Australian Traveller’s first-ever Readers’ Choice Awards for 2011; results for Best Guided tour in Australia. THE WINNER:

BRIDGECLIMB SYDNEY
Those who have clambered up the Coat Hanger, 134m above Sydney Harbour, rate it as one of the best experiences of their life. There are three options: the Bridge Climb across the outer arch in groups of up to 14 people (perfect for sightseers); the Discovery Climb, which takes groups of up to 14 up the inner arch to the summit via a huge steel staircase (perfect for engineering students and extremists); and the Express Climb, which takes groups of up to 12 through the inner arch to the summit (perfect for those in a hurry for some reason). The operation is a well-oiled machine; there’s even a special engagement-ring device so that if you want to propose to your girlfriend (or boyfriend) at the summit, you’re sure not to drop the ring along the way.
THE DETAILS 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks, Sydney. (02) 8274 7777; bridgeclimb.com

RUNNERS-UP:

2 PORT ARTHUR
From the Isle of the Dead Cemetery Tour to the Point Puer Boys’ Prison Tour, Ghost Tour, Convict Water Supply Trail and even the self-guided audio tour, Port Arthur provides a gripping narrative to our terrible convict history in Tasmania. portarthur.org.au
3 AUSTRALIA ZOO
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s dream zoo in Beerwah, Qld, is being kept alive by his hard-working, loving family. australiazoo.com.au
4 GAGUDJU DREAMING YELLOW WATER CRUISE
Indigenous-owned and -operated wetland cruises in Kakadu National Park, NT.www.kakadutourism.com/tours-activities/yellow-water-cruises/
5 CRADLE MOUNTAIN HUTS WALK
Choose a four- or six-day walk along the Overland Track and rejoice that you are the only hikers allowed to sleep in the historic Cradle Mountain Huts. Read all about it on page 52. cradlehuts.com.au

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