Popular Cities in Australia

Top cities in Australia, page 1, based on popularity among TravBuddy members.

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Sydney #1 most popular location
It might not be Australia’s capital, but Sydney is certainly Australia’s capital of glamour. From the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge to the open-air cinemas and essential bea…
6,911travelers 408reviews 413blogs
Melbourne #2 most popular location
The Australian capital from 1901 until the purpose built Canberra was ready, Melbourne today is still the Australian capital of fashion and sport. Whether you’re feeling like a kid wonde…
4,585travelers 270reviews 381blogs
Gold Coast #3 most popular location
As Australia’s sixth most populated city, Gold Coast – a very apt name for the picturesque strip of sand wedged in front of the towering sky scrapers of Queensland’s acclaimed surfing M…
630travelers 90reviews 54blogs
Cairns #4 most popular location
As the gateway to the astonishing Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforst (the only place in the world where two World Heritage Areas meet), Cairns is something of an international playgrou…
425travelers 136reviews 87blogs
Perth #5 most popular location
As Western Australia’s only major city, Perth has a culture all of its own. Once thought of as a slightly dull alternative to Australia’s more lively eastern seaboard, Perth’s recently …
2,367travelers 152reviews 86blogs
Brisbane #6 most popular location
Ask other Australians what they think of Brisbane and you'll be inundated with words like 'dull', 'backwards' and 'village-like'. Stereotypes in this case, though, are wrong: the detractors o…
1,711travelers 92reviews 108blogs
Adelaide #7 most popular location
A cosmopolitan city with a distinctly European feel to it, wind-swept Adelaide is part enchanting, green-thinking modern city and part hedonistic, art-lovers playground. In fact, despite it…
891travelers 45reviews 68blogs
Byron Bay #8 most popular location
One of the most popular surfing, scuba diving, and whale watching destinations on the planet, Byron Bay stands out as one of the most laid-back destinations in Australia, featuring a large nu…
133travelers 28reviews 51blogs
Noosa #9 most popular location
A couple of hour's drive north of Brisbane, Noosa is part of the Sunshine Coast area of Queensland. The region consists of several suburbs, including Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Sunshine Beach, …
38travelers 13reviews 9blogs
Darwin #10 most popular location
Darwin has a wonderful vibe, with a young and multicultural population. The average year round temperature is 32 degrees Celsius; the best time of the year to visit is during the ‘dry’…
272travelers 34reviews 50blogs
Hobart #11 most popular location
A laidback, pint-sized southern capital that dates back to early colonial times (Hobart was only the second city to be built in Australia), Hobart rests in the shadow of Mount Wellington and …
154travelers 27reviews 36blogs
Port Douglas #12 most popular location
Port Douglas is a beautiful place, one of the nicest towns in Australia. There are lovely beaches close at hand with good swimming. Many interesting cafes and bars are on the main street wher…
24travelers 21reviews 16blogs
Canberra #13 most popular location
The capital of Australia, located in the Australian Capital Territory just southwest of Sydney, Canberra first got its start as a capital city built specifically with one thing in mind: to br…
352travelers 37reviews 26blogs
Airlie Beach #14 most popular location
Queensland's Airlie Beach is regarded as the gateway to the Whitsundays, a group of 74 islands fringed by the Great Barrier Reef. The hinterland and surrounds consist of mainly sugarcane plan…
26travelers 29reviews 31blogs
Alice Springs #15 most popular location
Home to the Arrernte Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, and a place that could be defined as the ultimate final frontier left on Earth, Alice Springs is a small Outback town locate…
90travelers 32reviews 49blogs
Coffs Harbour #16 most popular location
Coastal location offering holiday-makers a good choice in walks, beaches and golf. A popular place to stay in between Sydney and Brisbane and also well known as banana growing territory.
46travelers 5reviews 17blogs
Hervey Bay #17 most popular location
Hervey Bay is a beach-side city located in south east Queensland. It has become something of a hippy hangout in recent years. The town, whose population is approximately 50,000 inhabitants…
19travelers 3reviews 8blogs
Caloundra #18 most popular location
Caloundra is the most southern city and gateway to the Sunshine Coast. Once considered a quiet town which attracted mostly retirees and families, Caloundra has undergone a complete transform…
24travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Launceston #19 most popular location
Launceston is located in the Tamar Valley alongside the Tamar River. It is approximately 1 hour drive from Devonport and 2.5 hours drive from Hobart. It hosts an airport that has flight…
40travelers 7reviews 10blogs
Townsville #20 most popular location
The city has a large and diverse range of restaurants representing many different cuisines of the world. The Palmer Street restaurant strip in South Townsville is home to many of these, and i…
109travelers 17reviews 14blogs
Margaret River #21 most popular location
Margaret River is known on the international scene for two reasons. The first is most likely for it's surf; it's home to the Margaret River Pro. The second is the growing reputation for the w…
28travelers 6reviews 16blogs
Katoomba #22 most popular location
Katoomba is approximately 100 kilometres west of Sydney City in the Blue Mountains region. Famously known for the picturesque Blue Mountains, it hosts spectacular views of mountains and va…
9travelers 5reviews 25blogs
Port Macquarie #23 most popular location
Set on the Mid North coast of New South Wales and only four and a half hours drive from Sydney, the coastal resort town of Port Macquarie is a popular destination for travellers and surfers a…
21travelers 3reviews 3blogs
Surfers Paradise #24 most popular location
Surfers Paradise is a stunning strip of coastline that is alive with locals and tourists by day and by night. It has long been the epicentre of the most developed beach resort in Australia, …
64travelers 25reviews 28blogs
Newcastle #25 most popular location
Newcastle is a coastal city with a laid back country attitude, the best of both worlds. It’s a great place if you like to surf because there are over 50 beaches in the Newcastle area and ar…
236travelers 13reviews 5blogs
Broome #26 most popular location
Broome, located in the far North of Western Australia is an extremely popular tourist destination. It's a small town of around 15,000 which doubles in the tourist season. It's prime industrie…
76travelers 3reviews 17blogs
Phillip Island #27 most popular location
Located 90minutes south-east of Melbourne on the Bass Coast, Phillip Island is known for its sporting history and wildlife. In 1928, the first car grand prix was held on the island. Today …
8travelers 14reviews 12blogs
Albany #28 most popular location
Albany is also the oldest continuous European settlement in Western Australia, and was founded in 1826, three years before the state capital of Perth. The King George Sound settlement was a h…
28travelers 6reviews 8blogs
Uluru - Kata Tjuta #29 most popular location
Ayers Rock(now formally known as Uluru) is the largest clean skin monolith in the world, and well known for its beauty and changing colours. Uluru is located 485 kilometres from Alice Spr…
95travelers 8reviews 58blogs
Fraser Island #30 most popular location
The largest sand island in the world, entirely set apart as a World Heritage Site since 1992, Fraser Island is a large island just off the coast of the tropical state of Queensland. This is o…
33travelers 7reviews 28blogs
Apollo Bay #31 most popular location
3travelers 4reviews 5blogs
Warrnambool #32 most popular location
With a population of around 30,000 Warrnambool is one of the larger towns along the Western section of the Great Ocean Road. During the summer months the population expands with Victorians t…
14travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Port Stephens #33 most popular location
6travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Ballarat #34 most popular location
Ballarat is located in Victoria, Australia about 2 hours west of Melbourne. A historical town most known for being a hot spot during the gold rush in the 1850s, you can visit Sovereign Hill …
40travelers 7reviews 2blogs
Blue Mountains #35 most popular location
The Blue Mountains is famously known for the Three Sisters rock formation which juts out of the land and into your eyes. The name Blue Mountains is not derived from the colour of the rocks on…
31travelers 14reviews 14blogs
Maroochydore #36 most popular location
The Sunshine Coast is a sophisticated and multicultural community, a safe and clean environment, and a genuinely friendly and welcoming place to visit, work and study. On the doorstep of Bris…
16travelers 5reviews 5blogs
Merimbula #37 most popular location
4travelers 1reviews 7blogs
Mooloolaba #38 most popular location
A popular coastal city, Mooloolaba is situated about 100km north of Brisbane on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Peppered with hotels for those seeking the sunny beaches and a laid back coastal a…
18travelers 4reviews 2blogs
Kangaroo Island #39 most popular location
17travelers 5reviews 18blogs
Pokolbin #40 most popular location
5reviews 1blogs
Mildura #41 most popular location
17travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Rockhampton #42 most popular location
Rockhampton, or Rocky as the locals call it, is a city that was established in 1858. The current population is approximately 69.000. It is one of the largest cities between Brisbane and Cairn…
33travelers 5reviews 7blogs
Mission Beach #43 most popular location
Mission Beach is a small town situated in between Cairns and Townsville, of the A1 near El Arish. The town is actually made up of four villages: Bingil Bay, Mission Beach Wongaling Beach and …
2travelers 4reviews 10blogs
Bendigo #44 most popular location
46travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Fremantle #45 most popular location
Fremantle used to be your typical port town but has undergone a bit of a facelift in recent years. There are a number of historical sites (Roundhouse, Prison, Markets, etc) and a few muse…
47travelers 14reviews 13blogs
Busselton #46 most popular location
230km from Perth, the seaside town of Busselton can be attacked whole-heartedly for a day-trip.. but why bother? Stay overnight on your way further south and see what's on offer. There are…
21travelers 7reviews 4blogs
Great Ocean Road #47 most popular location
When it was initially constructed back in the early 20th century, the Great Ocean Road was built as a way to provide work for soldiers returning from the first world war, and when it was comp…
23travelers 7reviews 20blogs
Wollongong #48 most popular location
Wollongong, located in the Illawarra area of NSW, is 82km south of Sydney and is the 3rd laregest city in New South Wales. The name is believed to mean 'seas of the South' in an Aboriginal…
113travelers 4reviews 12blogs
Toowoomba #49 most popular location
30travelers 1reviews
Lakes Entrance #50 most popular location
Lakes Entrance is located on the Gippsland Lakes in East Gippsland, 320km east of Melbourne. It is a water front town with a strong fishing industry and attraction emphasis on water activi…
3travelers 4reviews 4blogs
Cape Tribulation #51 most popular location
Cape Tribulation - where the Rain Forest meets the Great Barrier Reef. This is a nice break from the "backpacker mecca" of Cairns. It is about a 2 hour bus ride north of Cairns and ther…
2travelers 11blogs
Magnetic Island #52 most popular location
Magnetic Island lies of the coast of Townsvile. It got it's name from James Cook, whose compass needle went crazy when he reached it (no, the island is not magnetic). You can get there by fe…
11travelers 5reviews 8blogs
Whitsunday Islands #53 most popular location
"The Whitsundays" is the term referring to a group of islands off the coast of Queensland, Australia and their associated waterways. The area is enormously popular with both local and interna…
51travelers 7reviews 16blogs
Strahan #54 most popular location
Strahan is a picturesque water front town and the only port on Tasmania's rugged west coast. The port once handled cargoes for the mining towns of Zeehan and Queenstown; it is now the startin…
1travelers 3reviews 6blogs
Bundaberg #55 most popular location
Bundaberg is a city in Queensland, Australia. The city lies on the Burnett River, approximately 385 kilometres (239 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) inland …
37travelers 3blogs
Albury #56 most popular location
24travelers 1blogs
Kalbarri #57 most popular location
Kalbarri is a coastal town in Western Australia situated on the Murchison River about 600km north of Perth. It is surrounded by the Kalbarri National Park with great hiking tracks and fantast…
3travelers 3reviews 12blogs
Port Campbell #58 most popular location
1travelers 2reviews 10blogs
Bondi Beach #59 most popular location
Bondi Beach is arguably Sydney's, and Australia's for that matter, most famous strip of golden sand and ocean break. Bondi Beach is located in Sydney's eastern suburbs and is a short bus ride…
28travelers 7reviews 8blogs
Great Barrier Reef #60 most popular location
184travelers 3reviews 16blogs
Mount Gambier #61 most popular location
10travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Mackay #62 most popular location
61travelers 1reviews 4blogs
Geelong #63 most popular location
Geelong is located 1 hour South/West of Melbourne and is the second biggest city in Victoria, Australia. Geelong has a relaxed lifestyle, with a lovely waterfront area lined with condos, larg…
117travelers 2reviews
Mount Tamborine #64 most popular location
The area is a beautiful plateau, situated 70 Kms South of Brisbane and 25 Kms inland from Surfers Paradise. Rising up to 580 metres above the surrounding countryside, flat-topped Tamborine Mo…
3travelers 2reviews
Halls Gap #65 most popular location
3reviews 4blogs
Lorne #66 most popular location
Lorne is a small village of about 1000 residents on the Erskine River on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. Popular with tourists in the summer months, Lorne comes alive with its range of restauran…
4travelers 2reviews 6blogs
Rainbow Beach #67 most popular location
7travelers 5reviews 8blogs
Beerwah #68 most popular location
Beerwah is a town on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia. It is situated north of the town of Glass House Mountains, approximately 80 km north of Brisbane, and just south o…
7travelers 12reviews 4blogs
Rothbury #69 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews
Tamworth #70 most popular location
14travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Ballina #71 most popular location
12travelers 1blogs
Jindabyne #72 most popular location
Jindy as its affectionately known becomes a busy hub for all those on a budget come winter time. Not only is the accommodation a lot cheaper than on the slopes, gear rental and food is equall…
9travelers 4reviews 3blogs
Broken Hill #73 most popular location
A mining town in the middle of nowhere, Broken Hill is technically in New South wales, but it has a South Australian timezone and direction number.
10travelers 5blogs
Echuca #74 most popular location
Echuca sits on the border of Victoria and its New South Wales partner town of Moama. The region is knowns as Echuca Moama and being on the Murray River is home to many popular water sports in…
5travelers 2reviews
Brisbane, Queensland #75 most popular location
500travelers 8reviews 2blogs
Daintree #76 most popular location
2travelers 3reviews 5blogs
Kuranda #77 most popular location
You reach Kuranda by car, bus, skyrail or scenic train from Cairns. Kuranda is a little village in the rainforest. In Kuranda there are a lot of souvenir shops to visit at pace. So when y…
3travelers 3reviews 7blogs
Armidale #78 most popular location
Armidale is a small city very close to perth at the bottom of the beutiful perth hills. there is some very nice parks and bush walking close by. Armidale has all you need from train statio…
10travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Alexandra Headland #79 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews
Bunbury #80 most popular location
Bunbury is a quaint coastal city 2 hours south of Perth and about and hour north of Margaret River. There's plenty of shopping, cafes, restaurants and the best aspect, the beach and harbour. …
46travelers 4reviews 12blogs
Coober Pedy #81 most popular location
Coober Pedy is a frontier mining town producing 80% of the world's opals. The climate is extremely harsh - there is hardly any rain at all, and the temperatures can reach 50 degrees or more i…
7travelers 3reviews 11blogs
Katherine #82 most popular location
There are thirteen gorgeous gorges that make up the major attraction of the Nitmiluk National Park - the english named "Katherine Gorge" which is some 340 kilometres southeast of Darwin. T…
7travelers 2reviews 6blogs
Yallingup #83 most popular location
Yallingup is very small coastal country touwn, located 266km south of the Western Australian capital of Perth. It is renowned for a few things, the main one being that it is one of the prime …
1travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Cervantes #84 most popular location
4reviews 4blogs
Thredbo #85 most popular location
Thredbo is a small alpine in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. It lies within the Kosciuszko National Park, and is at the base of Mt Kosciuszko, the tallest mountain in Australia. I…
2travelers 1blogs
Kings Canyon #86 most popular location
Richmond #87 most popular location
6travelers 3blogs
Exmouth #88 most popular location
Exmouth is one of the most idyllic, paradise locations in Western Australia. Situated on the most North westerly corner of the state, it enjoys a fantastic location, well suited as an oasis p…
18travelers 3reviews 14blogs
Bargara #89 most popular location
5travelers 2reviews 5blogs
Port Fairy #90 most popular location
3travelers 4reviews 2blogs
Kununurra #91 most popular location
Kununurra is a town in far northern Western Australia located at the eastern side of the Kimberley Region approximately 37 kilometres (23 mi) from the Northern Territory. With 3,748 inhabitan…
12travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Batemans Bay #92 most popular location
Batemans Bay is a seaside town located approximately 300km from Sydney on the NSW South Coast in the Eurobodalla Region. In summer, it is a popular holiday destination.
4travelers 1blogs
Tanunda #93 most popular location
2reviews 3blogs
Yulara #94 most popular location
2travelers 6reviews 4blogs
Blackheath #95 most popular location
1reviews 1blogs
Geraldton #96 most popular location
Geraldton may not be listed on all of the tourist maps – but it really is a good place to be. With its Mediterranean weather, and its pristine beaches, it’s not surprising that Geraldton …
25travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Sydney Harbour #97 most popular location
47travelers 2reviews 6blogs
Robe #98 most popular location
1reviews 2blogs
Devonport #99 most popular location
Devonport is situated on Tasmania's North Coast. It is a sea-side town that is mostly known as the entry of the 'Spirit Of Tasmania' that travels across the Bass Strait from Melbourne on the …
21travelers 3reviews
Coolangatta #100 most popular location
Coolangatta is located in south east Queensland right near the QLD and NSW border. In fact it is the most southerly town in QLD. Which makes it a perfect gateway to head to the imfamous Gold …
10travelers 5reviews 4blogs