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Matching up cities of the US to Australian cities

Whilst exploring the States, I often couldn’t help but compare certain places to parts of Australia. Of course every destination is unique, but I liked to observe similarities and thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on what parts of Australia are most similar to those in America.

New York – Sydney

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They’ve got the famous landmarks next to the water (Statue of Liberty – Sydney Opera House), the famous bridges (Brooklyn Bridge – Harbor Bridge) and have a big city, tourist feel. Both very modern and contemporary, they ooze effortless cool and are both great places for young people!

San Fransisco – Melbourne

The artsy cities of the two countries. Melbourne is filled with quirky cafes, unique shops, graffiti art and alternative people and I found San Fran to be very similar. They both have large China Towns and are both famous for their trolleys/trams.

Miami – Gold Coast

Fabulous beaches, an amazing club scene and year round warm weather makes these two perfect holiday destinations. The Gold Coast also hosts Australia’s 5 major theme parks and Florida is known for their theme parks too.

Boston – Brisbane

Even though Boston is a lot older than Brisbane, I noticed a lot was similar. A mix of old and new architecture was obvious in both, with modern buildings but beautiful old churches. They are both also fairly small cities and known as the ‘walking’ cities.

Washington D.C – Canberra

Ok so you probably saw this one coming. The two capital cities are both very similar. The US has the White House, Australia has the Parliament House and both have an abundance of famous monuments, galleries and museums. Surprisingly, Canberra can also be known as a party town filled with young students as there is no alcohol tax in the countries capital state. Washington also has a cool neighbourhood in Georgetown known for similar things.

HAWAIIAN Islands – Whitsunday Islands

White sand beaches, turquoise waters and beautiful island chains. Paradise comes in two different forms.

New Orleans – Darwin

More so for the natural aspects than the city as a whole. New Orleans in Louisiana has swamps and alligators, Darwin in the Northern Territory has bushland and crocodiles.

San Diego – Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a small town known for being very laid back. The chilled out surfing town is dominated by free, nature loving people (hippies if you will). San Diego was like that but in a city version. Relaxed, filled with young people and with many beautiful beaches they are each on my list of favourite places in the world.

The Grand Canyon – The Kimberley’s

Both beautiful natural wonders carved out of vibrant red rock. Whilst one is definitely more famous, I think the other is just as amazing.

Santa Cruz – Geelong

On the water, beautiful beaches and amusement for all ages. Santa Cruz along the Californian coast is a popular stop along the Highway One road trip trail and Geelong is right near the famous Great Ocean Road. Both have carnival like foreshores with family friendly activities and are close to major cities (Melbourne and San Francisco, which just so happened to match up too).

I could name a million and one things that are different about Australia and the US, but that was my take on some similarities in certain places. I didn’t include places I have never been in either of the countries, so I’d love to know if anyone thinks of any other ones that could be added to this.

Happy Travels!



  1. Joe Vogo says

    In terms of population, tourism, landmarks and economic significance, Sydney is the one Aussie city that can be closely compared to New York. However I would say Melbourne and New York have their striking similarities, both cities are grid cities, both claim to be the arts and cultural capital of their respective countries. I can’t help but be reminded of Carlton or Fitzroy whenever I am going for a night out in the Lower East Side. Soho for some reason always reminds of the busy lane ways in Melbourne (Similar historic architecture) and Collins Street, as well as the fashion conscious attitudes of suburbs like South Yarra and Toorak. Melbourne also had a surge of art deco architecture in the 1930’s. With Melbourne’s population and financial performance set to overtake Sydney in the coming decade, I feel Melbourne will be a stronger comparison to New York City.

    • I do agree with you on that Joe! Melbourne definitely has a lot of similarities to New York City as well. It was a hard one to call. I did have a lot of flashbacks to Fitzroy while wandering around Williamsburg in Brooklyn as well. Love your input, if I do a remake of this post I may just change it around 🙂

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