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Gold Coast, Australia

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More Americans are joining A-list Aussies in this beachside Queensland city, thanks in part to Qantas’s new daily nonstop from Dallas to nearby Brisbane. Tap into the scene at star chef Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill at the buzzy Hilton Surfers Paradise ($$) and the new Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat ($$$$), a wellness resort co-owned by actor Hugh Jackman.

Hottest Travel Destinations of 2013

Gold Coast, Australia

More Americans are joining A-list Aussies in this beachside Queensland city, thanks in part to Qantas’s new daily nonstop from Dallas to nearby Brisbane. Tap into the scene at star chef Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill at the buzzy Hilton Surfers Paradise ($$) and the new Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat ($$$$), a wellness resort co-owned by actor Hugh Jackman.

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Hottest Travel Destinations of 2013

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