr)

Yarra Valley

The Yarra River that flows through Melbourne originates from the Yarra Valley, 35 km northeast of the city. Less than an hour drive but a world away from the big city, Yarra is known for peaceful rolling hills, wine vineyards (and you know me and my obsession with wine, that even brought me to Mendoza), and the Healesville Sanctuary Wildlife Park.

Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley – photo courtesy of Elizabeth Donoghue (flickr)


South Bank Brisbane

Brisbane, the South Bank – photo courtesy of Lenny K Photography (flickr)

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is a growing metropolis. There is much to see and do in the city that locals lovingly refer to as BrisVegas.

Here are 5 things you can do when on holiday here.

The South Bank

The South Bank is an entertainment district on the southern side of the Brisbane River. You can’t miss the giant ferris wheel that marks the area of restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops.

Moreton Bay Islands

Just off of the Brisbane coast is a chain of islands called the Moreton Bay Islands where you can enjoy the beaches, seas, and boating.

Climb the Story Bridge

Even though the Story Bridge is not as well-known as Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, this is one of only three bridges in the world you can climb for a bit of adventure and amazing views of the city clear across Moreton Bay.

Story Bridge Brisbane

The Story Bridge of Brisbane – photo courtesy of Lenny K Photography (flickr)

Cruise the Brisbane River

You can cruise around the Brisbane River on a charter, or take the city’s ferry for free. See all the sights in each bank and district and get back on for a round trip.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

If you want to be able to cuddle a koala, this is the place to do that. It is one of the top 10 rated zoos in the entire world and just 15 minutes from Brisbane.


A beautiful koala – photo courtesy of Abby (flickr)

With all these things to do, it’s easy to be fully entertained when visiting Australia’s most popular capital cities! 

Have you ever been to Australia? Which city did you like the most?

This article is written in partnership with Budget Truck Rental. 

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