Tourism site rates re­gion in top get­aways

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - ALI­CIA NALLY ali­cia.nally@news.com.au

MIS­SION Beach and Cairns have been voted in the top 10 best re­gional and ma­jor Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions, re­spec­tively, to visit by the tour- ism web­site Ex­pe­ri­ence Oz.

The Cas­sowary Coast ham­let came in at No.2 thanks to its laid-back, trop­i­cal vibe.

“It is Mis­sion Beach’s lack of com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion ... with a to­tal of four beach vil­lages pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors with that iso­lated, se­cluded and exclusive feel most yearn for in a trop­i­cal get­away,” the web­site read.

Cairns was the fourth most pop­u­lar ma­jor des­ti­na­tion be­hind the Whit­sun­days, Mackay and the Kim­ber­ley.

Or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion said Cairns had “fast be­come per­haps Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar trop­i­cal get­away des­ti­na­tion”.

Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Pip Close said the re­gion was a highly as­pi­ra­tional des­ti­na­tion with its two World Her­itage ar­eas and trop­i­cal cli­mate.

“Our cos­mopoli­tan city is fringed by reef and rain­for­est with the out­back less than a day’s drive away, giv­ing vis­i­tors an ex­tra­or­di­nary choice of scenery and ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

TROP­I­CAL VIBE: Cairns and Mis­sion Beach have been voted in the top five best re­gional tourist des­ti­na­tions in Aus­tralia. Triple M break­fast an­nouncer Maddi and husband Lloyd Wright, with their chil­dren Mar­low, 1, and Carter, 2, at Palm Cove, moved to Cairns from Townsville and love liv­ing in the Far North.

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