When you think of Australian cities, Sydney and Melbourne immediately spring to mind. But there many other hidden gems that are worthy of a visit. Look a little harder and you’ll find thriving towns where the modern day meets the past. Cosmopolitan bars and restaurants, blend in with a rugged and beautiful landscape. And then there are the unrivalled sandy beaches.
Perth is the capital of Western Australia. It is located where the Swan River meets the south-east coast. It is Australia’s only capital city on the Indian Ocean. A good tip is to opt for some Car hire at Perth Airport as a great way to experience everything this vibrant city has to offer.
Explore the beautiful beaches and then unwind with a glass of wine at one of the many trendy wine bars. There are several white sandy beaches within easy reach of the city centre. Cottesloe is one of the most popular. It is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and surfing. Or, just unwind with a plate of fresh seafood while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
Don’t miss the historic port of Fremantle. Here you will find Fremantle Prison, the Arts Centre and Old Courthouse. Each is worthy of a visit if you have time.
If possible, spend a few days to get to know the area. There is plenty of accommodation to choose from to suit all pockets.
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and sits on the River Derwent. It boasts a stunning historic waterfront. If you visit during the weekend, make sure you go to the markets at Salamanca Place. Over 300 stallholders gather to sell fresh produce, arts, and crafts.
Take the ferry to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). This is a privately-owned museum and is known for it’s daring exhibitions. Salamanca Arts Centre is also worth seeing. It focuses on the arts and crafts of local makers.
There are over 300 islands off the coast of Tasmania. One of the best ways to see them is via a kayak or boat tour. You can book half day or full day tours. And for the adventurous, it’s possible to book for several days.
Southern Highlands in New South Wales and is midway between Sydney and Canberra. It is known for its beautiful gardens and rich heritage.
Visit the national parks and stunning waterfalls. Or visit some of the vineyards, and sample the crisp wines that are produced in the region. Explore its historic buildings and beautiful hiking trails.
Also in New South Wales is Broken Hill. This isolated mining town is situated in the outback. Visit one of the many museums and learn about the area’s rich past. Or take a mine tour to experience the working conditions of the area’s ancestors.
Nearby is the ghost town of Silverton which is also worth a visit.
When you’re planning your next trip, it’s worth doing some research and venturing away from the main tourist haunts. Discover your own favourite towns and cities. Experience everything this beautiful continent has to offer. Get lost in beautiful beaches, stunning landscape and diverse townships.