The title may have remained on Queensland’s coastline, but it has travelled 220 kilometres north of 2012 winner, the Gold Coast.

Situated at the northern reaches of the Sunshine Coast, surrounded by azure waters and sub-tropical hinterland, Noosa delivers the best of summer in one.

Many of you gushed about its “pristine beaches” and “beautiful national park with great walking tracks”, as well as its “first-class dining” and “sophisticated vibe”. Of course, Noosa’s appeal doesn’t end at Hastings Street –there’s also a smattering of charming enclaves nearby such as Sunshine Beach, which according to one reader, “reminds me of those classic beach holidays I grew up with”.

From snorkelling and paddle boarding, to spas, shopping and award-winning degustations, there’s not much Noosa doesn’t master. It is, as yet another reader wrote, “the perfect mix of beach and lifestyle”. See visitnoosa.com.au

Finalists

Despite being bumped out of first place this year, the buzzing Gold Coast is still a favourite, as is repeat-finalist Byron Bay, for its “beautiful beaches, excellent food and great nightlife”. In fourth was Sydney with its “countless beaches and NYE fireworks”, followed by Hobart, loved for the “electric Taste Festival” and “ideal weather”.

See the full Readers’ Choice Awards winners’ list.

Haven’t booked your summer holiday yet? You’re not alone; lastminute.com.au bookings increase by a whopping 43% the week post-Christmas Day, compared to the week prior.

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