Favourite Historic Towns of Australia

Our Top 10 List: Favourite Historic Towns of Australia

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This list is our own personal top ten Historic Towns we have seen in our travels around Australia, mostly from our 2008 around Australia trip.

New Norcia Western Australia

1. New Norcia, WA

New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town, meaning it is mostly composed of a monastery. The hotel and roadhouse are the only exceptions. We liked this place so much we got married here in 2004. It is just over an hour’s drive north of Perth, but where you are here you will feel like you are in another century. You can just visit for a drink at the pub and a tour of the art gallery/museum, or stay over night and explore a bit more.

Church in Yungaburra

2. Yungaburra, QLD

Yungaburra is a located on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia, not far from Cairns.

3. Tilba Tilba, NSW

Tilba Tilba is a heritage village in NSW set in a nice green valley.

Silverton Hotel NSW

4. Silverton, NSW

Silverton is an old mining town just 26 kilometres north-west of Broken Hill in the middle of nowhere, probably as closest to a typical ghost town you will find in Australia. There are a few old buildings, some with galleries and shops, but the main attraction is the laid back Silverton Hotel.

Berrima new

5. Berrima, NSW

Berrima is a charming small village in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Old Convent Gallery

6. Daylesford, VIC

Daylesford is located in the spa country of Victoria, popular for weekend escapes from Melbourne.  You can still find a few public taps providing fresh mineral water that the town is famous for.

Old Buildings

7. Charters Towers, QLD

Located inland  from Townsville on the Flinders Highway, Charters Towers was once a booming town during the gold rush of the 1880s.

Main Street Cooktown

8. Cooktown, QLD

Cooktown is the gateway to the Cape York Peninsula. It was Australia’s first non-Indigenous settlement when Captain James Cook crew spent 48 days here repairing damage to the Endeavour.

Old Store in Bellingen

9. Bellingen, NSW

Bellingen is a  a laid-back, tree-lined small town on Waterfall Way on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

10. York, WA

York was the first inland settlement in Western Australia, and maintains many Victorian and Federation buildings.


Any suggestions for other Australian historic towns that should be here?

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