If you’re the type of traveller that lives to get off the beaten path, than this list is for you! These Australian towns might not make the list of most popular places to visit, but they are worth stopping by all the same thanks to their quaint streets, unique terrain and charming atmosphere. So, what are you waiting for? Put a little variety into your holiday itinerary and take the road less travelled this time to visit these cute Aussie towns:
Hahndorf, South Australia
Nestled in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia you will find the charming town of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. As you arrive, admire the beautiful ancient elm trees that line the main street and the historic architecture. While you explore this town by foot you will realise that it is the perfect blend of new and old, retaining its German history and offering a modern edge with chic businesses popping up left, right and centre. Enjoy the village-vibe of Hahndorf and don’t hesitate to visit a local pub to try the traditional German fair.
Located on the pristine blue waters of Tasmania’s East Coast, you will stumble across the seaside town of Swansea, approximately 2 hours drive from the capital of Hobart. This town is jam-packed with great eateries, rich convict heritage and beautiful caravan park accommodation overlooking the water. On the way in make a stop at Kate’s Berry Farm to get your hands on the state’s finest berries and stop for a photo of Spiky Bridge, built by convicts in 1843.
Those exploring Australia’s West Coast shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the picturesque wine-region of Margaret River. This town truly has it all with award-winning wineries, a fantastic surf beach, beautiful coastal walks and a lively tavern that attracts some of the country’s best music acts. During the day, wander around on foot and explore boutique galleries and clothing stores.
Seals Rock, New South Wales
This small but beautifully-formed coastal settlement in the Great Lakes region of New South Wales is home to stunning surf beaches and iconic Seals Rocks lighthouse. This town makes the list for its laid-back atmosphere and slow-pace of life.
This popular destination on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula overlooks rugged Bass Strait and has a charming and lively town centre. While you’re visiting, walk down the scenic boulevard featuring a number of boutique stores, shops and restaurants. Admire historic landmarks and the multi-storey Continental Hotel built out of limestone in the 1800s.
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
This remote town in the Northern Territory will fascinate the most worldly of traveller. This spirited outback centre is famous for the rich personalities of its locals and contemporary and traditional art. If you’re a city slicker then just wandering around the town’s streets will draw you in. Alice Springs is a great launching pad for visiting the beautiful natural allures of the surrounding area.
Welcome to one of Victoria’s most picture perfect towns: a town popular with city-siders due to its close proximity to Melbourne. Here you will find Australia’s largest concentration of natural mineral springs. Visit Daylesford in Autumn to encounter the beautiful deciduous trees that line the main street of the town. Visit Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens established in 1863 and for a truly special dining experience, make a reservation at the Lake House.
Coober Pedy, South Australia
A visit to the mining town of Coober Pedy may leave you wondering if you are on a different planet. Approximately 150 million years ago the town was under the ocean. An on-site Opal mine tour is simply a must while you’re in Coober Pedy and offers unique insight into the bizarre underground world. Don’t forget your camera for this one!
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