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Bronzed Caloundra soaks up the accolades

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Bronzed Caloundra soaks up the accolades

The coastal town proves it’s more than just a pretty face when it comes to being a Top Tourism Town on a national scale.

One of the Sunshine Coast’s most iconic destinations has been recognised among the nation’s top three tourism towns.

After months of campaigning and celebration, Caloundra was awarded third place at the Australian Top Tourism Town Awards during a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.

The slice of paradise received the honour after taking out the 2023 Queensland Top Tourism Town Awards, held by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council in June.

Brady Sullivan, the CEO of the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, which spearheaded the campaign, says the Top Tourism Town Awards is propelling Caloundra onto the nation’s tourism scene. “Our state and national success is a huge drawcard for Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast,” he says.

“Caloundra is well and truly on the map.”

Mr Sullivan says the national recognition will help attract vital investment to the region, including the funds needed to deliver projects including the Sunshine Coast Regional Art Gallery.

“Caloundra has been a loved holiday destination for countless generations and is at the centre of immeasurable family memories,” he says.

“Our recent awards will attract more families and travellers to Caloundra and ensure our town continues to grow its already great tourism offering with drawcards like the proposed Sunshine Coast Regional Art Gallery.”

A panel of judges decided the nation’s top three tourism towns from seven state winners.

The state winners were: Victoria’s Ballarat, Tasmania’s Devonport, Northern Territory’s Katherine, Western Australia’s Mandurah, New South Wales’ Newcastle and South Australia’s Victor Harbor.

Mandurah took out gold, with Ballarat claiming second place.

Noosa tour guide business Joel’s Journeys placed second in the Top Tour Guide category.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Brett Fraser says it is fantastic to see Caloundra being recognised.

“Queensland has no shortage of natural and local wonders to marvel. It’s fantastic to receive nationwide recognition for our award-winning holiday destinations,” he says.

The Top Tourism Town awards recognise Australian towns with a population over 5000 people that offer amazing visitor experiences.

The awards organisers are committed to working collectively to increase visitation to the regions.

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