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Australia votes Sydney best city, Margaret River best town

December 5, 2012, 12:00 amYahoo!7

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Australia votes Sydney best city, Margaret River best town
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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 Winners

AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE CITY

Sydney, NSW

FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
A Weekend In

Sydney, NSW

BEST TOWN IN AUSTRALIA

Margaret River, WA

BEST RESTAURANT IN AUSTRALIA
Quay,

Sydney, NSW

BEST BAR IN AUSTRALIA
Opera Bar,

Sydney, NSW

MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATION IN AUSTRALIA

Whitsundays, QLD

AUSTRALIA’S DREAM DESTINATION

The Kimberley, WA

FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN SUMMER DESTINATION

Gold Coast, QLD

AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE WINTER DESTINATION

Queensland

BEST RESORT IN AUSTRALIA

qualia, Hamilton Island, QLD

BEST LUXURY HOTEL IN AUSTRALIA

Crown Hotels Melbourne, VIC

BEST ADVENTURE HOLIDAY DESTINATION IN AUSTRALIA

The Kimberley, WA

BEST PUB IN AUSTRALIA

Daly Waters Pub, NT

BEST GUIDED TOUR IN AUSTRALIA
BridgeClimb,

Sydney, NSW

BEST CRUISE/YACHTING EXPERIENCE IN AUSTRALIA

Bareboating in the Whitsunday Islands, QLD

BEST TRAIN JOURNEY IN AUSTRALIA

The Ghan

BEST MAJOR AIRLINE IN AUSTRALIA

Qantas

BEST REGIONAL AIRLINE IN AUSTRALIA

QantasLink

BEST AFFORDABLE HOTEL BRAND IN AUSTRALIA

Ibis

BEST B&B IN AUSTRALIA

Glass on Glasshouse, QLD

BEST CARAVAN PARK OR CAMPSITE IN AUSTRALIA

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, QLD

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  1. Roger G10:01am Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Can't understand why the Gold Coast would come in as a favorite summer holiday place. It is not so bad down around Coolangatta or just over the border in Northern New South Wales but the rest of the so called gold coast is a dump. The Sunshine coast is a much greater and nicer place to live and holiday than the gold coast could ever be.

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  2. don10:49pm Sunday 09th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Just returned from a stink in Europe, Australia wake up,accommodation overpriced by 100%, food more expensive and lesser quality, No wonder our tourism is suffering, and who did these ratings, some upper snob. Who can afford to eat and drink at these places, This article is a joke right.

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  3. Liz10:12am Sunday 09th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ok, so Sydney wins out over everywhere else. I'd like to know how these conclusions are considered? Where is Canberra in this lot? Canberra may not be the most exciting city in Australia, but it is the capital and, Canberra has to be the most livable city there is and is the showcase of many tourist attractions. Give me Canberra over all other cities, although I really like Melbourne, so cosmopolitan.

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  4. Ace10:15am Saturday 08th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sydney is a HELL HOLE...will never return there.....yukkk!!!

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  5. Gobbledygook06:31pm Friday 07th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    australia is an overpriced hole (so you say 'get out'? i am)

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  6. 12:44am Friday 07th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sydney.... haha. I am surprised anyone could actually review the place.... the traffic is horrendous, service is non existent and the prices of accommodation is outrageous. What happened to Perth? Still, it has to be better than China where I'm living at the moment. No matter where you like in Australia, there's no country in the World like Australia. Its a jewel and we should all be proud of it!

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  7. Gunay10:02pm Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What Sydney ? ha ha ha I live in sydney but vote #1 for Melbourne. I think they forgot to consider the people of Sydney and the living costs ,traffic and so on... Sydney is not just about the harbour beaches and #$%$ restaurants off course it's totally wrong place . Obviously judges must live in their own dream world.

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  8. KGB09:16pm Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Of course Sydney is the best capital city in Australia. It shows that this survey nonsense is absolute rubbish! If any city was to give Sydney a run for its money it would be Cairns, Qld or something of similar liveability. I suppose Melbourne is given a win from time to time to give all those losers living there a false sense of contentment.

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  9. Martine B08:45pm Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Holly #$%$ Not to mention the populace, and the weather.

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  10. NIck05:00pm Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    But Sydney is very expensive with exceptional poor service.

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