Hello! I'm not sure where I would be able to find the review. Where did you post it? I'd love to have a look.
Yes! I've been in Melbourne for my whole life now :) That's super interesting to hear that it's reminded you of locations around Aus. You're quite right in that for whatever reason Australian landscapes are only a minor influence within Short Trip.
Architecture wise, the game combines a mash-up of many style influences, ranging from traditional English cottages to Norwegian stave churches. I would say that the build materials take a higher priority when describing the styles though– I tend to idealise natural construction materials (slate, bluestone, dark hardwoods) and take great joy in their ornate combination and assembly! When referencing landscapes, I feel it would be fair to say that I'm greatly influenced by the alpine regions of Victoria and the Bogong High Plains in summer. I love the rough ground above the tree line!
I have to mention the Hakone Mountain Railway in Japan, which was one of the key influences when making this. It's a beautiful switchback railway near Fuji that weaves up through endless tunnels, forests, bridges and little towns. I couldn't recommend visiting this place enough :)