Score: 7.948

Luxe B&Bs have popped up everywhere amidst the canopy on these hills. “Heaven on a stick,” is Catriona Rowntree’s appropriate summation of the accommodations on offer. From the Balinese-style tree houses of Maleny Tropical Retreat, to Spicers Clovelly Retreat, which recalls a European estate, and numerous farm stays, there is intriguing variety to keep you coming back in the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland. You’re rarely more than half-an-hour from the beaches – Noosa, Peregian, Mooloolaba – up here, but the arboreal life is cooler, verdant and peaceful. We think it’s about time this area got some love, in fact – expect to hear more from it in future. More info: Visit Sunshine Coast

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