Australia wins top accolades in Conde Nast Traveler Awards

Australia has taken out top accolades in the Condé Nast Traveler ‘Best in the World!’ Readers’ Choice Awards. Australia claimed a perfect score for Qualia, which is on CNT’s 2008 Hot List of chic new hotels. We look at the top 5 cities in Australia and the Pacific, voted by readers!

1.     Sydney – Readers’ Choice Rating: 81.7

It comes as no surprise that Sydney rolled in at number one as being the best city in Australia, thanks to its outstanding beauty and cultural significance. This lively city scored an incredible 91% in terms of ambience, and an equally impressive 85% for friendliness. Readers also thought highly of Sydney’s culture and heritage sites, as it scored a rating of 85.3.

2.     Queensland – Readers’ Choice Rating: 76.4

The beautiful city of Queensland scored an over 91% for both ambience and friendliness and came second place. There’s no wonder Queensland was the second popular choice for reader’s, as this stunning destination is indescribably beautiful and boasts the most spectacular scenery, along with plenty to see and do.

3.     Melbourne – Readers’ Choice Rating: 74.6

It’s no surprise that Melbourne is lurking at the top of the list for the best city in Australia, thanks to its innovative flare, cultural diversity and historic background. This multicultural city scored 82.6 for ambience and an equally high score of 83.3 for friendliness. Visit our top four favourite destinations you simply can’t miss out on when visiting Melbourne.

4.     Auckland – Readers’ Choice Rating: 71.7

The rolling green hills and volcanic islands of Auckland contributed to this picturesque city’s score of 71.7. Amongst the earthy elements sit fabulous shopping (which scored 51.1%) and dining districts (72.5%) to keep visitors occupied. Auckland also scored a fab 74% for lodging, making in the fourth best place in terms of accommodation.

5.     Margaret River – Readers’ Choice Reading: 69.1

The peaceful aura of Margaret River scored it over 90% for ambience, making it the perfect choice for those looking for a tranquil getaway for a spot of relaxation. Despite only claiming a score of 26.9 for shopping, its delectable restaurants make Margaret River a great place for dining in style.

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