Australia Votes SYDNEY Best City
Margaret River Awarded Best Town In Australia
At the second annual Australian Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards, held Tuesday 4 December, Sydney was crowned Australia’s Favourite City and Margaret River the Best Town in Australia. The event was held at Ivy, Sydney, amongst 200 Australian travel and leisure industry peers.
“Being voted by travellers themselves, the survey results are an accurate mark of what Australians recognise as the best adventures and destinations, and which leisure operators are excelling in their field. It’s also an indication of domestic travel trends for 2013,” says Georgia Rickard, editor of Australian Traveller magazine.
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,” continues Rickard.
“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. ”
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.
The full list of award winners and runners-up, plus explanations, and the top travel trends for 2013 is published in the summer edition of Australian Traveller magazine, on sale Wednesday 5 December. They can also be found at www.australiantraveller.com