Tamborine Mountain named Queensland’s top tourism town

A quaint village tucked away in the hinterland has been recognised for all of its hidden beauty, taking out the top gong in the Queensland Top Tourism Town Awards.

Tamborine Mountain has been named the sunshine state’s top tourism town, beating out six other destinations including Bowen, Bundaberg, Charters Towers, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Yeppoon for the honour.

Airlie Beach claimed the top small tourism town, while Winton took out the top tiny tourism town category.


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“These regional gems demonstrate that you don’t have to travel far in our state to explore incredible sights,” Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Brett Fraser said.

“From historical outback Winton to rainforest and coastal retreats in Tamborine Mountain and Airlie Beach, these leaders in tourism demonstrate why our state flourishes as a must-see destination for holidaymakers.”

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Top Tourism Town Awards “recognised regional destinations delivering world-class visitor experiences”.

“These awards have always celebrated the diversity of visitor experiences that only Queensland has,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Whether it’s a gourmet adventure on Tamborine Mountain, snorkeling at Airlie Beach, or walking with dinosaurs at Winton, the Top Tourism Towns of 2022 show Queensland is the place to be.

“Domestic tourism is bouncing back from the pandemic with Queenslanders rediscovering their own backyard and interstate visitors realising nothing beats a Queensland holiday.”

All three award-winning Queensland destinations have now gained automatic entry to the national Top Tourism Town Awards held later in the year, where they will have the chance to be crowned the best holiday towns in Australia.