Australia Travel: Top 10 Aussie Towns of the Year for 2021

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The results are in! We love finding out what the Wotif Aussie Town of the Year is and this year's results couldn't come at a better time for all us eager-to-travel individuals! Here at ellaslist, we're not too fussed that we can't travel internationally in 2021 (aside from NZ) because Australia is home to so many incredible destinations, and the 2021 Aussie Town of the Year and Wotif's winning destinations for 2021 proves just that.

Get ready to start packing because the Aussie Town of the Year for 2021 isn't too far from Sydney and the town in second place is right in our backyard! 

Introducing The Wotif 2021 Aussie Town of the Year Award Winners

1. Cairns, Qld 

Australia Travel - Cairns
Cairns is a world-class travel destination and definitely worth checking out.


Home to 2 World-Heritage-Listed sites (the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest of course), it's no wonder Cairns was named the Aussie Town of the Year. Yes, there's amazing scenery on offer but did you know there's also tonnes of fun stuff for the kids to do in Cairns? Worth a family holiday, we say!

2. Pokolbin, NSW

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Coming in a close second for Aussie Town of the Year is NSW's own Pokolbin. Image source: Destination NSW.


Number 2 on the list is right here in NSW, thank you very much! Pokolbin is just over 2 hours north of Sydney in the Hunter Valley and offers rolling hills, luxury accommodation and picturesque vistas.

3. Apollo Bay, Vic

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Add Apollo Bay to your family holiday itinerary.


Home of the Great Otway National Park, Apollo Bay comes in third and offers true outdoors exploration with endless beaches and walking trail, not to mention some utterly delicious produce. 

4. Mudgee, NSW

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The rolling rural landscape of Mudgee awaits! Image source: Destination NSW.


Heritage, hospitality, rolling fields, and some of the finest vineyards in the country are on offer in Mudgee. Another must-visit town that we happily claim our own, Mudgee is just 4 hours away from Sydney - not bad for a weekender!

5. Lakes Entrance, Vic

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An aerial view of the stunning waters of Lakes Entrance.


Where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean, Lakes Entrance is a water-lovers destination for water-loving families.

6. McLaren Vale, SA

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The rolling vineyards on offer in McLaren Vale.


Fancy a glass of vino? You'll find some of the best wine in the country in South Australia's McLaren Vale, which boasts over 70 fabulous cellar doors, plus 31 kilometres of pristine coastline for the kids to run free.

7. Hervey Bay, Qld

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Queensland's Hervey Bay is ranked number 7 in the Aussie Town of the Year Awards.


Another vote for Queensland, you can't go wrong when booking a family holiday in Hervey Bay. Reliable sunshine, kid's activities, plenty of swimming plus some of the best local seafood you'll ever taste is how they run things in Hervey Bay

8. Exmouth, WA

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Exmouth is the perfect holiday destination for snorkelers and adventure seekers.


Exmouth comes in at number 8 in the Aussie Town of the Year Awards and is the home of the world-famous Ningaloo Reef plus epic canyons compliments of Cape Range National Park - Exmouth really is an adventure-seekers paradise.

9. Port Macquarie, NSW

Australia Travel - Port Macquarie
Say hello to the beach kangaroos in Port Macquarie.


A buzzing city centre, foodie scene, NSW's best beaches, and home of the beloved Koala Hospital - there really is something for everyone in Port Macquarie.

10. The Entrance, NSW

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A relaxing weekend away is on the agenda at The Entrance.


Another one for NSW! Number 10 in the Aussie Town of the Year Awards goes to The Entrance in the Central Coast. The Entrance is only 1.5 hours north of Sydney and is the ideal weekend or school holidays escape for Sydney families.

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