Go down under...to Switzerland. That’s right, few may know it, but you can get a taste of Switzerland in northern Tasmania. Built in the 1980s, all of the houses in Grindelwald Swiss Village are built in Swiss style (think pitched roofs, shutters, flower boxes and fountains).
Its lakeside setting provides hours of entertainment, including canoeing and aqua bike rentals. Golfers can practice their swing on the 10-hole public golf course, and if you're traveling with kids, the 18-hole, par 54 mini-golf course might be an entertaining choice. Shoppers can wander in and out of craft and gift shops, clothing stores and a number of specialty boutiques, including a chocolatier.
Grindelwald is a 15-minute drive north of Launceston in the Tamar Valley. The village is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.