Sydney was crowned Australia’s Favourite City and Margaret River the Best Town in the second annual Australian Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards, held yesterday.
Sydney swooped in taking the crown as Australia’s Favourite City from last year’s winner, Melbourne – by a single vote.
“Judging by the startling number of Sydney award winners (five in total), it’s the city’s buzzing cosmopolitan delights that are clearly appealing to travellers,” said Georgia Rickard, editor of Australian Traveller magazine.
“It’s not just about the picture-perfect beaches and harbour attractions. We are increasingly seeing Sydney’s hatted restaurants push culinary expectations, luxury hotels gain world-wide acclaim, and chic hidden bars popping-up all over the city,” said Rickard.
Queensland was the highest-winning state, taking out a staggering seven awards with New South Wales hotly on its heels with five.
Western Australia also received several awards. Margaret River, Australia’s capital of wine and waves, won Best Town for the second consecutive year. Readers lauded its quality restaurants, wineries, art galleries, farm gates and boutique accommodation, not to mention “awesome surf.” The Kimberley, a destination on most people’s bucket list, took out two gongs: Australia’s Dream Destination and Best Adventure Holiday Destination in Australia.
The Readers’ Choice Awards are the only consumer awards for tourism in Australia. Over 1000 Australian Traveller magazine readers nominated their all-time favourite travel destinations and experiences throughout the country in a survey comprising 22 categories conducted by the magazine over the past four months.
Australian Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards WinnersAUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE CITY
Sydney, NSWFAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
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Sydney, NSWBEST TOWN IN AUSTRALIA
Margaret River, WABEST RESTAURANT IN AUSTRALIA
Sydney, NSWBEST BAR IN AUSTRALIA
Sydney, NSWMOST ROMANTIC DESTINATION IN AUSTRALIA
Whitsundays, QLDAUSTRALIA’S DREAM DESTINATION
The Kimberley, WAFAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN SUMMER DESTINATION
Gold Coast, QLDAUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE WINTER DESTINATION
QueenslandBEST RESORT IN AUSTRALIA
qualia, Hamilton Island, QLDBEST LUXURY HOTEL IN AUSTRALIA
Crown Hotels Melbourne, VICBEST ADVENTURE HOLIDAY DESTINATION IN AUSTRALIA
The Kimberley, WABEST PUB IN AUSTRALIA
Daly Waters Pub, NTBEST GUIDED TOUR IN AUSTRALIA
Sydney, NSWBEST CRUISE/YACHTING EXPERIENCE IN AUSTRALIA
Bareboating in the Whitsunday Islands, QLDBEST TRAIN JOURNEY IN AUSTRALIA
The GhanBEST MAJOR AIRLINE IN AUSTRALIA
QantasBEST REGIONAL AIRLINE IN AUSTRALIA
QantasLinkBEST AFFORDABLE HOTEL BRAND IN AUSTRALIA
IbisBEST B&B IN AUSTRALIA
Glass on Glasshouse, QLDBEST CARAVAN PARK OR CAMPSITE IN AUSTRALIA
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, QLD