Tourism is stronger than ever in Australia, with millions of visitors welcomed every year.
According to the Bureau of Statistics, 9.3 million short-term international visitors arrived in Australia last year – a figure which has risen 7.3 per cent annually since 2013.
For many travellers flocking from overseas, their number one conundrum is where to head, but that might be a whole lot easier following research which has revealed which town or city is the friendliest in Australia.
Taking out the top spot, and possibly a surprise for some, is WA’s state capital Perth.
“The friendliest city in Australia awards goes to Perth, thanks to its lively locals, engaging social scene and ease of access for first time visitors,” Big 7 Travel website revealed.
“Perth is a wonderfully vibrant and social place to be. Expect to make new friends in every bar you go to.”
The travel company surveyed its 1.5 million social media followers in their bid to crown the nation’s friendliest place.
Melbourne, which often ranks highest for Australia in the world’s most liveable city index, came in at sixth thanks to its “progressive atmosphere” and “some of the friendliest people in Australia”.
NSW’s coastal town Coffs Harbour was second on the list for residents’ ability to treat you like a local.
“People here have a particular kind of friendliness that will make you want to move here immediately,” Big 7 Travel said.
Brisbane came in at third for its “attitude towards strangers” while Adelaide and Cairns completed the top five.
Sydney was the lowest ranked state capital at 16th, but the research noted that Sydneysiders are more than willing to help out tourists who appear lost.
NT’s capital Darwin was ranked 8th, while Tasmania’s Hobart was 10th.
Warrnambool, which was recently voted the best place to live, came in at 24.
For the full list, head to Big 7 Travel’s website.
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