Travelers visit the Pillars, Mount Martha for a slice of Europe in Australia

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A slice of Greece without leaving Australia: Travelers flock to this spectacular seaside spot for the perfect weekend adventure

  • Starving Australians flock to a hidden cliff south of Melbourne
  • The Pillars, Mount Martha looks like a place along the Mediterranean coast
  • The ‘Instagram-worthy’ destination has been overcrowded with visitors since the summer
  • It is popular with swimmers, cliff jumpers and sunset photographers

Starving Australians flock to a hidden cliff overlooking the ocean that looks like a spot along the Mediterranean coast.

You might think the Pillars was a luxury European resort, but it’s actually a series of sandstone cliffs on the Mornington Peninsula 51 miles south of Melbourne.

Travelers have visited the cliffs to satisfy their thirst for adventure, while Australia’s international borders remain closed, and reopening outside of New Zealand’s trans-Tasman bubble is unlikely to happen until October at the earliest.

Popular among swimmers, cliff jumpers and photographers looking for scenic landscape shots, the ‘Instagrammable’ destination has been inundated with millennials since the start of summer.

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Starving Australians flock to a hidden cliff overlooking the ocean that looks like a spot along the Mediterranean coast

Travelers have visited the cliffs to satisfy their thirst for adventure, while Australia's international borders remain closed

Travelers have visited the cliffs to satisfy their thirst for adventure, while Australia’s international borders remain closed

The cliffs can be reached by driving to Marguerita Avenue in Mount Martha, parking a few blocks back from the beach, and walking towards Deakin Drive.

There are no signs for the Pillars, but a well-worn walking path just off Deakin Drive leads to the water.

Social media is littered with rave reviews from visitors, with many calling it one of Victoria’s ‘must see’ attractions.

“Proof that we don’t have to travel far to get a taste of Europe,” a woman wrote under an Instagram photo of the crystal clear waters.

“Glorious place,” said a second, while a third added, “Great Mediterranean vibes.”

Social media is littered with rave reviews from visitors, with many calling it one of Victoria's 'must see' attractions

Social media is littered with rave reviews from visitors, with many calling it one of Victoria’s ‘must see’ attractions

The area is popular with swimmers, cliff jumpers and photographers

The 'Instagrammable' destination has been inundated with millennials since the start of the summer

Popular among swimmers, cliff jumpers and photographers, the ‘Instagram-worthy’ destination has been inundated with millennials since the start of summer

Travelers say the pillars (photo) are 'proof we don't have to travel far to get a taste of Europe'

Travelers say the pillars (photo) are ‘proof we don’t have to travel far to get a taste of Europe’

A video uploaded to TikTok by travel blogger The Wanderlust Times shows visitors diving into the turquoise water as the sun shines on the golden rock face.

The clip, which has garnered more than 700,000 likes since it was posted online on February 28, has received hundreds of raved reactions.

However, local viewers were less impressed, with some slamming the videographer for encouraging tourists to ‘invade’ the area.

The Pillars aren’t the only breathtaking Australian attraction to attract record numbers of tourists this year.

An 'enchanting' avenue (pictured) with a yellow haze draws tourists to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales

An ‘enchanting’ avenue (pictured) with a yellow haze draws tourists to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales

Tucked down a side street in Meadow Flat, the track comes alive in the fall when the leaves of the trees turn golden

Tucked down a side street in Meadow Flat, the track comes alive in the fall when the leaves of the trees turn golden

Further north, Sydneysiders spend their weekends on an ‘enchanting’ yellow-haze avenue hidden in the Blue Mountains.

Tucked down a side street in Meadow Flat, a small town 311 miles west of Sydney CBD, the track comes to life in the fall when the leaves of the trees turn golden.

Millennials have flocked to the job to take photos to fill their Instagram feeds, while traveling abroad remains a distant dream.

Meadow Flat, a small town of 311 inhabitants 166 km west of Sydney

Meadow Flat, a small town of 311 inhabitants 166 km west of Sydney

Travel-starved millennials have flocked to the track (pictured) taking photos to fill their Instagram feeds while Australia's international borders remain closed

These photos have generated rave responses online, with many marveling at the vibrancy of Australia's landscape

Travel-starved millennials have flocked to the track (pictured) taking photos to fill their Instagram feeds while Australia’s international borders remain closed

These photos have generated rave responses online, with many marveling at the vibrancy of Australia’s landscape.

“Those colors are incredible,” wrote one woman.

“I can’t believe how beautiful this is,” said a second.

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