09:00 Weds 13 April - till - 17:00 Weds 27 April.
Members of the public may lodge only one vote for one town in each category. See Terms & Conditions.
Discover amazing natural wonders in the great outdoors and experience genuine country hospitality. Bathurst is a giant playground for big and little kids alike with a variety of family-friendly attractions perfect for any time of the year to excite and delight every imagination.
Geographically unique, Coffs Harbour is the only place in NSW where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean. Coffs is a thriving eco-tourism destination overflowing with outdoor experiences, family-friendly attractions, local food and drink offerings, and action-packed adventures.
Yaama! Welcome to Gunnedah - the town's Aboriginal namesake Cumbo Gunnerah, or Red Chief as he was also known, was a clever chief and mighty warrior. Who better than the Red Chief to take you on a discovery trip of his land, the place of white stones.
The lakeside town of Long Jetty has experienced a cultural rebirth in recent years and is affectionately known as the Newtown of the Central Coast. The town has been revived by passionate entrepreneurs with hip cafes, vintage and modern boutiques, and is home to some very talented creatives.
Moama offers a tale of two cities: One of good old-fashioned country hospitality born of a rich agricultural and river-trade heritage and another of modern-day sophistication, built on growing demand for world-class wine, dining, nature-tourism and entertainment.
A new era has dawned for Newcastle. Built on the back of convicts and forged by fire and steel, NSW's second largest city is midway through a mighty metamorphous from industrial port to contemporary, thriving metropolis.
Winter in Orange sparkles from diamond-white frost glittering on tree branches, sunlight dancing on wine glasses, festival bonfire embers playing with twinkling stars, and there are sparkles in conversation around crackling restaurant fires as the warmth and spirit of Orange take over.
Tucked up in the northeast of NSW bordering QLD, Tweed Heads has a down-to-earth charm and understated beauty often overshadowed by its beachfront village. But this upbeat, riverside town has much to offer, including its very own beach.
Mindful relaxation with an up-and-coming social scene. The sun glistens on the waterway, people in kayaks and tinnies slowly pass by as they head to pick up a famous seafood lunch at the Woy Woy wharf or drop anchor at their favourite fishing spot.
After a popular 2021 debut, the Top Tourism Towns Awards program is back and the search is on for this year's winners. We learned last year that doing our industry justice required a small tweak - so we added a Tiny Town category. Now there are three ways you can support your favourite holiday destinations in NSW.
“In these last six weeks alone, interstate travel has risen and 36% of these are interstate visitors, up from 23% in mid-February. The total number of visitors across regional NSW is up 20% on last year.
Our regional visitor economies are on the road to recovery."
Minister for Tourism, Stuart Ayres: opening address NSW Top Tourism Town Awards 2021
Nominations are open to any city or town, specifically relating to geographical towns and population centres, not Local Government Areas.
Entries are encouraged from Local Chambers of Commerce, Local Tourism Associations, or motivated individuals/groups of locals passionate about elevating the profile of their town but must be submitted via the Visitor Information Centre or Local Council.
Contact us with any questions related to eligibility.
Yes. $150 per nomination. If you are nominating on behalf of multiple towns you will pay $150 for each additional category.
The terminology can be a little confusing!
Nominating is when you formally advise of your intent to enter the NSW Top Tourism Town Awards. At this point, you nominate your chosen category for entry, provide details of the town you are entering and pay your entry fee. This part should take no longer than a few minutes to complete.
To help you navigate Quality Tourism Australia's nomination process, we've created a downloadable Portal User-Guide
The Hall of Fame is awarded to a town that has won the same category for 2 consecutive years. Hall of Fame is awarded at the state/territory and National level.
The Hall of Fame rules are:
1. Towns that are inducted into the National Hall of Fame are precluded from entering into that specific category at the state/territory level for a period of two years.
2. Towns that are inducted into the state/territory Hall of Fame that do not win Gold at the National level in the second year are precluded from entering into that specific category at the state/territory level for a period of two years.
3. Towns that are inducted into the state/territory Hall of Fame that win Gold at the National level for the first time in their second year are eligible to enter into the state/territory level in the following year.
Yes, however, you are encouraged to refer to the 2021 judges' feedback to enhance your entry.
Yes, but keep it simple as you only have 300 words for this question. This would be within your response to the marketing question: What is the target market for your submission and why have you chosen this target market?
Yes. All past entrants are encouraged to re-enter to achieve a first time win or increase their chances at becoming a Hall of Fame winner, which recognises those towns who have won a category in two consecutive years.
By re-entering and winning at a state level, you increase your chances of being recognised as the best in the country if you win at the Australian Top Tourism Awards.
ReviewPro is an online reputation management platform that aggregates online reviews from over 175 online travel agencies (OTAs) and review sites and in more than 45+ languages into one easy to use platform.
The industry-standard Global Review Index (GRI) is an online reputation score available exclusively to ReviewPro clients, which is used by thousands of businesses worldwide as a benchmark for reputation management efforts. Based on data collected from review sites, the GRI can be calculated for a given point in time (day, week, month, year, etc).
The GRI is used as although the consumer vote is a great tool in the judging process, it can turn into a popularity vote by people that may not have necessarily experienced the town, or by those that can market better to get the votes in. ReviewPro brings in an element of consumer review, but by those that have actually experienced the products within the town, and isn’t influenced by the town’s ability to market for votes.
To create ReviewPro accounts for the chosen businesses, a TripAdvisor, Booking.com or Google Review URL for each accommodation and attraction will be needed. These need to be provided within your submission.
There is no cost for the entrant to create the ReviewPro accounts.
Each individual business nominated needs to have at least 25 online reviews in the 365 days leading up to 6 April 2022 when the GRI will be generated.
Yes, you can but where possible, you are encouraged to select from those within your town.
Yes, natural attractions can be included provided they have a TripAdvisor or google review URL with reviews. A minimum of 25 reviews is required over a twelve month period to generate a GRI.