Days 1 - 4
Once known as the ‘City of Churches’, today Adelaide is better recognised for its sophistication, charm and cosmopolitan feel. South Australia’s capital is a hub of festivals and art galleries; it enjoys a vibrant nightlife and live-music scene; plus there’s plenty of shopping (including gorgeous opals) to be done, and gastronomic delights to be enjoyed. Pop into the Art Gallery of South Australia to view indigenous art, or the South Australian Museum devoted to natural history; take an amble in the Adelaide Botanic Garden; or if you’re up for a hike, find out about the trails on the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Days 6 - 9
Nestling in the elbow of the Brisbane River, the capital of Queensland offers a taste of the good life to all its visitors. The city’s cultural precinct boasts the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, which hosts interactive exhibitions, and the Queensland Museum of Modern Art. Don’t miss a visit to Mount Coo-tha, with its sprawling Brisbane Botanic Gardens and panoramic views from its summit. The Scenic Rim Region, just outside the city centre, is also a treat, as is the Lamington National Park, and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. After your day’s excursion, kick back at one of the many bars or restaurants and enjoy the beats provided by local musicians.