Nin­ga­loo Coast among best travel ex­pe­ri­ences

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Nin­ga­loo Coast has rated highly on an an­nual con­sumer poll pin­point­ing do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers’ favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions in Aus­tralia.

The Ex­pe­ri­ence Oz poll rated the Nin­ga­loo Coast as the sev­enth best travel ex­pe­ri­ence for do­mes­tic trav­ellers and eighth best over­all.

WA’s Kim­ber­ley re­gion, which took out first place, Mar­garet River and Rot­tnest Is­land also fea­tured in the poll.

Tourism Western Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephanie Buck­land said she was thrilled with the strong show­ing from WA.

“The four des­ti­na­tions to­gether show the breadth and depth of the ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ences WA has to of­fer,” she said.

“WA’s Nin­ga­loo Reef is re­garded as one of the best lo­ca­tions in the world to swim with whale sharks … be­cause of the clar­ity of the wa­ter, reg­u­lar­ity of the whale sharks and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the tour op­er­a­tors.

“Eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from shore, World Her­itage-listed Nin­ga­loo Reef is also home to manta rays, sea tur­tles and dugongs.”

Ex­pe­ri­ence Oz mar­ket­ing man­ager Matt Hobbs said the poll was an op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify hotspots to visit in Aus­tralia from the pub­lic point of view, rather than sim­ply telling peo­ple where to go.

“The Kim­ber­ley re­gion be­ing voted in at No. 1 re­flects a trend we’ve seen to­wards a de­sire to visit more un­charted parts of the coun­try,” he said.

“Both Western Aus­tralia and Queens­land are home to lo­ca­tions that typ­i­cally fare strongly in th­ese polls — that is, beau­ti­ful coast­lines and/or el­e­ments of the out­back — so the over­all re­sults were not en­tirely sur­pris­ing.

Mr Hobbs said the ab­sence of ma­jor cities from the list re­flected vot­ers’ de­sire to turn their eyes fur­ther afield for travel.

Re­gional des­ti­na­tions, mostly in WA and Queens­land, ac­counted for nine of the 10 spots in the over­all and do­mes­tic lists.

They ac­counted for six of the 10 spots on the in­ter­na­tional votes list.

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