TripAdvisor’s best destinations for 2019 revealed
Sydney and London made the top spots, but who else made the list?
TripAdvisor has announced the winner of its Travellers' Choice awards for Australia and the South Pacific and we're pretty sure it's not going to surprise you.
Sydney has taken the top spot for the third year in a row. This based on the TripAdvisor reviews from travellers all over the world.
Sunny Queensland also impressed. The state has four cities in the top 10. Specifically Gold Coast, Brisbane, Port Douglas and Cairns.
It's no surprise that the list is chock full of so many great coastal destinations but we were pleased to see Cessnock featured as seventh on the list. A great base for exploring Hunter Valley's wineries and cellar doors, it's also known for its gourmet eateries and family-friendly attractions like Weratkata National Park.
Here's the full list to help you plan your next domestic getaway:
Top 10 Travellers' Choice Destinations in Australia
- Gold Coast
- Port Douglas
As popular as these spots are, savvy travellers might like to know when to visit to avoid the overbearing crowds eager to get a taste. Our best advice is to travel in the shoulder seasons or even in the off-peak months.
Sydney's shoulder season, for example, falls from September to November and March to May and you can expect pleasant weather, fewer tourists and lower prices. TripAdvisor data shows you can save as much as 25% on hotels in Sydney if you visit in January instead of March.
If you're keen to plan a domestic getaway, Virgin Australia is currently running a sale with travel dates as soon as April.
Top destinations worldwide, according to TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor also released the top destinations around the world and many featured on last year's list.
London took the prize worldwide with the number one spot and many historic European cities like Paris, Rome and Barcelona made it in too. Missing out of the top ten this year are New York and Prague.
For travellers looking for some beach time, Crete, Bali and Phuket are popular alongside Istanbul, Marrakech and Dubai for the culture vultures.
Crete actually moved up one spot on the list. And with cheap flights to Greece becoming more of the norm, it's getting easier for Aussies to explore. If you get in quick, we've spotted these $578 return fares to Athens for both shoulder season and the peak European summer months.
Top 10 travellers' choice destinations in the world:
- London, United Kingdom
- Paris, France
- Rome, Italy
- Crete, Greece
- Bali, Indonesia
- Phuket, Thailand
- Barcelona, Spain
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Marrakech, Morocco
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates