Australian Destinations that will make you feel like you’re overseas!

Ever felt like taking a quick trip to a Tuscan winery? Or maybe soaking in some sunny Hamptons ambience? How about swinging by the carved stone wonders of Cappadocia? Well, you don’t always need a passport to travel the world. Australia is filled with such a rich diversity of experiences that it’s easy to feel like you’ve transported yourself to some of the world’s most famous and unique locations. Here’s our list of Australian destinations that will make you feel like you’re overseas!     

Yarra Valley – A Tuscan wineries experience

Tuscany vibes from the back doorstep of the Yarra Valley. Image from Pietro Gallus Estate.
Beautiful Tuscany vineyards at sunset. Photo by Johny Goerend on Unsplash.

Romantic rolling hills, abundant grapevines and rustic wine estates. The Yarra Valley, located just a short drive from Melbourne, is renowned for its picturesque vineyards. But it also effortlessly evokes the ambience of Italy’s famous Tuscan wine region. The region’s passionate winemakers and chefs also capture the famed epicurean wonders of Tuscany in Yarra Valley wineries such as Pietro Gallus Estate. As you sip on a pinot and overlook the vine-covered hills, you might momentarily forget that you’re still in Australia. Saluti!

Where to stay

Econo Lodge Lilydale is a stylish colonial property situated at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, and the ideal location for a Tuscan-styled wine tour. From the Yarra Valley Melbourne is only a scenic hour and a half’s drive away. 

Coober Pedy – A taste of Cappadocia

Umoona Opal Mines and Cappadocia have something in common. South Australian Tourism Commission.
Cappadocia Caves. Image from Linda Gerbec on Unsplash.

Take some time for a memorable road trip through South Australia you’ll be rewarded with wonders that might have been imported from the exotic provinces of Turkey. Cappadocia is known for its surreal landscapes, carved home dwellings and otherworldly beauty. Coober Pedy’s captivating underground dwellings and opal mines, such as the Umoona Opal Mines, evoke a similar sense of wonder. Prepare to experience a fascinating region where ancient history meets creative modernity.

Where to stay

Explore the Coober Pedy caves and their attached underground attractions by staying in the Comfort Inn Coober Pedy. Located entirely underground and sculpted from an original opal mine, this is an experience filled with natural history and wonder. 

Hahndorf – A glimpse of old world Germany

Nothing screams old-world Germany like a good ole’ beer. Image from German Arms.
Old-world Germany Beers. Photo by BENCE BOROS on Unsplash.

Nestled in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Hahndorf is a charming town that exudes the spirit of old-world Germany. With its traditional German bakeries and Hahndorf pubs like the German Arms Hotel, Hahndorf offers a truly unique glimpse into classic Bavarian culture. Stroll down the town’s main street and savour bratwurst, schnitzel, and sauerkraut at one of the many authentic German restaurants. It’s easy to lose yourself in the romantic atmosphere of a town that feels straight out of Europe.

Where to stay

You’ll find plenty of charming old world stays in Hanhdorf to compliment your European holiday, from boutique apartments to cosy rooms. 

Launceston – Vibrant lavender fields of Provence

Bridestowe Lavender Estate, at Nabowla, Tasmania is considered one of the State's most spectacular vistas during flowering in December and January.
A purple haze at the Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Image from Jamie Douros & Camille Helm.
Stunning Lavender Fields in Provence, France. Image from Antony Bec from Unsplash.

Captured in the vivid colours of Van Gogh and Cezanne, Provence has long been famed for its vibrant lavender hills. So it’s no surprise that the summertime blooms of Launceston’s stunning landscapes evoke a strikingly similar feel. The Bridestowe Lavender Farm creates an unmistakable French countryside feel during the warmer months, with purple lavender fields providing a stunning backdrop for a leisurely stroll or a picnic.

Where to stay

Enjoy the Provence style lavender farms in Launceston by staying close by in stylish colonial comfort. Built in 1847 the heritage-listed Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston offers a unique old world experience to perfectly match the lavender hills Provence ambience.

Toukley – The Hamptons of Australia

You can find the Hamptons vibes right at The Beachcomber.
The Hamptons. Image from Sebastian Enrique.

The Hamptons have long been a glittering beachfronted playground for New Yorks city dwellers. That’s why the picturesque coastal hamlet of Toukely on the gorgeous Central Coast of NSW. Relax with a drink at one of the Hamptons style waterfront restaurants as you soak in the gem. The iconic ‘Beachie’ captures the Hamptons ambience perfectly both with decor, restaurants and sparkling views. 

Where to stay

Enjoy a Hamptons experience at the source. The Beachcomber Hotel & Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection is waterfront hotel with restaurants, bars and a world-class waterfront view. The Beachcomber Toukley is a great family venue as well.

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