Exmouth up for a place on the board
An iconic tourist destination in WA’s North West is about to roll the dice and take a chance on being monopolised — but the community chest holds the key.
Exmouth has made the short list of famous Aussie locations that could be immortalised on the Oz edition of legendary board game Monopoly.
Toy giant Hasbro Australia invited every State and Territory tourism office to nominate five key locations and attractions people know and love.
Tourism WA named Broome, Perth, Margaret River, Exmouth and Esperance among its choices to rival the lucrative and most expensive dark blue property strip known as Mayfair.
But only two or three destinations in each State or Territory will make it on to the board and the final selection is being left up to the Australian public.
The 2017 edition will showcase Australia’s favourite locations from each State or Territory and their inclusion will depend on how the community votes.
The revamped game will include special Aussie-themed tokens.
Exmouth is famous for its fishing, World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park.
Shire of Broome president Ron Johnston urged locals to do their part to put Broome on the board.
“Broome is one of Australia’s most beautiful locations, from its idyllic beaches and rugged wilderness to its romantic pearling history and timeless indigenous culture,” he said.
“It would be fantastic recognition for the town to be included on the Australian version of Monopoly as it boasts some of the best scenery, fishing, pearl retailing and beaches around the country.”
Voting at monopolyaustralia.com.au closes on November 22, 2016.
The public can cast one vote, per State and Territory, per day. People can support their home town, and even vote for other locations and attractions around Australia.
The State or Territory with the most votes will secure the coveted Mayfair position.
Shire of Exmouth president Turk Shales failed to respond by the time of print.
Tourists at North West Cape near Exmouth.