Melbourne Wins Australia's Best City

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.”, 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. 


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? 


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