Away from the cities, you'll find outback settlements, beachside towns, and leafy enclaves with deep histories. These towns and villages are great for day trips, getaways, and exploring the nearby coast or countryside.
Gold Rush architecture and gourmet treats combine in Victoria's High Country. Its heyday was in the 1850s, but the town still attracts visitors with its restaurants, breweries, shops, and museums. Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct is where to learn about its colourful history.
Merimbula's location on NSW's southern Sapphire Coast guarantees blue waters. It has beaches, lagoons, and lakes. Its name comes from an Aboriginal word for "two lakes." Merimbula Lake's boardwalk offers blue vistas.
Stanthorpe is in southeast Queensland's Granite Belt, a striking landscape with granite outcrops. The rural town is home to Australia's highest vineyards and is surrounded by farmlands and orchards. Mount Marlay offers a good view of the town and its pastoral surroundings.
Katherine, the NT's third-largest town, is a Stuart Highway crossroads. It's also on the Adelaide-Darwin Ghan railway. Despite being near Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park and Nitmiluk National Park, the remote town is not overcrowded.