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Top NSW Tourism Towns Unveiled

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Sunrise over Market Street, Mudgee.

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Top NSW Tourism
Towns Unveiled

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Sunrise over Market Street, Mudgee.

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Berrima and Mudgee have today been announced by Business NSW as NSW’s Top Tourism Towns, voted by the public and an industry panel as the top destinations for an outstanding visitor experience.

Filled with country charm, verdant landscapes and heritage, the Southern Highlands and Country NSW favourites were today crowned winners of the inaugural awards by Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres at the Local Government NSW Destination and Visitor Economy Conference underway in Port Macquarie.

“There’s a real buzz about regional NSW right now and with incredible destinations such as Berrima and Mudgee to visit it’s easy to understand why,” Mr Ayres said.

“These vibrant communities with unique visitor experiences, authentic hospitality and world class tourism operators make NSW the envy of all other states, and the place to be when it comes to regional Australian escapes.

“Regional visitor economies are on the road to recovery, and the Destination NSW and Roy Morgan Weekly Visitor Tourism Tracking Index shows that the total number of visitors across regional NSW is approximately 20 per cent above the where we were at mid-October last year.

“The data also tells us that in the last six weeks alone, interstate travel has risen and 36 per cent of visitors to regional NSW are interstate visitors, up from 23 per cent in mid-February.

“These awards showcase NSW’s strengths, and with the ‘visitor-first’ approach shown by the 52 entrants, the program is a great platform to demonstrate our State is in a fantastic position to be the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific by 2030.”

“The data also tells us that in the last six weeks alone, interstate travel has risen and 36 per cent of visitors to regional NSW are interstate visitors, up from 23 per cent in mid-February.

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Sun setting over a country property in Berrima in the Southern Highlands.

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Sunset, Berrima CREDIT: Kramer Photography; www.kramer.photography

Sun setting over a country property in Berrima in the Southern Highlands.

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Alby & Esthers, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a relaxing breakfast in Alby + Esters, Mudgee.

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Alby & Esthers, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a relaxing breakfast in Alby + Esters, Mudgee.

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“These awards showcase NSW’s strengths, and with the ‘visitor-first’ approach shown by the 52 entrants, the program is a great platform to demonstrate our State is in a fantastic position to be the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific by 2030.”

Mudgee was praised for its great community spirit and the way it welcomes visitors from far and wide to sample its wines, food and warm hospitality.
Historic Berrima was admired for being a beautifully preserved Georgian town with amazing food and friendly people.

The awards are managed by the NSW Tourism Industry Council, and celebrate towns with a population of less than 5000, and a population of more than 5000.
“Tourism Associations, Councils, Local Chambers and Visitor Information Centres collaborated to enter their towns in the awards,” said NSW Tourism Industry Council Executive Manager, Greg Binskin.

“Entrants submitted a short video, itinerary and editorial article which was reviewed by a judging committee of 14 industry experts and it was always going to be very competitive with a field of 52 nominations.

“The public then had their say, with more than 15,000 people casting a vote for their Top Tourism Town.”

Mudgee and Berrima will represent NSW at the inaugural Australian Top Tourism Town Awards to be held Wednesday 25 August at Parliament House, Canberra.

Lowe Wines, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Lowe Wines, Mudgee.

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Lowe Wines, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Lowe Wines, Mudgee.

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Canola Field, Berrima CREDIT: Destination NSW

Canola field in bloom in the Southern Highlands near Berrima.

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Canola Field, Berrima CREDIT: Destination NSW

Canola field in bloom in the Southern Highlands near Berrima.

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For more inspiration:
Mudgee has all you need for the ultimate country escape. Find out more with these editorial-ready features:
Mudgee Wine Country Guide
Eat, Play, Stay in Mudgee
Unique places to stay in Mudgee

The town of Berrima is filled with charming heritage and delicious dining surrounded by the lush, green surrounds of the NSW Southern Highlands. Discover where to stop with these editorial-ready features:
Wineries with Southern Charm
Southern Highlands Spotlight
Southern Highlands Eat Stay Play

Full list of award winners:

Top Tourism Town population less than 5000 residents

  • Winner – Berrima
  • Highly Commended – Carcoar

Top Tourism Town population greater than 5000 residents

  • Winner – Mudgee
  • Highly Commended – Orange

Judges Choice Awards

  • Most Inspiring Editorial: Oberon
  • Most Captivating Video: Tumbarumba
  • Most Compelling Itinerary: Ettalong Beach

Eschalot, Berrima CREDIT: Destination NSW

Elegant dish made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients at Eschalot restaurant, Berrima.

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Eschalot, Berrima CREDIT: Destination NSW

Elegant dish made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients at Eschalot restaurant, Berrima.

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Pipeclay Pumphouse, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dish available from Pipeclay Pumphouse Restaurant, Mudgee.

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Pipeclay Pumphouse, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dish available from Pipeclay Pumphouse Restaurant, Mudgee.

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