Palawan Province, The Philippines.

The 50 best travel finds of 2014

They've journeyed to all corners of the globe (and back again) this year to hunt out travel's treasures. Now, with 2014 near its end, it's time for Traveller's writers to name their favourite hotels, bars, gadgets, museums, metros and more in this, our first-ever Best Finds special.

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EcoRidge Hideaway is an escape from the city, just outside Toowoomba.

EcoRidge Hideaway, Toowoomba review: Weekend away

Let’s face it, there’s not a lot to do here, but therein lies the attraction – an immaculately-kept 3km walking track, stunning sunrise, the occasional wallaby, cold fridge and a stool for tired feet. It’s a pleasant change.

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B&B Wanulla has gardens galore at its doorstep.

B&B Wanulla, Toowoomba review: Weekend away

Everything from the handwritten card on arrival, the drizabone coats aside the front door and crystal port decanter with chocolates in the evening adds to the experience.

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Star turn ... admiring the scene at Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers.

Hit the bloom towns

There's no shortage of options for celebrating spring, so let the good times grow, writes Mal Chenu.

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View from Picnic Point Lookout

Toowoomba

Toowoomba (including Drayton and Highfields)
Gracious and historic city to the west of Brisbane.
There can surely be no city in Australia more dramatically located than Toowoomba. If you enter it from the south or west you get the impression that it is a rather large and pleasant city on some rather gently undulating country. If you enter it from the east it is clear that the city dangles on the edge of a plateau some 600-800 m above sea level. The Warrego Highway from Brisbane rises steeply up the escarpment and the city spreads from the edge of the escarpment to the west and south.

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