For such a compact territory, Macao has much more to offer than at first meets the eye. Its UNESCO World Heritage listing of east-meets-west sites complement the rise of a contemporary city with its giant integrated resorts.
Macao is truly a melting pot of features which extends to the restaurants and street side eateries. As a new member of the UNESCO Creative Cities – Gastronomy, Macao happily takes up the tag City of Gastronomy. The unique Macanese cuisine is one of the world’s earliest forms of fusion food – Portuguese inspired with spices from Africa and South-East Asia and ingredients from mainland China.
In 2019, Macao celebrates the 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China and once again host a number of vibrant and colourful festivals and events. Once a Portuguese territory, Macao – permanent population of 650,000 – attracted more than 35 million visitors in 2018. A figure that is sure to increase further with the opening of the longest over sea road bridge in the world linking neighbouring Hong Kong.
Who goes to Macao
Being such a diverse destination, Macao also attracts a range of travellers. Couples can find romance while families can discover fun. There is a market for groups and corporates for events.
How to get to Macao
You can access Macao by flight from Australia to Hong Kong with connecting high-speed ferry services from HKIA, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Alternatively, catch the bus shuttle for the 35-minute transfer on the 55km long bridge-tunnel road link from Hong Kong. Also, fly to Macao International Airport via an Asian hub.
Top 10 things to do in Macao
- Explore the neighbourhoods and major historic sites on foot (Step Out visitors guide for eight suggested self-guided walking routes available).
- Climb the steps to the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s or visit the A Ma Temple
- Dine out on Macanese, Portuguese and Chinese cuisine
- Book a table at one of the Michelin quality restaurants
- Head to 338-metre high Macau Tower for a bird’s eye view or perhaps an AJ Hackett bungee jump from the 233-metre level
- Meet the residents of the Giant Panda Pavilion on Coloane Island.
- Visit during a major festival such as the month-long International Fireworks Display Contest, the annual Food Festival or the Macao International Parade
- Take a stroll in the quiet surrounds of one of the parks as well as the walking trails on Coloane Island.
- Spend time in quaint Taipa Village, famous for its eateries, shops and art galleries
- Go for a gondola ride in The Venetian or take the elevator to the top of The Parisian’s Eiffel Tower.