Where are you going on your next holiday? Stop wondering. After quizzing around 2500 of your fellow Australian Traveller readers (maybe you as well), we have what you’re looking for: the ultimate inspiration list for 2015. (See all the red carpet photos from the awards ceremony

The Peoples’ Choice Awards is our annual snapspot of the absolute best travel experiences you’ve had over the year; Australia’s best cities, restaurants, dream destinations, ¬glamping sites, sexiest hotel pools (ooh la la), quirkiest stays and more.

Each category is comprised of a very worthy finalist list – usually a top five, sometimes a top 10 – and, of course, a winner. So which is better, Sydney or Melbourne? What’s the one road trip every Aussie will love? Where is Australia’s best cafe culture? And which beach town is the best place for a holiday?

Best Campsite: Lake Argyle Caravan Park, WA

Best Glampsite: Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, NSW

Best Spa: Spa qualia, Hamilton Island, Qld

Best Quirky Accommodation: QT Sydney, NSW

Best Towns

Best City: Melbourne, Vic

Best-Kept Secret: It’s a tie! Mudgee, NSW and Orange, NSW

Friendliest Town: Cairns, Qld

Cosiest Town: Daylesford, Vic

Best Beach Town: Byron Bay, NSW

Best of Summer

Most Beautiful Island Getaway: Hamilton Island, Qld

Best Cruising Experience: Bareboating in the Whitsundays

Best Beach: Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Qld

Sexiest Hotel Pool: One&Only Hayman Island, Qld

Best Eats

Best City Restaurant: Quay, Sydney, NSW

Best Regional Restaurant: Biota, Bowral, NSW

Best Wine Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Best Food Region: Tamar Valley, Tas

Best Regional Café Culture: Sunshine Coast, Qld

Best Journeys

Best Road Trip: Great Ocean Road, Vic

Best Train Trip: The Ghan, SA–NT

Best Local Weekend
Northern Territory: City of Darwin
New South Wales: Hunter Valley
Queensland: Sunshine Coast
South Australia: Fleurieu Peninsula
Tasmania: City of Hobart
Victoria: Daylesford-Hepburn Springs
ACT: City of Canberra
Western Australia: Margaret River

Best Air Travel

Best Airport: Sydney Airport, NSW

Best Major Airline: Qantas Airways

Best Regional Airline: REX

Just For Fun

Prettiest State: Tasmania

Australia’s Greatest Icon: Sydney Opera House, NSW

Favourite Public Holiday: Australia Day

Best State for Skiing: Victoria

Best Ski Resort: Thredbo, NSW

Most Important Holiday Experience for Kids: The Aussie camping trip

Most Important Destination for Kids: Uluru

 

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