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Adelaide sits on the eastern shore of Gulf St Vincent, in the far south of South Australia. The streets of Adelaide's central business district follow a grid pattern, which makes it very easy for visitors to find their way around. Victoria Sq sits in the centre of the grid, and the main street, King William, runs through it. Although not the geographical centre of town, Rundle Mall is the shopping centre of the city, with the big department stores - Rundle St's eastern end has some of the city centre's best dining and boutique shopping. North Tce, running parallel to Rundle St, is the city's cultural centre, a grand boulevard lined with a gallery, museum, state library and university.

Travellers to Alice Springs, Australia can expect to find accommodation of all types, from upmarket Alice Springs hotels and resorts to more budget-focussed and unique options. For your next holiday accommodation in Alice Springs, make sure you check the regular and special offers on first. Wherever you’re staying, offers a huge range of Alice Springs hotels and Alice Springs accommodation options.

Located in the southeastern corner of Queensland, Brisbane is a river city, situated 25km (15mi) upstream from the mouth of the Brisbane River. The compact city centre is built along and between the looping meanders of the river, making it easy to explore on foot. Brisbane has plenty of backpackers' hostels and there are also quite a few well-priced hotels, motels and self-contained apartments within a few blocks of the city centre. Most of the action, however, happens in the inner suburbs. Brisbane's restaurant and cafe scene has blossomed in recent years and you'll find there's no shortage of good eateries, many of which have taken advantage of the balmy climate and provide outdoor eating areas.

Cairns shines with the carnival atmosphere of travellers all year round and the city is positively booming. Aside from limitless accommodation and dining options, markets, culture, shopping and seaside atmosphere, Cairns' big drawcard is its access to the outer tentacles of the Great Barrier Reef. It's also a good base to discover Port Douglas, the Atherton Tableland, Cape Tribulation and beyond. Cairns' CBD is in the area between The Esplanade and McLeod Street and Wharf and Aplin Streets. Reef Fleet terminal is the main departure point for reef trips. Trinity Wharf, where long-distance buses arrive and depart, is east of the CBD. Cairns train station is hidden inside Cairns Central Shopping Centre on McLeod Street. Local buses (Sunbus) leave from the Lake Street Transit Centre.

Canberra is often described by Australians who haven't been there as a boring town, full of politicians, bureaucrats - and not much else. But those who go there find beautiful galleries and museums clustered around a lake and cupped in bushland. One of only two capital cities in the world that have been built to a premeditated design, Canberra is rather eerily symmetrical. Placed about its nice, planned combinations of straight and curving streets are the old and new Parliament Houses, the National Gallery, and the National Museum.

The 'capital' of northern Australia is closer to Jakarta than it is to Sydney, and closer to Singapore than it is to Melbourne, so it should come as no surprise that it looks outward to Asia as much as it looks inland to the rest of Australia. Darwin occupies a compact area at the end of a peninsula in the far north of the Northern Territory, west of Arnhem Land. Most of what you'll want in central Darwin is within two or three blocks of the main shopping centre, Smith St Mall. The suburbs spread a good 12 to 15km (7 to 9mi) to the north and east.

Travellers to Gold Coast, Australia can expect to find accommodation of all types, from upmarket Gold Coast hotels and resorts to more budget-focussed and unique options. For your next holiday accommodation in Gold Coast, make sure you check the regular and special offers on first. Wherever you’re staying, offers a huge range of Gold Coast hotels and Gold Coast accommodation options.

Hobart is Australia's southernmost capital city; that it is also the smallest is the key to its particular charm. A river-side city with a busy harbour, its mountain backdrop offers fine views over the beautiful Georgian buildings, numerous parks and compact suburbs below. Perhaps Australia's most stress-free and engaging city, Hobart belies the conservative and provincial reputation it has amongst some mainlanders. There's not a lot you won't find here; Hobart has a thriving festival scene and a real sense of history. For walking, eating and just soaking in the atmosphere it can't be bettered.

Melbourne is dubbed marvellous for a reason. Healthy hedonism masquerades as high art: Melbournians are equally passionate about football and ballet, fashion and restaurants. They are ravenous for music and hot for theatre. It's a smorgasbord of a city that you'll want to sink your teeth into. A leafy bayside community on the 'upside-down' Yarra River, Melbourne is, by turns, cosmopolitan, suburban, cultivated, conservative and an avant-garde haven. Visitors come for its shopping, restaurants, nightlife and sporting calendar; most agree that it's one of the world's most liveable cities.

Perth is a vibrant and modern city sitting between the cerulean Indian Ocean and the ancient Darling Ranges. It claims to be the sunniest state capital in Australia, though more striking is its isolation from the rest of the country - Perth is over 4400km (2750mi) from Sydney by road. It's true that the city centre's skyscrapers dominate a picturesque riverside location. But behind the towering edifices hide a handful of 19th-century buildings and facades, and some saving-grace patches of greenery. But these concerns fade in an instant when you glimpse the famous beaches.

Sydney is Australia's oldest city, the economic powerhouse of the nation and the country's capital in everything but name. It's blessed with sun-drenched natural attractions, dizzy skyscrapers, delicious and daring restaurants, superb shopping and friendly folk. Although it's come a long way from its convict beginnings, Sydney still has a rough and ready energy, and offers an invigorating blend of the old and the new, the raw and the refined. While high culture attracts some to the Opera House, gaudy nightlife attracts others to Kings Cross.