Hervey Bay, Maryborough named in top 50 small towns
IN A win for the Fraser Coast region, both Hervey Bay and Maryborough have made it into the Travel Treks Top 50 list of small towns in Australia.
Online travel specialists discountmyflights.com have been running a month-long contest to find the most irresistible, exotic, historic and postcard-worthy small towns in Australia.
The organisation searched all of Australia's nooks and crannies for the most alluring towns, rich in culture, mouthwatering eats, local wines, World Heritage Sites, picture-perfect scenery, funky shops and tree-lined streets and short-listed just 50 towns from the hundreds of nominations.
Primarily aimed at encouraging the overseas visitors to explore our country's hidden gems, Hervey Bay and Maryborough made it onto the list, which includes Aussie icons such as Esperance, Mackay, Katherine and Longreach.
Fraser Coast Regional councillor, who hold the tourism portfolio, Stuart Taylor, was pleased to hear that both Hervey Bay and Maryborough had made the list.
"This is welcome news, our recent campaigns have reinforced our natural encounters, so it's nice to hear that the message is going even further afield.
"Independent lists like this that reach international markets spread the word that the Fraser Coast is full of surprises and well worth a visit if you want to experience that authentic Australian lifestyle.
"Experiential Tourism is growing worldwide, so being identified as a town or region that typifies the best of Australia is a very positive step for us," said Cr Taylor.
The full list of the Top 50 includes:
QUEENSLAND: Ipswich; Laidley; Longreach; Yungaburra; Ingham; Cloncurry; Mackay; Kalpowar; Hervey Bay; Maryborough; Eulo; Cunnamulla.
NEW SOUTH WALES: Lithgow; Narooma; Coonabarabran;| Dorrigo; Orange; Leura; Cobar; Blayney; Brunswick Heads; Peak Hill; Tenterfield; Blacktown; Camden; Narromine; Dubbo; Albury.
VICTORIA: Harrow; Avoca; Tarnagulla; Shepparton; Mooroopna; Tatura; Murchison; Dookie; Sea Lake; Dinner Plain; Mildura; Swan Hill; Halls Gap; Ballarat.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Kangaroo Island; Cleve; Stirling, Adelaide Hills; Clare; Victor Harbor; Mount Barker; Hahndorf; McLaren Vale; Penola; Coonawarra; Mount Gambier; Robe; Naracoorte.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Mandurah; Dalwallinu; Green Head; Leeman; Esperance.
TASMANIA: Stanley; Sorell; Beauty Point.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Katherine.
For more details on the list, visit discountmyflights.com.au/traveltreks/australias-top-50-small-towns.