AWARD WINNING: Heather Knight, Gabby Shaw, Deb Brown, Shelby Rowe and James Spicer with the Best Visitor Destination and Best Destination awards. Photo: Kathryn Cygan
AWARD WINNING: Heather Knight, Gabby Shaw, Deb Brown, Shelby Rowe and James Spicer with the Best Visitor Destination and Best Destination awards. Photo: Kathryn Cygan

Whitsundays is the best in Aust

AIRLIE Beach has received the Golden Backpacker Award for the Best Destination in Australia and Best Visitor Attraction award for the second year running.

The awards were accepted by Deb and Tony Brown of True Blue Sailing, who attended the awards night in Sydney.

Ms Brown said it was a delight to live and work in the Whitsundays.

"We feel privileged to be voted the best, as Australia is full of beautiful locations, not just in Queensland," she said.

"It was voted by the people, so the Whitsundays must be doing something right to win it a second year running."

Gabby Shaw from Whitsunday Sailing Adventures was also proud to call the Whitsundays home.

"The region sells itself, we just provide the transport," she said.

Trip advising website Trivago have also revealed that Airlie Beach is among the best rated destinations for online hotel reputation in Queensland, with hotels rated at an average of 81.63.

It also ranks well across the state, placing 29th in Queensland.

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort was also rated best hotel in Airlie Beach, with a rating of 93.17, ranking 16th in Queensland and 39th in the whole of Australia.

Tanya Cran of BIG4 said the hard work from the team at the resort stemmed from its passionate owners, the McKinnon family, who have owned and operated the resort for the past 22 years.

"We feel very honoured to have received this award for being the number one hotel in Airlie Beach and so well placed in both Queensland and Australia, through Trivago guests," she said.

Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited General Manager of Tourism, Rebecca Nicol said these awards showed how well the Whitsunday brand was being received nationally and internationally, through a combined effort from all.

"Hats off to all the businesses here who have helped make the Whitsundays the best destination," she said.

"Thanks to our local tourism operators, transfers and transport, the airport operators and of course, all the retail and hospitality businesses that help create the Whistundays image."

Ms Nicol said WMDL looked forward to growing the Whitsunday brand further, and would continue to strive for excellence.

For more information on Whitsunday accommodation ratings visit trivago.com.au.


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