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Help Choose Queensland’s Top Town for 2023

Know a hidden Queensland gem? Got a favourite town you love to visit? Nominate now for Queensland's Top Tourism Town Awards.

By 96five NetworkWednesday 22 Feb 2023TrendingReading Time: 2 minutes

From Palm Beach to Palm Cove, Queensland is filled with beautiful towns.

Presented by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), the annual Top Tourism Town Awards recognise Queensland’s diverse and outstanding regional destinations.

QTIC CEO Brett Fraser encourages all Queenslanders to get involved by throwing their support behind the state’s regional getaways and nominating their best-loved towns.

“We’re calling on tourism operators and locals to come together and unite in nominating their regional communities and showing our expert tourism judges why their destination deserves to be crowned a Top Tourism Town” Brett said.

“Over the last 12 months, Queensland has consistently topped the national charts for visitor spending. Our sunshine state is officially Australia’s favourite holiday destination and we’re looking to crown the best of the best across the state.

“Whether it’s fossil hunting in the outback, escaping to a rainforest retreat or accessing the reef from a coastal hideaway, Queensland is home to countless exceptional destinations.

There are four awards in the program, with a Top Tour Guide Award introduced as a new accolade in 2023:

  • Top Tourism Town Award – those with a population over 5,000
  • Top Small Tourism Town Award – those with a population between 1,500 – 5,000
  • Top Tiny Tourism Town Award – those with a population below 1,500
  • Top Tour Guide Award

So whether you loved the coffee, the hospitality, the activities or the scenery, it’s time to nominate your favourite Queensland town.

Last year, 35 towns were nominated, with Tamborine Mountain, Airlie Beach, and Winton taking out Top Tourism Town, Top Small Tourism Town, and Top Tiny Tourism Town respectively.

State winners will go on to represent Queensland at the national awards held later in the year. Where they have the chance to be crowned one of Australia’s Top Tourism Towns or Australia’s Top Tour Guide.

With nominations now open and closing Monday 6 March, Queenslanders have two weeks to nominate Queensland’s Top Town through the QTIC website at

Feature Image: Bundaberg, Noosa, Mount Isa & Stanthorpe