Domestic travel site Wotif has announced the winners of the 2021 Aussie Town of the Year Awards. While Cairns took the top spot, McLaren Vale ranked sixth on the holiday hot spot list.
“Cheesemaking, wine blending, a Shiraz trail, 31 kilometers of pristine coastline and over 70 cellar doors, just 40 minutes outside of Adelaide,” is how the awards describe the SA region. “The toughest decision will be where to start!”
Wotif Managing Director, Daniel Finch, says Cairns got the top spot because of its outdoors activities.
“Not only is it the gateway to one of Australia’s most treasured natural beauties – the Great Barrier Reef, but the city itself offers the ideal laid-back tropical lifestyle,” he says.
Now in its fourth year, the annual Wotif Aussie tourism awards recognise some of the country’s best destinations for the year ahead to encourage Aussies to hit the road and see more of their own backyard. Almost one year on from the country’s first lockdown and as tourism operators continue to navigate through one of the most critical times for the industry, Wotif hopes to encourage Aussies to consider how worthwhile a local trip can be.
“While the last 12 months have been less than ideal, this time has given Aussies the chance to revaluate how they live, work and play,” Finch says.
“While an overseas getaway will always have its purpose and appeal, many Aussies do not realise the unique opportunity they have in front of them – to take advantage of having this enormous playground called Australia, all to themselves.”
The list is as follows:
- Cairns, QLD
- Pokolbin, NSW
- Apollo Bay, VIC
- Mudgee, NSW
- Lakes Entrance, VIC
- McLaren Vale, SA
- Hervey Bay, QLD
- Exmouth, WA
- Port Macquarie, NSW
- The Entrance, NSW