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The 2020 Aussie Town of the Year Winners Are Here To Inspire Your Next Weekender

Need some inspiration for your next Australian getaway? Well, after reading our definitive guide to the country’s best road trips, you might also want to consider these feted Aussie towns.

Travel site Wotif has just announced the winners of its 2020 Aussie Town of the Year awards. The ten triumphant towns were decided using data that tracks affordability, well-rated accommodation options and trending interest from travellers on Wotif.

The 2020 results come at a resurgent moment for domestic travel. Wotif’s research shows Australians are especially keen to explore Australia this year compared to 2019. After a nightmare summer of drought and bushfires, there’s a strong push for travellers to get back on the road.

NSW leads the list in 2020, with Coffs Harbour named the No. 1 Aussie town. The home of the Big Banana (one of Australia’s premier Big Things) also boasts a laidback coastal lifestyle and picture-perfect beaches. Coffs is about five hours north of Sydney by car.

Mackay, on Queensland’s lush Coral Sea coast, takes the No. 2 spot. (See the article image above for its sweeping Lamberts Lookout.) It’s followed at No. 3 by another Queensland gem, Airlie Beach. From Airlie Beach, you can explore The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef.

Victoria has one entry: previous top Aussie town winner Port Fairy, which sits on the doorstep of the Great Ocean Road. Two towns in WA – the cab sav capital of Margaret River and the historic Albany – are also on travellers’ hit lists.

Time to get planning.

Wotif’s 2020 Aussie Town of the Year winners:

1. Coffs Harbour, NSW
2. Mackay, QLD
3. Airlie Beach, QLD
4. Batemans Bay, NSW
5. Cairns, QLD
6. Port Fairy, VIC
7. Albany, WA
8. Katoomba, NSW
9. Margaret River, WA
10. Maroochydore, QLD

(Lead Image: Lamberts Lookout, Mackay / Wotif)