Hidden Australia — best places to get off the beaten path Down Under


The long lazy stretch of summer holidays beckons Down Under, and, given its size, Australia offers a vast variety of holiday choices. But are there experiences and destinations where you can really escape the crowds and feel like you have the entire place to yourself? 

Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher picks the best places as featured in Offbeat and Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Australia Travel List.  

Silo Art Trail Sees Grain Storage Buildings Used As Artists' Canvasses Through Wimmera MalleeEpic concrete canvas of the Silo Art Trail  in West Wimmera-Mallee © Quinn Rooney / Getty

Silo Art Trail, West Wimmera, Victoria

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The disused grain silos punctuating Victoria‘s expansive Wimmera-Mallee plains have found new life as epic concrete canvases for street artists such as Rone and Adnate. The 200km+ Silo Art Trail is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery, where talented artists have transformed giant concrete cylinders into moving, jaw-dropping works of art. 

Each piece is inspired by or echoes the town or local history in which it’s located, from sweeping depictions of Indigenous elders to gorgeous native birdlife. Be sure to detour to Murtoa’s Stick Shed, Australia’s only remaining grain stick shed boasting over 560 unmilled timber poles that keep the structure aloft and catch a sunset at Lake Tyrrell, where the night sky is reflected in the shallow waters of Victoria’s largest inland salt lake.   

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Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia 

Best for: Getting off-grid with a digital detox
Off the coast of northwestern Australia,…

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