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AustinUnited States of America

Experience the heartbeat of Texas in this vibrant city which has been self-titled as the “Live Music Capital of the World”.

Once a laidback college town, Austin has since undergone a cultural awakening to become one of the most important hubs for music, film and food. Besides being home to a wealth of music venues, galleries and theatres, it also hosts many renowned festivals, such as South by Southwest, an annual film, art and music showcase which attracts an eclectic mix of devotees from all over the world.

It was at the elegant Paramount Theatre where Austin found its cultural roots. Since its establishment in 1915, it has remained downtown Austin’s entertainment hub. First constructed for vaudevillian acts and silent films, it is now a popular venue for plays, musicals or blues performances. From here, you are just a few blocks from the Texas State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark overlooking the city from one of its highest points.

Just north of downtown in the University of Texas, you’ll find interesting attractions that keep everyone in the family entertained. See dinosaur fossils and discover the natural history of Texas at the Texas Memorial Museum. Nature lovers will enjoy the thousands of native plants at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. See more than 17,000 pieces of art, including works from greats like Rubens, and admire one of the largest collections of Latin American art in the U.S. at the Blanton Museum of Art. Cross the street to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, where history buffs can learn the “Story of Texas” from engaging exhibits and artefacts.

Explore contemporary art by Texan artists at The Contemporary Austin, which is spread over two locations: the Jones Center in downtown Austin and Laguna Gloria located eight kilometres away.

Immerse yourself in nature right in the middle of the city at the Zilker Metropolitan Park, which sits on the banks of the Colorado River near downtown. Stop to smell the roses at the Zilker Botanical Garden, jump in for swim at the one-hectare Barton Springs Pool and paddle a canoe out on Town Lake.

Just outside the city are more options for outdoor enthusiasts to indulge in nature. Drive 20 minutes from downtown Austin and you can hike, picnic and fish to your heart's content at McKinney Falls State Park. Or get up close and personal with more than 300 animals at the Austin Zoo.

Downtown Austin is easily navigated on foot. Here, the streets are lined with many shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. Munch on some authentic Southern soul food at Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, dig into a juicy burger at Hut’s Hamburgers or tuck into a heart-warming brunch at the Old Pecan Street Café. After the sun sets, enjoy some live music in intimate venues like Momo's and The Parish Room on the historic Sixth Street. For some great alternative music, head to one of the city's best-loved venues, Stubb's Bar-B-Q, on the corner of East 8th Street and Red River Street, where you can also savour some scrumptious barbequed ribs, fried green tomatoes and ice-cold beer.

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Where to stay in Austin

Downtown Austin which includes street scenes and an administrative building

Downtown Austin

4/5Very Good!(23 area reviews)

Downtown Austin is popular for its fantastic nightlife. Explore top sights like Sixth Street and Texas State Capitol, and you can get around town on the metro at Downtown Station.

Downtown Austin
Franklin Park featuring a lake or waterhole and a park

Franklin Park

3.5/5Good!(2 area reviews)

Get to know Franklin Park by checking out its live music, restaurants and shopping. Consider a visit to nearby sights like McKinney Falls State Park or South Congress Avenue during your time in the area.

Franklin Park

Top hotels in Austin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
The price is AU$247 per night

This hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, Sixth Street and Paramount Theater. Also nearby are Moody Theater and Lady ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,681 reviews)

"Great property and customer service! Awesome policies in place for a safe stay during the pandemic!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2020

Fairmont Austin
Omni Austin Hotel
Omni Austin Hotel
4 out of 5
700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX
The price is AU$227 per night

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paramount Theater and O. Henry House Museum. Downtown Station is 7 minutes by foot and Plaza ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,394 reviews)

"Very Covid-adaptive, yet still with hotel services and welcoming staff."…"

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2020

Omni Austin Hotel
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
4 out of 5
4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX
The price is AU$151 per night

Located in McKinney, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from St. Edward's University.

4.2/5Very Good! (1,409 reviews)

"Nice hotel, beautiful old building kept in great shape, huge swimming pool and nice balconies. Only complain i'd have is the front desk lady seemed a bit flustered with guests coming up so she did get a little snappy with me. I understand everyone has bad days, although I personally would never speak ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2020

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark

Popular places to visit in Austin

Sixth Street
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Sixth Street

A real Austin icon, Sixth Street has brewery bars, nightclubs and live music venues that are always pumping.

Zilker Park
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Zilker Park

Paddle a canoe, hike along the extensive trails or unwind in the thermal springs of this idyllic park on the banks of a beautiful lake.

Texas State Capitol
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Texas State Capitol

A glorious, sunset-red granite structure that overlooks the city on one of Austin's highest points.

Top activities in Austin

Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from Austin
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Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from Austin

AU$153
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Weekend Kayak Rental at Lady Bird Lake
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Weekend Kayak Rental at Lady Bird Lake

AU$25
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
6th Street Bar Hop - GPS Scavenger Hunt
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6th Street Bar Hop - GPS Scavenger Hunt

AU$42
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Historic Downtown Austin Segway Tour
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Historic Downtown Austin Segway Tour

AU$105
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Austin
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Austin

AU$352
Per adult
Polaris Sling Shot
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Polaris Sling Shot

AU$182
Per adult

Reviews of Austin

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 60.526315789473685%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 31.57894736842105%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.894736842105263%
2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Sep. 2019

Lots of music, travel by electric scooter and strap in for more bbq brisket your tummy can handle!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Sep. 2019

Great (& possibly the best) city in the state of Texas to visit.......hands done.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Sep. 2019

The bats on Congress Av at dusk are amazing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Aug. 2019

I thought Austin was a nice city with a good balance between buildings and green space. The people and general atmosphere was also pleasant

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Aug. 2019

Texans are great people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jul. 2019

Awesome for the young person who wants to have a great time

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