Is there a better tourist destination in Australasia than its biggest metropolis? Apparently not, according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations in Australia and South Pacific, which just named Sydney as the top travel spot for the third straight year.
While Melbourne might be the most popular domestic holiday destination, and the favourite among romantics, the Victorian capital only placed third in the list behind its NSW rival and runner-up, Queensland’s Gold Coast.
“With its scenic beaches, thriving café culture and iconic attractions, Sydney’s third consecutive win just goes to show how much of a favourite it is among our global community of travellers,” TripAdvisor Asia Pacific communications director Janice Lee Fang said.
“Our Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations recognise key cities and islands that offer an exceptional experience all year round.
“We recommend visiting during shoulder or off-peak seasons when travellers can use TripAdvisor to explore Sydney at a great price but with fewer crowds,” Lee Fang said, with TripAdvisor also recommending visitors get off the beaten path “to find a more authentic and memorable experience away from main tourist areas”.
Meanwhile, the winner of the world’s top international destination went to London, which beat Paris, Rome, Crete and Bali to the top prize.
Travellers’ Choice Destinations in Australia:
1. Sydney, New South Wales
2. Gold Coast, Queensland
3. Melbourne, Victoria
4. Brisbane, Queensland
5. Hobart, Tasmania
6. Cessnock, New South Wales
7. Port Douglas, Queensland
8. Perth, Western Australia
9. Adelaide, South Australia
10. Cairns, Queensland
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Destinations in the World:
1. London, UK
2. Paris, France
3. Rome, Italy
4. Crete, Greece
5. Bali, Indonesia
6. Phuket, Thailand
7. Barcelona, Spain
8. Istanbul, Turkey
9. Marrakech, Morocco
10. Dubai, UAE
Winners were selected using an algorithm based on reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and experiences in destinations worldwide over a 12-month period.
To check out the full list of top destinations, click here.
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