Brisbane has many hidden stories among its skyscrapers and picturesque riverside — some of them of the much darker and gruesome variety! But fast-forward beyond the crime and punishment that once plagued the River City, and you’ll find plenty of modern museums, art galleries, and restaurants that define this new-world city. And looming over all of it is Mt Coot-tha, offering up the best views of Brisbane.
Melbourne was settled by Europeans only 180 years ago, but thanks to the discovery of gold in the 1850s, you’d never know it. Stunning Victorian arcades, theatres and government buildings line the city’s historic boulevards. These streets are filled with the city’s 4 million (and ever-increasing) multicultural residents that love watching just about any sport (particularly Aussie Rules Football), discovering hidden laneway bars and restaurants and searching for the city’s best eats thanks to the diverse population.