Blink and you’ll miss them – Australia’s hidden towns

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This wide brown land has many fascinating, scenic and secluded towns that you could drive right by, never knowing what you’ve missed. Affordable Holidays are passing on a few of these hidden treasures so you can look out for them as you pass by. If you’re roving around Australia and you’re after a unique experience, be sure to look out for some of these destinations.

Seal Rocks

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Two hours from New Castle (or a short, scenic drive from Old Bar’s gorgeous Meridian Resort Beachside) you’ll find the tiny fishing village of Seal Rocks. This is one of the few remaining coastal villages that have resisted development, which is why the locals have been keeping it hidden (although I’ve heard they are very welcoming to those who come to admire the village in all it’s simplicity). Visitors enjoy the region for its good surf, to be awed but the well-known lighthouse perched on the Cliffside and bask in the towns serene beauty.
You’d better get out there soon; the locals can only struggle to keep the village from development for so long- as the locals say “Save Seal Rocks, The Last Frontier.”
You can also see the idyllic location in Adore (2013), filmed earlier this year.

 

Coober Pedy

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If you’re travelling between Adelaide and Alice Springs, smack bang in the middle, on the Stewart Highway, you’d best have a stop-off at Coober Pedy, Australia’s underground town. The region is renowned for being the ‘opal capital of the world’ which is why 1,700 people are living in such an isolated area. The problem however, is the scorching heat produced in the daytime (average of 30-32 degrees Celsius), so the locals have all moved into underground dwellings called “dugouts.”
These are not nasty, dirty, wet holes, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat, they are dugouts, and that means comfort. (We’d better thank Tolkien for that.)
This township really is as unique as they come, when you’re passing by you’ll recognise the Coober Pedy from the lone tree on a hilltop overlooking the town. It’s made from scrap iron, so you can’t miss it.

 

Hat Head

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With a cosy population of 300, Hat Head sits hidden amidst the Hat Head National Park on the New South Wales coastline. From here you can look to the east and spot a pod of migrating whales or to the west and spy a rare bird. Hat Head is a must for avid birdwatchers as the national park is part of the Hastings-Macleay Important Bird Area (IBA) which supports significant numbers of endangered birds, so if you’re lucky enough you may stumble upon the Regent Honeyeater or a rare Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. For an eager trekker there are numerous walking tracks through the national park that reward you with spectacular birds-eye views, heath lands dominated by the colours of flannel flowers and paper daisies, ridges, sea caves and arches.
Hat Head is a little over an hours drive from Old Bar, the location of the gorgeous Meridian Resort Beachside.

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