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TripAdvisorSydney and Melbourne went head to head again in the battle of the big state capitals. But this year, there was also a real battle down the list between the Gold Coast… and wait for it, Cessnock.
TripAdvisor Sydney and Melbourne went head to head again in the battle of the big state capitals. But this year, there was also a real battle down the list between the Gold Coast… and wait for it, Cessnock.
While Sydney came through at number one (no surprise) and Melbourne close behind (we’re sure they’re quietly seething into their macchiatos), it was the absence of the Gold Coast in the Top 10 that got everyone talking.
Cessnock, the quiet country town at the gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region received tenth place. The lsit measures the quantity and quality of reviews on the TripAdvisor site.
We spoke to the Mayor of Cessnock, Councillor Bob Pynsent, who told us he was delighted with the result.
“I think it’s brilliant that Cessnock has been recognised. We have a real diversity of products and we appeal to people that want to get out of the cities and chill out.”
The proximity to the Hunter Valley vineyards is certainly the calling card of the area but Cr Pynsent says there’s more to Cessnock than just wine.
“We have a rural ambiance in the area as well as world-class experiences, like hot air ballooning, golf courses and sports grounds that have caught the attention of the world when we hosted soccer matches during the recent Asian Cup.”
This coincides with recent reports of regional tourism booming with travellers looking for more authentic experiences.
“We are so conscious of customer service, which is something you want when you visit the country,” said Cr Pynsent. „That’s why we get so many return visitors.”
TRIPADVISOR’S TOP 10 OZ DESTINATIONS:
1. Sydney 2. Melbourne 3. Brisbane 4. Cairns 5. Port Douglas 6. Hobart 7. Margaret River 8. Noosa 9. Adelaide 10. Cessnock
Source: Daily Telegraph