Margaret River

This is the second time Margaret River has been dubbed Australia’s favourite town – for good reason!

The much-loved capital of wine and waves in WA’s far southwest was again a winner for its “awesome blend of surf, vines, beer, forest and gourmet food”, as one reader wrote.

Entrants also gushed about the “plentiful art galleries”, “quality restaurants” and a welcoming community “with social conscience and spirit”.

A hub for surfing, hiking and wine-drinking enthusiasts, Margaret River offers the cosmopolitan delights of larger cities, while maintaining its rural charm.

With ancient caves and many boutique stays too, there is something for all travellers.



Again in second place, Ballarat ( received votes for its rich gold-rush history, thriving food scene and antique stores, while Broome ( was a repeat favourite for its remote but stunning location. Newcomers included Byron Bay (, with a popular combination of sun, surf and relaxation, and Australia’s country music capital Tamworth (

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