05/12/2012 - 15:31

Australia's best town is still down south

05/12/2012 - 15:31

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Margaret River has been named Australia's favourite town for the second consecutive year.

The down south getaway was voted Australia’s best town at the Australian Traveller magazine’s reader’s choice awards last night on the back of its restaurants, wineries, galleries and surf.

Augusta-Margaret River Tourism Association chief executive Simon Ambrose said the region was a world class tourism destination, and the entire region from Busselton to Augusta can be proud of the achievement.

“We are delighted that the readers of Australian Traveller cherish Margaret River as much as we do – the region offers such a diversity of experiences, from world class food and wine, adventure activities, to pristine beaches and stunning natural attractions,” Mr Ambrose said.

WA picked up two more awards last night, with The Kimberley region winning the title of Australia's dream destination and best adventure holiday destination.

Sydney was named the nation's favourite city, beating its rival Melbourne by a solitary vote.

The harbour city won five gongs, including best travel experience, best restaurant, best bar and best guided tour.

Melbourne, winner of Australia's favourite city in the 2011 contest, only picked up one award this year - that of best luxury hotel in Australia, for the Crown.

More than 1000 readers of the magazine completed the survey to nominate their favourite Australian places.

Queensland was the highest-winning state overall, with seven awards.

Georgia Rickard, editor of Australian Traveller magazine, said the results highlighted 2013's domestic travel trends.

"Judging by the startling number of Sydney award winners, it's the city's buzzing cosmopolitan delights that are clearly appealing to travellers," she added.

The second annual Australian Traveller readers' choice awards were held at The Ivy, Sydney.

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