This was a particularly tough category, but such is the sheer number of excellent cosy hideaways about our nation. Dozens of Victorian towns were nominated, particularly those around the Great Ocean Road and Dandenong Ranges, while NSW’s Blue Mountains garnered several nominations for towns Katoomba, Blackheath and Leura.

Brisbane hinterland town Stanthorpe was another local favourite, but none of those places came anywhere near our very pretty winner, the deserving Daylesford. Winter fires, fantastic restaurants and a slew of beautiful stays – not to mention all those mineral spas – who can argue with that? Do find time to stop for lunch and a wander at nearby Lavandula Lavender Farm – the $4 entry fee is well worth it.

Runners-Up: Cosiest Town

2. Margaret River, WA
3. Bright, Vic
4. Leura, NSW
5. Stanthorpe, Qld

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