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  • Terence patrick Shanley says:

    1 port fairy, 2 port douglas, 3 kiama, 4 nelson bay, 5 merimbula

  • David says:

    Noosaville, Qld
    Montville, Qld
    Sasafras, Vic
    Corowa, NSW
    Lennox Head, NSW

  • Elizabeth shepherd says:

    Berrima, great cafes. Huskisson, great beach and cafes and pub. Berry great shopping. Coles bay for the scenery. Miena for trout fishing and the chowder at the pub

  • Geoff Brennan says:

    Best towns:
    1 Port Fairy, Victoria
    2 Forster, NSW
    3 Charters Towers, Qld
    4 Burleigh Heads, Qld
    5 Hervey Bay, Qld

  • Peta Weber says:

    1) Forster NSW
    2) Mogo NSW
    3) Lightning Ridge NSW
    4) Sheffield TAS
    5) Mudgee NSW

  • Karen Lilley says:

    Without a doubt, TEMORA NSW. Definitely the friendliest town with locals smiling at and welcoming all visitors. Lots to do. Wide streets and historic buildings. An all round great regional town

  • Bruce Jackson says:

    Cowra is a great place to base yourself for a tourist to explore the slopes just west of the Great Dividing Range.

  • Emma says:

    Harrietville, Victoria

  • Graham Leslie Badrock says:

    Bright Victoria
    Hervey Bay
    St George
    Lightening Ridge

  • Jenny Chatterton says:

    Best town in Victoria swifts creek has awesome bakery isn’t rushed not overcrowded and on the way to snow mountains nature

  • wendy cooke says:

    Boonah in the Scenic Rim is the most completely adorable little town. The main street runs down a hill and is one-way traffic only, so you can walk across anywhere without fear, it’s like being in a long Plaza. There are great cafes and bakeries and quite a few two storey pubs. There is no Woolworths, Coles, Maccas, Hungry Jacks or any other franchised fast food outlets. There’s a great clothing emporium which looks like it hasn’t changed since the 1950’s, a well-stocked bright independent grocer and a fruit and vege shop where most of the produce is locally grown, as well as a good display of home-made cakes, pickles etc. The Vinnies is the best one I’ve ever seen and I do like my op-shops. The mountains surrounding are an unbelievable sight. The folks walking down the street are moving slow and constantly stopping to chat. Check it out, it’s worth the drive.

  • Harriet says:

    Port Douglas
    Mission Beach

  • Grace Allen says:

    Temora. Hands down.

  • Kate Henderson says:

    Kiama, Jamberoo, Berry, Thirroul, Byron Bay

  • Sue Shannon says:

    Geelong it has everything close to the ocean set on Corio Bay .Great health facilities large private and public hospitals. A thriving restaurant scene . High quality of education facilities from primary through to university. A multi cultural community. Excellent sporting infrastructure for a cross a range of sports . Employment opportunities.

  • Pam Grosse says:

    Kiama is the quintessential small coastal town. We have it all… beaches, views, whales, fishing, walks and a big blowhole!❤️

  • Crundall Elizabeth says:

    Yamba is THE best

  • Cecily Colloby says:

    Castlemaine is the best Aussie town….I had a very happy childhood there.

  • Sharyn Bird says:

    In my opinion Yamba NSW would be the best town. Wouldn’t live anywhere else.

  • Paula Krahe says:

    Fabulous one day, sensational the next

  • Karlie Krahe says:

    I love Yamba

  • Peter Krahe says:

    We love Yamba

  • Iris Mannik says:

    Beechworth in North East Victoria, one of the best preserved historic gold towns with nearly 170 years of preservation. Its wide streets, its beautifully buildings, its museums, its food and wine, its wonderful shops and restaurants, its walks, and its lake in the centre of town with the Chinese, native botanical, wood glades gardens, the Mountain to the Murray Bike trail. Close to the snow fields, national parks, mining history, and Albury/Wodonga Airport.

  • Brian Cornish says:

    Beechworth is number 1 for its history, heritage, many walking and cycling tracks, dining and many tourist attractions

  • Robyn Warren says:

    Beechworth interesting beautiful friendly unique. Historicical

  • Lawrence Wei says:

    Esperance, Coral Bay, Broome

  • Marie-Anne Pursell says:

    I was born and bred in a small town in far North Queensland called Tully.

    Tully is known for its high rain fall and it’s Golden Gumboot. It’s a small town surrounded by mountains. Every shade of green you can possibly imagine radiates from the lush surround.

    The home of some great swimming holes, 25 minutes from the coast, the Great Barrier Reef on its door step.

    Friendly locals up for a chat at the numerous watering holes in the Main Street.

    A must for your bucket list!

  • Sharon says:

    My very first time I visited Beechworth Victoria was when I was going through some emotional stuff in my life. I remember making a photo album on Beechworth and the title was My Happy place. Today I still visit this happy place, Beechworth. Just walking around some of the streets de- stresses my body & the actual smell of crisp fresh air enlightens my way of thinking. The prettiest time is all year. Because every season is so pretty here. Mind you some don’t like the winter. The summer can be really hot, but for me and most that do live here life seems slower. Making it easier to live. Some residents go away for three months in winter where it is warmer. But that three months probably feels like six or more. Because honestly when you see & visit Beechworth it’s a place that just gives you warmth and that feeling of happiness. My Happy Place- Beechworth Victoria

  • Samantha Lovejoy says:

    Ulmarra – riverside, small village feel with creative industry shops and the best pub beer garden
    Broken Hill – embraces the arts, great architecture

  • Kerryn Batson says:

    I think Portland in Victoria is my favourite town/city in Australia, but i’m very biased. It’s a popular coastal region and the population swells to double in Summer. It’s photogenic and even the Whales love passing through that way.

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  • Kim Cole says:

    Ettalong Beach is nestled between 2 stunning national parks and there is amazing waterways fantastic restaurants, and there are so much more to see you and do you will leave visiting Ettalng wanting not to leave

  • Lily Welch says:

    Long Jetty, NSW
    Ettalong, NSW
    Terrigal, NSW
    Toowoon Bay, NSW
    Palm Cove, QLD

  • Felicity jones says:

    Central coast

  • Fran Ali says:


  • James Norton says:

    Port Fairy – small but puches way above its’ weight. Bowls Club, Swimming Pool, Gym, Library, Hospital, Movie Theatre, pubs, restaurants, supermarket, Football, Netball, Cricket Clubs, Bridge Club, Table Tennis Club, History, Old buildings, Surf and non surf beaches, Norfolk Pines, Flat and wide streets, dog friendly……

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