Score: 8.11

There goes ACT’s monopoly on this area, the beaches and towns from Bermagui to Eden along the coast. A great confluence of ocean currents brings fish flapping in here, so you can get them by hook or from the fish ‘n’ chip shop cook. Lakes and lagoons will have you up on your paddle boards, or dreamily kayaking, and lazing around afterwards in your little rented cottage. “I should be the PR girl for this region,” reflects Catriona Rowntree. “I adore it. I found it late in life, but would be happy to take my family for holidays there forevermore.” More info: Sapphire Coast

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