Cue drum roll. And the winner is… Sydney! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Actually, it was Sydney a few years ago – in 2011 and 2012 you voted Sydney your favourite travel experience of the year. Ah, how times have changed: in 2014 it’s been all about exploring the Kimberley and not surprisingly, after taking out last year’s ‘ultimate dream destination’ and our number-one hottest destination for 2014.

Majestic, mysterious, remote, rugged and sincerely beautiful, this region of Western Australia is inarguably one of the world’s most spectacular areas, and a trip here truly is an experience, from vast night skies painting a perfect canvas across the outback landscape to the Horizontal Falls, described as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world” by the velvety voice of Sir David Attenborough.

So stop planning the Christmas work shindig, get someone else to walk the dog, tell the boss you’re busy and start organising a trip here.

Runners-up Best Overall Travel Experience

2. Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, Qld
3. Swimming with Ningaloo’s whale sharks, WA
4. Doing the Top End, NT
5. Seeing Uluru at sunset, NT

SEE: The full list of People’s Choice Awards winners

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