16 places you won’t believe are in Australia

16 places you won’t believe are in Australia

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It may look like Kauai, the Hawaiian island used as the location for the Jurassic Park film …

But this is actually Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island in New South Wales.

Lord Howe Island is in the Tasman Sea east of Port Macquarie. It’s characterised by sandy beaches, subtropical forests and beautiful clear waters. In the south, a trail winds up soaring Mount Gower, with sweeping views. Ned’s Beach in the north has calm fish- and coral-rich waters. The island is home to seabird colonies, including masked boobies. Incredible dive sites surround the nearby Admiralty Islands. Photo: Tourism Australia


It may look like the moody lakes of Norway …

But this is actually Pumphouse Point, on the southern hemisphere’s deepest lake in the middle of Tasmania. It’s the perfect place to walk deep into the fjord-like surrounds of Lake St Clair, explore the giant myrtle forests, tread softly on the moss-covered understory and forget the world you left behind. Photo: Tourism Australia


It may look like an old timey building in Mexico …

But it’s actually in north Queensland. This Spanish-style castillo, now mostly in ruins, was built by José Paronella, a Catalonian who came to Australia in 1913 to work on the sugar cane fields, eventually buying and selling farms and amassing wealth. He first spotted this patch of virgin scrub along Mena Creek in 1914, buying it in 1929 for £120 with a dream to build a castle and pleasure gardens. It opened to the public in 1935. Photo: Tourism Australia


It may look like a Parisian bistro …

But this is Siglo wine bar in the Melbourne CBD. It looks onto the city’s beautiful Parliament House, and has a cracking wine list. What more could you want? Photo: Tourism Australia


It may look like the crystal clear waters of the Galapagos Islands …

But this is Maria Island – a mountainous island located in the Tasman Sea, off the east coast of Tasmania. Photo: Tourism Australia


This may look like a cenote in Mexico …

But it’s actually the Mataranka thermal pool, near Katherine in the Northern Territory. You’ll find them in the Elsey National Park. It is safe to swim here and the springs are a perfect 34 degrees celsius year ‘round. Word to the wise: the rest of the National Park waterways are crocodile habitat, so no swimming. Photo: Tourism Australia


This may look like a European mountain chalet …

But it’s Ronny Creek, near Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. Iconic Cradle Mountain is a place of exceptional natural beauty in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. From moss-covered ancient rainforests and deep river gorges to snow-covered mountain peaks, wild alpine moorlands and glacial lakes, the park is revered for its diverse and breath-taking landscapes. Photo: Tourism Australia


This may look like an island in the South Pacific …

But this is Lizard Island, on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. As the northern most resort on the Great Barrier Reef, and a luxury lodge of Australia, Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. This is just one wonderful Lizard Island fact that makes it like nowhere else. The hour flight from Cairns allows you to take in the true majesty and scale of the reef, and the resort is literally on the reef. Photo: Tourism Australia


This may look like a beer hall in Germany …

But this is the town of Hahndorf in South Australia. Located just half an hour from Adelaide, Hahndorf is a contemporary village proud of its German heritage. Stroll the tree-lined main street and discover butcher, baker and candlestick makers, shops, galleries and studios, a cheese maker, leathersmith, jeweller, a craft brewery, winery cellar doors, gin distillery, chocolatier, traditional sweet shops, German-style pubs, multicultural restaurants and cafés. Photo: Tourism Australia


This may look like a spa in Sweden …

But this is the Peninsula Hot Springs, on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. It’s an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this coastal oasis, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Photo: Tourism Australia


This may look like a swimming spot on Italy’s Amalfi Coast …

But these are the Fairy Pools in Noosa, Queensland. Photo: Ash Schutt from Lemon Poppy Photography.


This may look like a vineyard on Crete …

But it’s actually Skillogalee Wines in South Australia’s Clare Valley. The cellar door and restaurant are set in an historic settler’s cottage, surrounded by cottage gardens where guests may sample their estate-grown wines or lunch al fresco (in the kinder weather) on the verandah or under the shade of an old olive tree. In winter there are log fires and warm rugs to keep you cosy. Photo: Tourism Australia


This may look like an island in Fiji …

But it’s actually the Cocos Keeling Islands – a remote territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. Its 2 coral atolls comprise 27 tiny islands with white­-sand beaches, palm trees and lagoons. They are situated 2750 kms northwest of Perth and 900km from Christmas Island. Photo: Getty


This may look like a farm in Provence, France …

But this Lavender farm is actually found in Nabowla, Tasmania. Bridestowe Lavender Estate grows true French lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), the only variety suitable for use in perfume and cooking – so a visit here provides a true paddock to plate experience. Source: iStock


This may look like a jungle in South America …

But this is the Daintree rainforest in Far North Queensland. Covering 1200sq k between the Mossman Gorge and Bloomfield River, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. An estimated 180 million years old, it is tens of millions of years older than the Amazon and contains living examples of unique ancient plants as well as thousands of species of birds, animals and reptiles. Picture: Tourism Tropical North Queensland


This may look like a swimming spot in the Mediterranean …

But this is Mount Martha on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. When we posted this picture from Anthony Lawrence on our Instagram page last week, it blew up. People couldn’t believe that this was in our own backyard … which is a timely reminder that while we might not be able to venture overseas at the moment, there are plenty of drool-worthy places right here in Australia. Hopefully this gallery has provided you with a little inspiration for your next Aussie adventure. Picture: Anthony Lawrence (@drcamera / Instagram)

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