Score: 7.89

Ah, Rotto – she’s a little bit heritage, a little bit rock n’ roll, isn’t she? A gorgeous little island, just 19 kilometres off the coast of Perth, she’s (unfortunately) far too close to civilisation to maintain the exoticism that islands with half her looks, but twice her location get to enjoy – but no matter. Rotto has a magic all of her own, with looks to match (just look at that picture). Come for a weekend and cycle along salt-bush-scented, sun-bleached trails to remote beaches and bays that invite snorkelling and picnics. Stay in heritage cottages, renovated to provide great family accommodation. Let your hair down at the Hotel Rottnest, dancing to bands as different as Icehouse and Tame Impala, or slouch into film nights in the hall. There’s plenty to do here, all tinged with that lovely laidback feel of a WA beach holiday. More info: Rottnest Island

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