Australia is a spectacularly diverse country and this is reflected in its party scene. In major cities such as Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne, you can find a wide variety of clubs and bars that would be a perfect fit for any European metropolis. If partying and nightlife are right up your alley, you will love Australia’s party destinations.
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Perth is no longer a small, sleepy town. Today, it is a bustling metropolis located on Australia’s West Coast. It is home to countless backpacker hostels, clubs, and bars. You can start your night out or evening at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel. You will be able to watch the sunset over the beach while enjoying a few pints. Alternatively, you can head out to Barracks Bar, which is located at the Old Swan Barracks Backpacker Hostel. Sometimes you need to go big or go home. Head on down to Villa. It is one of the biggest clubs in town. Next on the list of big hitters include The Deen. It is Perth’s biggest party pub comprising nine bars! An eclectic mix of EDM will keep everyone moving until the morning.
If you are thinking of hitting up the hostel spots first, Shenannigans and Chilli’s Backpackers are popular with the backpacking scene. In fact, it is always packed with travellers from around the globe. Both spots are cheerful and cheap and will definitely put you in good stead for the night ahead. Once your buddies and you are sufficiently warmed up, it is time to pay one of Darwin’s major clubs a visit. Darwin’s biggest option is Discovery.
In Australia, Cairns has some of the best nightlife scenes. Cheaper options include Gilligan’s, Calypso, and Nomads. When you are sufficiently watered and want something more, you can join an adventurous Party Tour pub crawl. You will be able to stop by every popular night spot in town. Psst! Some people splash about the Great Barrier Reef to recover from a night of partying.
Nimbin is located a little further in inside Byron Bay. It is recognized as a true hippie town. It’s true that it can be sleepy at times but it starts to come alive during Mardi Gras. The streets will be filled with colourful costumes, cheerful people, and spliff-shaped floats. Let go and immerse yourself in the bongo drums and loud music. If you are around during the beginning of May, this destination is definitely worth a look!
Today, Magnetic Island is an island that pulls in a wide array of party goers for its Full Moon Party. Both local and international DJs are invited to spin tunes beside the Base Backpackers Hostel. This alone, has attracted approximately 3,000 revellers on a monthly basis. They slap on the body paint and continue grooving beside the fire twirlers until the sun rises.
Airlie Beach & Whitsundays
Yes, Airlie Beach is a party town in its own right. However, it is Whitsunday Islands’ party cruise that’s the real deal. The islands themselves boasts white sands, tropical perfection, and glistening turquoise water. With bars on the boats, a fun slide and endless pumping tunes, you are strapped in for the ultimate party that tours paradise. After the boat trip, a majority of travellers will proceed to hit up the main strip for a one-night booze fuelled “debriefing” session. Mama Africa Bar and Magnums are some of the top options.
Gold Coast is one of the biggest party destinations for both locals and tourists. You can find the main party area in the central zone of the Surfer’s Paradise suburb. With countless clubs located here, picking one should be pretty easy. Most of them play the latest floor fillers and open till late. If you want to test your partying limits, be sure to join one of the organised club/pub crawls, i.e. Wicked Club Crawl or Hangover Crawl. If you are looking for a place that spins predominantly dance music, you can never go wrong with Elsewhere bar.
Byron Bay is a different kind of great when it comes to partying. It is a surf town that exudes cool hippie-alternative vibes. It is like an Australian party mecca. If you are first-timer here, you can start your evening at the Treehouse on Belongil or Railway Friendly Bar. These are great places that play stellar live music. If your feet are feeling rather happy, hopping over to Cheeky Monkey will be a good idea. Alternatively, you could just spend the entire night in Woody’s Surf Shack.
The most popular seaside spot in Sydney is undoubtedly Bondi. Simply move inland from the surf and you will soon find the Hotel Bondi and Side Bar. This is one of the best places to party into the early hours. Don’t want sand in your shoes? It may be best for you to head central. Check out Scruffy Murphy’s or Jacksons on George. They open till late and always have something going on. Where else can you find pretty sweet club nights or stellar live band performances? The answer is Oxford Art Factory. If you are into underground parties, Under the Radar, Picnic, and People Must Jam will suit your preferences.
Melbourne is probably the coolest place to party in all of Australia. If you are interested in partying at downtown Melbourne, you would definitely want to give Emerald Peacock a look. Alternatively, you can always start off with a few beerskis over at Bar Open, before visiting Fitzroy to be surrounded by some of the finest street art. Love the beach? Why not head out to St. Kilda? When you have had your fix, bounce back into the Esplanade Hotel and continue partying!