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Whitsunday experiences make number two spot in national poll

By Mark Beale

IT SEEMS the rest of Australia is catching on to what Whitsunday locals already know – that the region is one of Australia’s most exciting destinations to experience.

The Whitsundays has been voted second in ‘Australia’s Top Ten Destinations to Experience 2014’, a national consumer poll conducted by leading travel experience provider Experience Oz.

Also included in the shortlist of 30 destinations this year was Rottnest Island in WA, which took out the number one spot, the Margaret River, Gold Coast, Uluru / Ayers Rock, Cairns, the Sunshine Coast, Barossa Valley, Ningaloo Reef and Kangaroo Island.

In conducting the survey, Experience Oz received just under 2000 votes, with a number of regional tourism offices encouraging their local communities involved to vote.

During the poll, participants were asked to consider a number of criteria, including the overall ‘Aussie nature’ of the destination, the variety of experiences on offer, the destination’s unique geographical features, attractions and activities, and culture or history in or around the destination. Experience Oz Digital Marketing Manager Matt Hobbs said the poll was a great opportunity to identify the best destinations in Australia for the local, regional and domestic tourism markets to experience.

“This year’s list would make a great bucket list of places to experience in Australia,” he said.

“Locations such as the Whitsundays are really leading the way in providing unique experiences for visitors, and it thoroughly deserves to be included in this list.”

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