Victorian Towns Shine At Tourism Awards

Vic Department of Transport

The best of regional Victoria has been recognised at this year’s Top Tourism Town Awards, celebrating some of the state’s most attractive tourist destinations.

The awards held in Healesville, showcased the 18 finalists from Victoria, recognising the value tourism brings to country towns and communities across Australia. The awards showcase the diversity of regional destinations across the nation.

Accolades were handed to nine towns across the state with Bendigo, Port Fairy and Mount Macedon winning gold in their respective categories, while Echuca, Sorrento and Timboon won silver and Heathcote, Frankston and Noojee were awarded bronze.

Selected for their commitment to encourage and support tourism, towns are recognised for their visitor offerings and ability to collaborate with tourism operators, local businesses and the wider community to deliver unique experiences.

The Top Tourism Awards are presented in three categories:

  • Tiny Tourism Town awarded to towns with less than 1500 people
  • Small Tourism Town awarded to those with 1500 to 5000 people
  • Top Tourism Town awarded to towns with over 5000 people

Judged on written submission, consumer review and public vote, this year’s finalists stretch the breadth of the state from Mildura and Bendigo to Shepparton and Lakes Entrance. Winners will represent Victoria later this year at the Australian Top Tourism Town Awards.

Regional tourism plays a crucial role in creating jobs, supporting our thriving regions and strengthening communities, which is why we remain committed to safely connecting Victorians to all of our beautiful towns and destinations.

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