There is an absolute abundance of hot spots across Australia, from capital cities like Sydney and Melbourne, to the less famous but just as popular Broome and Noosa. With these cities often adoring the spotlight, it is often forgotten that there is a whole country filled with quaint and beautiful towns waiting to be explored.
So whether you’re after a day trip or even a week long escape, get away from the hustle and bustle and head to these underrated towns. Let’s be real, once you arrive you won’t want to leave – go start sussing out some flight prices and package deals right here.
South West Rocks, NSW
Located on the Mid North Coast, this coastal town offers spectacular beaches, amazing wildlife, and one of the best Aussie pubs you’ll ever come across. Take a trip to Smoky Cape Lighthouse and experience breathtaking views of the east coast (minus the crowds you’ll find in Byron). And if it’s a little adventure you seek, there are plenty of camping spots in area allowing you to experience South West Rocks’ full potential.
Back in the day, Chilterns was a popular town thanks to the Aussie gold mining boom. However, this city has well and truly returned to small town living. Perfect for a day trip, walk the old town and admire all of its well-preserved historic buildings. Head to the outskirts of Chiltern where you’ll find the National Park, perfect for bush hikes, with plenty of wildlife on offer.
This rural South Australian town is located on the banks of the Murray River, offering some of Australia’s best produce, and killer wine too. In true local style, be sure to stay at the backpacker’s hostel, which is of course located on a boat on the river. There are plenty of water activities to get amongst, and be sure to head out into outback territory, to experience the town in all of its glory.
Forget heading to the beaches of the Gold Coast or the rainforests of Cairns, head to the centre of the Sunshine Coast. Maroochydore has everything to offer. Dip your feet in the rolling waves of its beautiful beaches, and head into town to experience multicultural cuisine and the live music scene. It’s the perfect spring getaway, if the soaring temperatures of summer are still a little too far away.
Esperance, Western Australia
Discover the incredible beaches and one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the great pink Lake Hillier. Esperance may be a bit of a hike away, but the natural beauty of the town is well worth it. Perfect for the well deserved week long getaway, be sure to check out the local pubs, and if you’re lucky you might even spot a sunbathing Kangaroo.
Lying on the edge of the Wilderness World Heritage Area in Tasmania, Strahan has a bit of a dark past. The harbourside town was once home to the convicts of Australia, now, it’s serving up delicious food and artisan wares. If you’re the outdoorsy type, this is the city for you. Go fishing at Lake Burbury and be sure to make the journey up to Hogarth Falls.
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