Australia is home to many destinations that satisfy a creative mind. Whether it’s art, culture or a bohemian lifestyle you’re after, check out these alternative spots while you’re in Australia.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is Australia’s quintessential bohemian art town, and a popular tourist destination to boot. Famous for its surfing, beaches and haute-boho lifestyle, Byron Bay is a must if you’re seeking a laid-back vibe. Located in New South Wales, 770 kilometres North of Sydney and 165 kilometres south of Brisbane, Byron is a popular weekend retreat from the hustle and bustle of these two state capitals.

Byron Bay is Australia’s quintessential bohemian art town.


Kuranda is a mountain village located in north Queensland, an hour inland from Cairns. Situated amongst UNESCO World Heritage listed rainforest, it is full of art, indigenous culture and epic scenery. This village in the rainforest is world famous for its two markets: the Original Markets and the Heritage Markets. Both are open throughout the year, with stalls offering a wide range of Aboriginal artefacts, handmade leather goods, wood and jewellery.


Yamba is all bout stylish village charm, stunning beaches and tons of outdoor recreation. There is a popular open-air market showcasing the creations of the community. While the beach side boho vibe makes it one of the most laid-back places in the country. Only a couple hours south of Brisbane, Yamba is a convenient city escape for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers or anyone seeking a bit of solace.




Nimbin is a town like no other in Australia. It is the alternative lifestyle capital of the country, where almost anything goes. Once a farming community, today Nimbin is a hippy haven, featuring unique murals, psychedelic facades and colourful local characters. All of which is surrounded by beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed rainforest.

Nimbin is a town like no other in Australia.


Noosa is perhaps Australia’s most fashionable and salubrious surf town with its designer boutiques, swanky restaurants, canal-side villas and subtropical rainforest. The yoga culture, surfing and boho-chic offer an alternative side to this Queensland gem, ensuring its not just a place for the rich and famous to rub shoulders. The town itself is divided into three main areas: upmarket Noosa Heads, relaxed Noosaville and the administrative centre of Noosa Junction.


Victoria’s Torquay is a seaside town at the east end of the Great Ocean Road that fuses traditional Australian colonial charm with a bustling port and sandy beaches. Surfing and the bohemian lifestyle that comes with it is indelibly linked to the town. Not only is home of the famous Bells Beach, it’s the birthplace of iconic surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver.

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