Score: 8.01

In 2010, Australian Traveller dubbed Strahan ‘Australia’s Most Interesting Town’ for its convict, political and environmental history;­ and the electric currents of argument and outrage still crackle. But honestly, that’s just a side note in the list of reasons to come to Strahan. Sitting on the west coast of Tasmania, with a population of 637, the tiny town is definitely, incredibly, gobsmackingly – unfairly, even – beautiful; a chocolate-box melange of picture-perfect federation façades and quaint bobbing boats set upon the ridiculously huge Macquarie Harbour. Virginal rainforests, crisp air, river cruises, fantastic locals and the sheer blackness of the water of the Gordon River – Tasmania’s south west is one of the world’s wildest spots, and it’d be a crime to come to to the Apple Isle and not visit it. More info: Discover Tasmania

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