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News just in that is likely to spread heated debate across the country. Australia’s most welcoming place has just been named.

According to the 12th annual Traveller Review Awards from, Daylesford in Victoria is the friendliest place Down Under. Montville and Maleny on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast came second and third respectively.

Compiled from more than 309 million traveller reviews, the awards celebrate a record 22,411 Australian accommodation and transport providers.

The full list is:

1.       Daylesford, Victoria

2.       Montville, Queensland

3.       Maleny, Queensland

4.       Hepburn Springs, Victoria

5.       Ocean Grove, Victoria

6.       Healesville, Victoria

7.       Mount Tamborine, Queensland

8.       Margaret River, Western Australia

9.       Armidale, New South Wales

10.   Mudgee, New South Wales

“The Traveller Review Awards are our way of thanking and publicly acknowledging the top-notch service our partners provide to travellers and the critical role they play in our mission of making it easier for everyone to experience the world,” said Todd Lacey, Regional Manager for Oceania.

There was further recognition for Daylesford which came fourth in the top 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities on Earth’ list of award winners.

“With a distinct village feel, visitors (to Daylesford) are spoilt for choice with retail outlets, galleries and markets to explore,” said Brian Hood, Hepburn Shire Council Mayor.

The top 10 Most Welcoming Cities on Earth:

1.     Arraial d’Ajuda, Brazil

2.     Ermoupoli, Greece

3.     Viana do Castelo, Portugal

4.     Daylesford, Australia

5.     Grindelwald, Switzerland

6.     Moab, United States

7.     Uzès, France

8.     Mazatlán, Mexico

9.     Jaisalmer, India

10.  Fujikawaguchiko, Japan