Victoria’s top tourism towns awards are celebrating the most captivating destinations our state has to offer
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17.05.2022

Victoria’s top tourism towns awards are celebrating the most captivating destinations our state has to offer

Port Fairy

Vote in the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards for a chance to win a perfect Melbourne weekend for two

If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to go for your next weekend away, look no further than the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards.

Launched last year by the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), the awards recognise towns that deliver amazing visitor experiences and are committed to growing visitation to their destination.

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The awards are decided through both a judging panel and a public online vote and become a strong indication of the winning town’s ongoing development as a fantastic tourism destination for the rest of Victoria.

Eighteen towns across the state are in the running for the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards 2022 across three categories: Top Tourism Town (population over 5,000), Top Small Tourism Town (1,500-5,000) and Top Tiny Tourism Town (under 1,500).

The finalists vying for Top Tourism Town crown this year are Bendigo, Echuca, Frankston, Lakes Entrance, Mildura, Shepparton, Werribee and of course Ballarat, the regional town that took out the title of the state’s best tourism destination at last year’s inaugural awards.

Ballarat has been crowned Victoria’s best tourism destination

The finalists for Top Small Tourism Town are Heathcote, Port Fairy, Rochester and Sorrento, while the finalists for Top Tiny Tourism Town are Aireys Inlet, Fingal, Flinders, Mount Macedon, Noojee and Timboon.

To take out the crown, finalists must demonstrate a strong commitment to encouraging tourism; offer an excellent visitor experience; and exhibit collaboration between tourism operators, local businesses and the community to make their town the best destination it can be.

The public can now vote for their favourite towns, with voting closing 9am on May 31, 2022. By voting, you can enter into the draw to win a perfect Melbourne weekend for two. The prize includes two nights’ accommodation (in a Classic room with breakfast for two at the No35 Restaurant) at the luxurious Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, two dining vouchers to some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and tickets to The LUME. Not too bad for casting a simple vote!

The towns that win in each category will represent Victoria at the Australian Top Tourism Town Awards later in the year.

You can cast your vote here