Score: 8.29

New South Wales has Byron Bay, Queensland has Noosa; but this pretty seaside spot, famous not only for its beaches and surf but its prime position on the Great Ocean Road, has a magic of its own. Make a point to explore the nearby rainforest, filled with lush green walking tracks and the cascading Erskine Falls before retiring with a coffee at one of many cute cafés.

Local’s tips: stay on 50 acres at Allenvale, a collection of beautiful little beach cottages, three minutes from town. Great in winter, too. From $215 a night.

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