Surprise spot named Australia’s top town

Mandurah in Western Australia has taken out gold for the first time ever at Australia’s

Mandurah in Western Australia has taken out gold for the first time ever at Australia’s Top Tourism Town Awards.

“Mandurah, a small city on the south west coast of Western Australia, is known for its stunning waterways and coastline, internationally significant wetlands, and The Estuary and Peel Inlet are some of Australia’s most spectacular playgrounds for boating, fishing and wildlife watching,” said  Shaun de Bruyn, Chairman Australia’s Top Tourism Town Awards.

“It offers a relaxed atmosphere making it the perfect holiday destination.”

The awards are presented by the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) , the national representative body for tourism which provides leadership and representation through a national voice for tourism,  and are sponsored by Tourism Australia and Qantas. 

Winners are determined by a state and national level voting process combining people’s choice votes and an industry judging panel.  

Down in Tassie, Queenstown won Gold in the Small Tourism Town category.

“This remote West Coast town is home to a vibrant arts precinct, century-old steam train and breathtaking mountain views,” said de Bruyn.

Another Western Australian town took out the Tiny Tourism Town category.

Dwellingup, about an hour and a half south from Perth, took out top spot.

“Dwellingup is a nature playground where mountain bike and hiking trails gently wind through the Darling Scarp,” de Bruyn continued. 

The Top Tourism Town Awards focus on promoting regional tourism in Australia.

“This is the chance for our regions to really claim the spotlight. They promote not only the individual towns themselves, but also the positive impact tourism has on regional communities,” said de Bruyn.

The full list of gold, silver and bronze winners this year looked like this.

Top Tourism Town  

Gold: Mandurah, WA

Silver: Ballarat, Victoria

Bronze: Caloundra, QLD

Small Tourism Town

Gold: Queenstown, Tas

Silver: Airlie Beach, Qld

Bronze: Sorrento, Vic

Tiny Tourism Town

Gold: Dwellingup, WA

Silver: Aireys Inlet, Vic

Bronze: Huskisson, NSW

Simone Mitchell

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Simone has been a fan of travel ever since an early family holiday when she discovered chocolates had been left on her pillow in turndown service! Her favourite travel experience has been dancing with a 90-year-old grandma on a table in Crete after a long lunch. Her worst travel experience has been fainting in the street in Tokyo after enthusiastically eating a takoyaki ball that was way too hot.