The best thing should you do when visiting in Sydney

Glistening, vibrant and dynamic, the sun-soaked, beach-strewn metropolis of Sydney is the epitome of easygoing Aussie living.

Here, world-class cuisine, cutting-edge street culture, sport and fashion intersect on a daily basis, making it one of the world’s top cities to live in.

From the much-loved sights on the tourist trail (the iconic Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Bondi Beach) to the myriad small, bustling bars and hidden art galleries, Sydney truly has something for all tastes.

Regarded by locals as the country’s capital in all but name, Sydney is a thriving centre for both business and the arts with a buzzing, cosmopolitan scene to rival New York or London. Its busy social calendar means that festivals, sporting events or carnivals are underway all year round, especially during the summer.

Fresh produce and a cosmopolitan population mean there is a plethora of dining options. Some of the city’s most exciting cuisine is fusion food, merging Asian, Middle Eastern, European and Pacific Rim dishes, often paired with home-grown wines.

Speaking of wines, Australia has asserted itself globally as a leading plonk producer, and recent liquor laws changes have resulted in a prolific rise in wine bars across the city.

When it comes to nightlife, the choice is second to none. Watering holes here cater to everyone from hippies and trannies to jazz aficionados and pub-lovers.

Sydney is divided into distinctive pockets, so it pays to spend time exploring. The vibrant inner eastern suburbs around East Sydney, Darlinghurst and Kings Cross are LBGT-friendly, especially during Mardi Gras, and then you’ll find Sydney’s better-known beaches like Bondi and Coogee on the coast. Head the northern beaches like Manly for more sophisticated vibes.

Visitors will be struck by the overwhelming choice of experiences here – whether you’re scaling the dizzy heights of Harbour Bridge, cruising open waters from the deck of a tall ship or immersing yourself in Aboriginal history. But it just goes to remind you of Sydney’s reputation as an unforgettable world-class city.

The best thing you could do in Adelaide

Hedged in by a perimeter of eucalyptus-packed Park Lands, Adelaide salivates the palates of food travellers, festival-loving partygoers and free-spirited culture

Compact enough to never get lost, the city still has an air of enormous space. It’s flanked by the European-like Adelaide Hills to its east, world-renowned wineries to its north and south, and garlanded with a dune-draped coastline.

Its majestic boulevards, cobbled laneways and quant parklets ooze charm and grace. Refined with some of the country’s most handsome colonial architecture, visitors can comfortably explore the city on foot.

Being Australia’s food capital, Adelaide has perfected the art of oiling taste buds. Find local produce on the stalls of the city’s markets; savour it through the hands of expert chefs in the city’s hotels or the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

From cheese specialists to ChocoVino winery tours at German-settled Hahndorf, join the slow-food movement that’s passionately embraced by Adelaideans. Take a ride out to The Barossa Valley, The Clare Valley and McLaren Vale to sip South Australia’s finest vintages.

Adelaide has a menagerie of museums, galleries and shops, showcasing local artworks and installations, precious Aboriginal relics, railway and shipping artefacts and early settler migration memorabilia.

Flash the wallet in Adelaide’s gleaming department stores, or find quirky boutiques selling one-off designs, hidden down hip alleyways.

Craving some salt on the skin? The vibrant seaside village of Glenelg is just a quick tram-ride away. Swim with wild dolphins in Gulf St Vincent, before satiating seductive restaurants on the glitzy strip of Holdfast Shores.

Northwest of the city is North Haven, where you can expend some adrenaline kiteboarding. Or head to the southwest to Waitpinga and get your cool on by surfing the wild crests and challenging sets off this untamed beach.

Dubbed ‘the Festival City’, Adelaide is awash with world music, theatre and dance, so she keeps all who visit on their toes and in her palm.

This is Clubs For People Who Dont Like Club

Each year tourists flock to all corners of Europe to get loaded and have a weird time, whether it’s in an Ibiza superclub, a Berlin technohaus or on a party boat in Belgrade. Of course, it’s all fine and well when you’re travelling with someone who loves dance music as much as you do, and who only needs a box room, a DJ and a Void sound system to achieve disco enlightenment.

But if your companion is not a techno fiend and needs more from a club than untarnished BPMs, here are some of the best nights out on the continent.

Regression Sessions (UK)

Strictly speaking, it’s a night rather than a club, but let’s not concern ourselves with trivialities. Regression Sessions have been putting on events all over the UK for the last five years and are famous for their ball pits, bouncy castles and expansive production. The vibe is very much adults indulging their childish sides, so if you’re not feeling the drum and bass, house and techno spun by Fabric residents, there’s always something else to do. That might just mean face painting.

Regression Sessions: say balls to BPM bores
Regression Sessions

Fluxus Ministerija (Kaunas, Lithuania)

Housed in an abandoned shoe factory, the Ministry of Fluxus is an accessible art project that happens to throw twanging raves. You’ll find a different vibe in every cavernous room, and the swirling visuals and chin-strokey art installations will make more sense when you’re two pingers down. The lengths of their parties are legendary – come on Saturday, leave Sunday afternoon. Spend the next two days in your hotel room squinting through the curtains and watching Lithuanian dubbed reruns of Diagnosis Murder.

Elrow (Barcelona/Ibiza/Madrid)

Elrow states that its primary function is to “entertain and amuse” and it does so through a magical alchemy of the finest tech house and techno in the style of a throbbing technicolour carnival. Their spiritual home is Viladecans in Barcelona, but they’ve had a recent residency at Space in Ibiza, as well as shows in Madrid, Zaragoza and the UK. Expect elaborately costumed actors, confetti drops and endless blow-up toys to joust with.

House parties are great, right? You don’t have to pay to enter and there are no bouncers. You don’t have to secrete your drugs anywhere near your genitals, and no-one’s going to chuck you out for getting frisky in the toilets. Renate doesn’t fly in the face of all these conventions, but the vibe inside this old apartment block is more unhinged house party than urban nightclub. Lose a night and day exploring the labyrinth of rooms, nooks and baroque-decorated bars. There’s a latex covered bed in one room, and rumors of a maze in the basement. Door policy can be tough- don’t expect to roll up singing Oasis tunes and be beckoned down the rabbit hole.

Torture Garden (London/Edinburgh)

A grand old lady of the fetish club scene, Torture Garden started life in the basement of a converted church in Brixton in 1990 and is now Europe’s largest of its kind. A vast celebration of all things sexual fantastical, you won’t get in without donning the sort of bondage outfit you pray your parents never wear. As renowned for its elaborate theatrical performances as its ‘play’ rooms, the bondage side is something you can get involved with as much you wish. There are whipping horses, spanking benches and places for you to get naughty, but if you just want to hang out and party in your gimp suit, that’s cool too.