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Travel Guide: 5 Coolest Cities in Australia and New Zealand

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Located in undoubtedly one of the hippest corners of the world, cities in Australia and New Zealand have got this thing called life sorted out. Here are the best of the best.


1. Sydney

Oh, Sydney. That old gem. Millions have been wowed by this beautiful Australian city in the past, and there will be millions more to come. This is one of Australia’s most happening spots, with a thriving nightlife scene, beautiful sights, plenty of beaches, and a chaotic atmosphere fuelled by the city’s huge community of young professional – both locals and expats.

Fly to Sydney and head to Newtown for a shabby-chic boho vibe with an abundant pub scene, hang out in Paddington for designer cocktails, and visit to Manly Beach for an alternative coastal hotspot with an ultra laid-back atmosphere. Sydney has dozens of neighborhoods that beg to be explored.


2. Adelaide

Affectionately also known as ‘Radelaide’, this South Australian gem is often eclipsed by cities on the east coast, but unfairly so. This metropolis rocks low-key cool like no other place in Australia: chic pop-up bars run through the city centre’s little laneways, street art plasters the walls, and the beaches stretch for miles and miles and miles down the city’s coast.

South Australia has a long-standing tradition of producing incredible wine, so while you’re in Adelaide don’t miss a trip to the National Wine Centre and a day trip or two to the vineyards just outside the city center.



3. Auckland

Not just a pretty face (although it has to be said, its face is rather dazzling), Auckland is the kind of place that begs to have you scratch below the surface. This incredible city is book-ended by beaches, and here you’re never too far away from a paradise island or volcano. This truly unique metropolis has an expert balance of city life and natural wonders, a rare combination.

As the locals have such easy access to the great outdoors and downtime away from the rat race, Auckland has mastered the art of the work/life balance. It will come as no surprise that it’s constantly rated one of the best places to live in the world. Flights to Auckland are very easy to come by, so take a look for yourself!


4. Melbourne

If you love coffee, you belong in Melbourne. Notorious the world over for liking the finer things in life and insisting on going out the way for a good cup o’ Joe, Melbournians are effortlessly trendy. The sprawling city – which is home to a whopping 3.5 million people – echoes their refined tastes.

The neighbourhood of Fitzroy is the epicentre of Melbourne’s hip scene, filled with the likes of vintage stores, up-market liquor bars, independent book shops, and swish restaurants. You could spend entire days here and still not discover all the kooky hideaways in this district.


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5. Queenstown

Any city perched on the side of a lake with mountain views is a winner in our book, so Queenstown was a natural choice for this list. The city’s sublime backdrop at Lake Wakatipu is reason enough to love this town, but Queentown’s thriving bar and restaurant scene should not be ignored.

Sit back on a patio with lakeside views, sipping on quality New Zealand wines while admiring the scenery. Take a stroll down its café-lined avenues and stop off for a coffee or late afternoon tipple. Relax, you’re in Queenstown – there’s no reason to rush here.