The drinking age in Australia is 18, though bars and clubs can be strict and most card, so make sure to have some ID on you. Many youth hostels in Sydney also have bars onsite that cater to the college crowd. Sydney has a great Irish bar scene as well as a club atmosphere. There are also a few good gay bars. Brisbane has pulsating nightclubs and bars, as well as festivals, concerts, and great events throughout the year. With nice weather year round here a lot of fun stuff to do in Brisbane is held outdoors, which makes for a nice atmosphere. The Queensland Orchestra performs about thirty times a year. This experience is definitely worth looking into if you are searching for something different. Brisbane’s Story Bridge Hotel bar was built in 1886 and redone in 2003 so that the bar literally collides into the Story Bridge. There is a great beer garden directly under the bridge. In Melbourne, Block Arcade is a fun alternative to the typical bar scene. If you and your friends are looking for something a little more low key for a night then head over to the arcade.