The winners of Victoria’s inaugural Top Tourism Town Awards have been revealed, with Ballarat and Port Fairy taking top honours for 2021. View more below.

See all Australian finalists here.

Top Tourism Awards

To showcase the value of tourism to the towns and communities across Australia and celebrate the diversity and outstanding regional destinations of our country, the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) along with the States and Territories are excited to announce a new addition to the Australian Tourism Awards series – the Top Tourism Town Awards.

The Top Tourism Town Awards are part of the Australian Tourism Awards program but runs at a different schedule.

This Award is presented into two categories:

  • Top Tourism Town Awards – those with a population over 5,000 people.
  • Top Small Tourism Town Award – those with a population below 5,000 people.

Please note: capital cities were not eligible to enter the Top Tourism Town Awards.

The Top Tourism Town Awards recognises and reward towns that:

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment and encourage tourism and increased visitation to the destination,
  • Offer an excellent visitor experience, and
  • Exhibit collaboration with tourism operators, local businesses and the community working together to make their town the best destination it can be.

DOWNLOAD PDF: Full details for the Top Tourism Town Awards

Winners

The winners of Victoria’s inaugural Top Tourism Town Awards have been revealed, with Ballarat and Port Fairy taking top honours for 2021.

Ballarat was named Victoria’s Top Tourism Town (population over 5,000), while Port Fairy took out the top spot to win Top Small Tourism Town Award (population under 5000).

Thanks to our Partner Prime7, the Gold winners will receive:

  • Ballarat: $15,000 of airtime with Prime7
  • Port Fairy: $10,000 of airtime with Prime7

The two Victorian Gold Winners will go on to compete for the title of Australia’s Top Tourism Town, which will be announced at Parliament House in Canberra on the 2nd of September.

SILVER WINNERS

  • Top Tourism Town Awards: Lakes Entrance
  • Top Small Tourism Town Awards: Timboon

BRONZE WINNERS

  • Top Tourism Town Awards: Bendigo
  • Top Small Tourism Town Awards: Apollo Bay

Finalists

VTIC would like to congratulate all the finalists in this year’s Awards. This has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone in our industry and achieving finalist status is a real testament to the passion and commitment of Victoria’s regional destinations.

See the full list of finalists at: www.vtic.com.au/toptourismtown

Ceremony Highlights

View some of the Awards Ceremony highlights here.

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