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Far North Queensland, Australia
Why Go Now: No, the surf-and-turf dives and bush food–themed tourist joints haven’t been replaced by haute cafés. But a culinary flux is under way in Far North Queensland.
The Details: At Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat (doubles from $230), nine wooden tree houses are scattered at the edge of Wooroonooran National Park. In Palm Cove, Sebel Reef House & Spa (doubles from $409) has 69 rooms with oversize windows that look out on the Coral Sea. At Rusty’s Market, in downtown Cairns, stalls are piled with ruby-red lychees, hairy rambutans, and spiky durian. The Vannella Cheese Factory sells a legendary bufalina, a tiny buffalo mozzarella made by owner Vito Minoia and his son Giuseppe. Try it atop a wood-fired pizza at Piccolo Cucina (dinner for two $76).
T+L Tip: This is coffee country: Book a tour of Skybury Coffee Plantation (tours $18), one of the larger plantations in the