Ningaloo Coast among best travel experiences
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.