Sydney was established in the 1780s – the first European settlement in Australia. Since then, the city has expanded eastward to the coast and westward to the Blue Mountains. It now stretches 55 kilometres from east to west, and 60 kilometres from north to south.
Sydney is one of the world’s most highly rated cities in terms of quality of life. It was ranked by The Economist's Global Liveability Report 2011 as one of the world's most liveable cities and was voted ‘world's best city’ by readers of Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines. Why not come and decide for yourself!
London is the capital and most populous city of England with a population of over 8.5million. Its existence on the River Thames dates back to Roman Times and its architecture is a true hybrid of the subsequent fashions and trends. It is a leading global city and it benefits from world-class education system (including 43 universities), a highly accomplished art and entertainment scene and fantastic shopping.
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane was founded upon the ancient homelands of the Turrbal and Jagera peoples. Brisbane was chosen as the capital when Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales in 1859. During World War II, Brisbane played a central role in the Allied campaign and served as the South West Pacific headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur.
Today, Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city's built heritage. It is a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway for visitors to the state of Queensland. The city has hosted several large cultural, international and sporting events, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88, the final Goodwill Games in 2001, and the 2014 G-20 summit.
Perth is the fourth-most populous city in Australia and the capital and largest city of the Western Australia. The first areas settled were on the Swan River, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both located on its shores. Perth is formally divided into a number of local government areas, which themselves consist of a large number of suburbs, extending from Two Rocks in the north to Rockingham in the south, and east inland to The Lakes.
The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the southeast corner of the state of Queensland in Australia. The year-round warm weather and positioning as a large coastal city just south of Brisbane has made it a popular destination with travellers. Surfers Paradise forms the glitzy hub of tourist activity. The climate of the Gold Coast ensures that travelers are able to enjoy the area year round.
The XXI Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast between 4 to 15 April 2018. The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event with competitors from around 70 countries. This is likely to lead to pressure on accommodation around this time, and building work and preparations may be evident for some time before the event. However visiting during the games may be worthwhile as the games usually bring a good "atmosphere" to the host city.