The top things to do in the city - Find your kind of wonderful with Mantra Hotels

The bright lights of the city are calling! Whether it’s a romantic city escape or a fun-filled family holiday, discover your kind of wonderful with Mantra Hotels.

If you’re heading to the “river city” for a city break, there are plenty of things to do in Brisbane for everyone to enjoy. Heat wave? Head to Streets Beach in South Bank to cool off. Best way to get there? Take the free CityHopper ferry, running every 30 minutes along the Brisbane River. Our other favourite Brisbane attractions include strolling under the towering Story Bridge, taking in the city views from the top of the Wheel of Brisbane, shopping at Queen Street Mall, catching a show at QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) and watching the sun set from Mount Coot-tha.

Brisbane accommodation: Mantra on Edward - spacious apartments located in the heart of the city.

Brisbane Story  Bridge

Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

The iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are great places to visit in Sydney; however there are so many other things to do in Sydney on your city escape. Nature lover? Enjoy a picnic beneath the trees and amongst the flowers at Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney or visit the cute and cuddly residents at Taronga Zoo Sydney. You can also surf, sunbathe or sightsee at one of Sydney’s famous beaches including Bondi Beach or Manly Beach. Looking for somewhere to entertain the kids? They’ll love Luna Park Sydney, with amusement rides, sideshow games and more. NRL fanatic? Visit Allianz Stadium for an exciting Roosters game.

Sydney accommodation: BreakFree on George - walk to popular Sydney attractions from this popular CBD hotel.

Royal Botanic  Gardens, Sydney

Credit: Steve Back/Destination NSW

Play in Canberra while the politicians are away! Election time is upon us, so what better time to visit the Nation’s capital? Head to the National Gallery of Australia or Canberra Museum and Gallery to admire the amazing works of national and international artists or to brush up on your history, visit the 19-hectare National Zoo and Aquarium for a walk on the wild side, or take a hot air balloon ride high over the city as the sun rises in the distance.

Canberra accommodation: Mantra MacArthur Hotel - contemporary rooms and plenty of facilities in the beautiful inner city suburb of Turner.

Hot air balloon  over Canberra

Credit: Rob Mulally for VisitCanberra

Food, fashion and a whole lot of fun…Melbourne’s got it all! Getaway to one of Australia’s favourite cities and discover all of the top Melbourne attractions including AFL games at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), the Chapel Street shopping and dining precinct, Luna Park in St Kilda, hidden laneways in the CBD and Wonderland Junior in the Docklands district.

Melbourne accommodation: Mantra on the Park - ideal for families, this hotel boasts self-contained apartments, a heated indoor swimming pool and a restaurant.

The Olsen - boutique, luxury accommodation located on Melbourne’s prestigious Chapel Street.

Hosier Lane,  Melbourne

Credit: Visit Victoria

From funky exhibitions at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) to panoramic views from Mount Wellington to delicious produce at Salamanca Market, the list of Hobart activities and sights is endless. Stroll along Constitution Dock and grab some fresh fish and chips, visit the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse or snap a selfie with a Tasmanian devil at the Hobart Zoo.

Hobart accommodation: Mantra One Sandy Bay Road - stroll to all of Hobart’s top attractions from this charming hotel.

Hobart  waterfront

Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Samuel Shelley

Looking for the perfect place for a long weekend away? Adelaide is conveniently located on the doorstep to the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills wine regions making it an ideal escape, but there are so many more Adelaide attractions to experience! Visit the giant pandas at Adelaide Zoo, catch some rays at Glenelg Beach, see a concert at Adelaide Oval or get lost in the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Adelaide accommodation: Peppers Waymouth Hotel - a European inspired, sophisticated hotel in the Adelaide CBD.

Adelaide Oval

Credit: Hirokazu Ishino

Perth is popping! There are more things to do in Perth popping up all the time, which makes it the perfect time to visit. Cruise over to Rottnest Island for the day for a bit of exploration, enjoy a coffee and some busking at the Fremantle Markets, tantalise your taste buds with a wine tasting tour through the Swan Valley, and at the end of the day, grab some fish and chips and watch the sun go down from Cottesloe Beach.

Perth accommodation: Peppers Kings Square Hotel - retreat after a busy day in this modern hotel with beautifully decorated rooms as well as a restaurant and bar.

Sunset over  Cottesloe Beach, Perth

Credit: Tourism Western Australia

The city of Darwin is a tropical paradise on the fringe of the vast outback and is just waiting to be discovered. If wrestling crocodiles isn’t your thing, try visiting them on the other side of an enclosure at Crocosaurus Cove or Crocodylus Park, or take a jumping crocodile cruise to see them in the wild. Darwin’s balmy weather means some cooling off is required. Dive into Wave Lagoon or head into one of Darwin’s cool waterfront restaurants for an icy cold craft beer. Alternatively, spend your days seeking out waterfalls and watering holes in Litchfield National Park or Kakadu National Park. A trip to Darwin isn’t complete without watching the sun set from Mindil Beach, and the Sunset Markets (which run during the dry season) are an absolute Darwin must-see!

Darwin accommodation: Mantra Pandanas - sit back and relax on your balcony with stunning views of Darwin harbour from this centrally located hotel.

Sandy Creek  Falls, Litchfield National Park

Credit: Mitchell Cox/Tourism NT

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