Vote now for WA’s top town

The West Australian
Geraldton is a finalist in this year’s GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award.
Camera IconGeraldton is a finalist in this year’s GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

Public voting has opened to decide WA’s Top Tourism Town and Small Tourism town, with the 2021 GWN7 Top Tourism Town Awards finalists announced.

A field of 17 towns from across Western Australia have been named finalists across two categories in the highly-coveted Awards program. The public can vote online for their favourite town or city and go into the draw to win a $5,000 holiday in Western Australia or a $500 voucher to spend at any RAC Park or Resort.

The finalists in this year’s GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award category are:

  • Busselton
  • Collie
  • Exmouth
  • Geraldton
  • Kalbarri
  • Kalgoorlie Boulder
  • Karratha
  • Manjimup
  • Pinjarra

The finalists in the GWN7 Small Tourism Town Award category are:

  • Balingup
  • Carnarvon
  • Coral Bay
  • Denham
  • Derby
  • Dwellingup
  • Harvey
  • Jurien Bay
The classic sweep of Coral Bay on the Ningaloo coast. Coral Bay is one of the finalists in the GWN7 Small Tourism Town Award category.
Camera IconThe classic sweep of Coral Bay on the Ningaloo coast. Coral Bay is one of the finalists in the GWN7 Small Tourism Town Award category. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

Visitor Centres WA Chair Troy De Souza encourages the public to get behind their favourite holiday destination.

“We know that in the past year, many people have taken the opportunity to explore WA, re-visit destinations they haven’t been to in a while, or seek out somewhere new for their getaways,” he says.

“These Awards give us all the opportunity to reward towns for the way they treat their visitors, so it’s a great way to say thank you to the places we love to visit or have recently discovered in our travels.”

The public vote is combined with votes from an industry panel of judges to decide which destinations will receive the titles of Top Tourism Town and Small Tourism Town. The winning destinations will go into a National competition for the first time, competing against the winners from other States to be named Australia’s Top Tourism Town and Small Tourism Town.

The GWN7 Top Tourism Town Awards have been running for more than 30 years and recognises cities and towns across Western Australia for their commitment to tourism and the innovative experiences and facilities on offer.

The winner in the GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award will receive a $25,000 airtime package from GWN7 to promote their town on regional television, with the winner of the GWN7 Small Tourism Town Award picking up a $10,000 airtime package.

The awards are run by Visitor Centres WA and supported by GWN7, Vanguard Press, Tourism WA and RAC Parks & Resorts. Award winners will be announced at the 2021 Perth Airport WA Regional Tourism Conference Dinner in Geraldton on May 4.

Visit toptourismtown.com.au to review the finalists and vote. Voting closes 5pm, April 8.

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