Melbourne has beaten Sydney for the 'best city in Australia' in a new survey, however we still love a Queensland beach holiday.
Over 1,100 Australian travellers have participated in the Australian Traveller’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards survey, which has been published in the December edition of Australian Traveller magazine .
There were some surprising results this year.Take a look below!
Melbourne Wins 'Australia's Best City'
“You might say we’re swapping sunshine for sophistication,” says Australian Traveller editor Georgia Rickard. “In 2012, Sydney was voted ‘best city’, while Australia’s choice for ‘best winter holiday destination’ was Queensland. This year, both categories have been won by Melbourne.”
Lastminute.com.au, which sponsored this year’s awards, also saw a reflection of this in their latest Travel + Lifestyle Report. When Aussies were asked their preferred capital city they’d most like to visit, Melbourne emerged as the clear favourite with a huge 45 per cent of votes.
Sydney Dominates in the Culinary Stakes
Sydney has taken out the categories of both best bar - Opera bar - and best restaurant - Quay Restaurant. Plus, almost all finalists in both those categories were Sydney-based. “Considering that Melbourne has always been our culinary capital, that’s a big shift,” says Rickard.
Australia's Tastes are Changing - Dayselford wins 'Australia's Best Town'
According to Rickard, it was a surprise to see Daylesford come out on top as Australia’s best town – traditionally Australia has voted for a beachside destination such as Margaret River. “To see us moving away from beach-based breaks is huge – and a reflection of the growth we’re seeing in food tourism.”
Classic Beach Holidays & Dream Destinations
‘Queensland beach holiday’ was voted Australia’s best overall travel experience indicating a return to authentic and simple holidays. And what is our Ultimate Dream Destination? This was taken out by the Kimberley in Western Australia.
WINNERS OF THE 2013 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS
Best Travel Experience Queensland Beach Holiday
Best City Melbourne
Best Town Daylesford
Best Summer Holiday Noosa
Best Winter Holiday Melbourne
Most Romantic City Melbourne
Ultimate Dream Destination The Kimberley
Best Luxe Hotel Saffire Freycinet - Tasmania
Best Resort Qualia - Hamilton Island
Best Adventure Holiday Destination The Kimberley
Best Affordable Hotel Brand Mantra Group
Best B&B Margaret River Guest House
Best Guided Tour Experience Four-wheel-driving on Fraser Island
Best Bar Opera Bar - Sydney
Best Restaurant Quay Restaurant - Sydney
Best Airline Qantas
Best Regional Airline Regional Express
Best Campsite Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
Best Train Journey The Ghan
Best Cruise Experience The Kimberley
Do you agree with the results? What's your favourite Australian destination?