Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with up to 85 percent of the population living in cities. Ironically, Australia is also one of the world's most sparsely populated nations. This is explained by the huge land area which is bigger than Europe (if you exclude western Russia). It is also comparable to mainland USA, but with a total population of 23 million people who live mainly in one coastal strip on the east coast, this leaves large swathes of unoccupied land.
Due to Australia's late colonisation, metropolitan centres in Australia tend to be modern and resemble North American settlemets rather than older European cities. There are unique influences too with the trend towards urbanisation being stronger than the rest of the world due to harsh landscapes like deserts which are hard to settle. The fertile eastern seaboard from Melbourne to Brisbane contains around 80% of the country's total population. Read more →
Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and is built on what many describe as the most spectacular urban harbour in the world. Sydney's main landmarks, the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are iconic of not just Sydney but of the whole country. Australia's second biggest city, Melbourne is the most European of all Australian cities with sizeable immigration from Italy and Greece. The city is the fashion, food, and art capital of Australia. The River City, Brisbane comes in third. It enjoys a sub-tropical climate. Both Perth, and Adelaide have a mediterranean climate and populations between 1 and 2 million people. The Gold Coast is a coastal city of about half a million situated very close to Brisbane. It is famous for its beaches, coastal high-rise developments, and nightlife.