NQ’s top tourism towns revealed

THREE North Queensland towns have made the list of finalists for Queensland's Top Tourism Town.

Townsville, Ingham and Bowen have all been named as finalists in the Queensland Tourism Industry Council award.

Both Townsville and Bowen have been recognised in the Large Top Tourism Towns category, while Ingham has been recognised as a Small Top Tourism Town.

Magnetic Island.
Magnetic Island.

QTIC chief executive Daniel Gschwind the award helps showcase the great and diverse destinations around the state.

"With the current focus on domestic tourism, now is the time to draw attention to our regional destinations and to put the spotlight on our tourism operators and communities who keep our regions thriving," Mr Gschwind said.

"We are thrilled with the response from towns from across Queensland who have entered the Awards with 37 fantastic nominations.

"We have towns from as far north as Mareeba, to the coast of Rainbow Beach and out West to Longreach which shows the amazingly diverse tourism landscape we have right here in our backyard."

Castle Hill in Townsville.
Castle Hill in Townsville.

The public will be able to vote on their favourite until April 26. Individuals can cast their vote for their favourite tourism town and go into the running to win a $2000 Apollo Motorhome travel package.

"It is now up to the public to tell us who they think should be crowned the Top Tourism Town of Queensland which is a challenging task with so many worthy contenders," Mr Gschwind said.

"We call on everybody to cast their vote and show their support for our domestic tourism industry which plays such an important role in communities throughout the state. It has been a tough COVID-year, now it is time to celebrate the impressive travel opportunities we have in Queensland."

The winner of the Top Tourism Town Award (population over 5,000) will receive a $25,000 Strategic Consulting and Capacity Building Package provided by EarthCheck and the winner of the Top Small Tourism Town Award (population below 5,000) will receive a $7,500 Tourism Consultancy and Development Package provided by The Tourism Group.

Vote for the top town here.



Wallaman Falls near Ingham.
Wallaman Falls near Ingham.



Small Top Tourism Towns:

-Agnes Water 1770

-Airlie Beach











-Mount Morgan

-Orchid Beach


-Rainbow Beach


-St George





Large Top Tourism Towns:












-Tambourine Mountain








Originally published as NQ's top tourism towns revealed