Sydney vs Melbourne: a Guide to Enjoying the Best of Both Cities

Can’t decide between Australia’s two biggest cities? Then visit both for an unforgettable experience Down Under!

Sydney and Melbourne boast plenty of drool-worthy food, festivals and culture. So clear your schedule and make a mental (or actual) note of these hotspots in two of the world’s top destinations


Vivid Sydney

Watch the sails of the Sydney Opera House come alive with animated paintings during the annual Vivid Sydney festival, which runs over three weeks from May to June (26 May to 17 June 2017). Be dazzled by striking light and sound installations all across the city, and revel in cross-genre live music performances.

White Night Melbourne
Experience visual art in every imaginable form in this dusk-till-dawn affair. For one night only, every February, museums open their doors after dark and buildings such as Flinders Street Railway Station become the backdrop for pyrotechnic displays and mixed media optical illusions.

Inner City Suburbs

Newtown, Sydney
Just a bus ride from Central Station, the hip inner suburb of Newtown is chockfull of boutiques, bakeries and bars. Taste one of Australia’s first-ever specialty brews at Campos, just off King Street, then pick up a crunchy cronut at the nearby Brewtown café. Coldplay’s ‘A sky full of stars’ MTV was shot at Newtown featuring its Colourful street art and the famous ‘I have a dream’ wall mural. Don’t forget to pop into the area’s boutiques for some rare vintage finds and pre-loved paperbacks.

Fitzroy, Melbourne
Easily accessible by tram or bus, Fitzroy is a popular inner city haunt with a creative edge. Tuck into house specialty dishes at Industry Beans, a café on the corner of Rose Street, which prides itself on keeping everything in-house.

Have a field day rummaging through vinyl and vintage stores on nearby Gertrude Street. Wind down afterwards at Mr Wow’s Emporium on Smith Street, with its heady mix of cocktails and games. Ping pong and elderflower vodka, anyone?

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Bondi Beach, Sydney
More than just a beach, Bondi is home to a vibrant local community. Take a walk on the promenade then re-energise at beachside venue The Bucket List, known for its quirky cocktails. On Sundays, skip over the road to the Bondi Markets to shop for vintage jewellery and fun beachwear.

St Kilda Beach, Melbourne
There’s a flurry of beachside activity at St. Kilda’s Beach, just a short tram ride away from the central business district. Head to the breakwater as the sun sets for a chance to see some resident penguins. Or spend some time at St Kilda’s Esplanade Market, which stretches from Luna Park down the Esplanade, and browse an eclectic array of goods — from homemade sauces to original art and handcrafts.

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Highlights of this trip includes a Sydney Opera House Tour where you will get to learn the history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique architectural design, visit the major performance venues and witness the famous Vivid LIVE lighting of the Sails first handAnother highlight is an exclusive tour to Sydney Fish Market. Visit also the famous Blue Mountains, Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk or Royal Botanic Gardens  for nature photography opportunity! Click here for MORE DETAILS!

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