The study was done by measuring the quantity and quality of reviews left on the website, rather than analysing visitor numbers. However this has upset many in the Gold Coast, which was not featured on the list, even though it is a popular tourist resort. The tourism chief of the Gold Coast has since expressed his disappointment, claiming that those reviewing on Trip Advisor may not be representative of all those who had actually visited.
Queensland dominates the list
Unsurprisingly, Sydney took the top spot and was followed closely by Melbourne and Brisbane, which are all destinations visited on escorted tours of Australia with Scenic Tours. The three cosmopolitan coastal cities are always strong contenders for the best destinations, with their buzzing yet laid-back atmospheres and spectacular beaches.
Other locations to feature in the prestigious list included Port Douglas, Margaret River, Cairns and Adelaide. The former managed to secure a place in the top five, and is a premier holiday destinations for foodies and nature enthusiasts alike. Its Four Mile Beach is also ranked number eight in the top ten beaches in Australia list, which is one of the many reasons the location ranked highly.
This means that two towns in Queensland were featured in the top five, helping to give well-deserved recognition to the beautiful state. Queensland regards itself as a welcoming state, treating visitors like guests and ensuring that they have a memorable experience. The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest are both easily accessible from Port Douglas, with both providing an insight into a tropical lifestyle.
Perth, Darwin and Canberra were notably absent from the list, although they still boast impressive views on the Trip Advisor website.
See TripAdvisor’s list here.
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