Traveller Review Awards 2022 - reveals Australia’s Most Welcoming Towns reveals the most welcoming towns in Australia for 2022. The 10th annual Traveller Review Awards, revealed Maleny, QLD as the most welcoming town in Australia for the 2nd year in a row, while Tasmania placed third in the most welcoming regions globally. 

2022 Most Welcoming Towns in Australia*

  1. Maleny  , Queensland
  2. Mount Tamborine, Queensland
  3. Halls Gap, Victoria
  4. Denmark, Western Australia
  5. Margaret River Town, Western Australia
  6. Healesville, Victoria
  7. Warrnambool, Victoria
  8. Hervey Bay, Queensland
  9. Montville, Queensland
  10. Albany, Western Australia

With borders open, now is the time to get out there and celebrate over 18,000 travel providers who are being recognised for their hospitality in the Traveller Review Awards 2022.  

1. Maleny, QLD 

Located high in the Blackall Range, about 30 kilometres south west of Caloundra, Maleny is renowned for its lush environs and numerous scenic spots. If you need an excuse to get away, check out our hit list of Maleny must-dos and discover a world of spectacular natural wonders, sensational food and produce and charming places to stay.

Where to stay: The Ridge at Maleny 

2. Mount Tamborine, QLD 

Located 62 km from Bisbane and just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast, Mount Tamborine is a town in the locality of Tamborine Mountain, known as the green behind the gold. Within the beautiful hinterland lives the rainforest in the third oldest National Park in the world. 

Where to stay: Possum Lodge at Cloudhill Estate

3. Halls Gap, VIC 

Halls Gap is the village at the gateway to Grampians National Park, the ancient mountain ranges known for its natural flora and fauna, waterways, waterfalls and spectacular views. There is something for everyone at Halls Gap, from abseiling, rock climbing, to bush walking and cycling.

Where to stay: DULC Cabins

4. Denmark, WA 

Denmark is located on the South West Coast of Western Australia, 414 Kilometres south east of Perth, in the Great Southern Region along the Rainbow Coast of Western Australia. Denmark has natural attractions galore and a mild climate all year round making it the perfect destination for your south coast holiday. Ideally set, it's one of the nicest places in Western Australia.

Where to stay: Karrak Reach Forest Resort 

5. Margaret River Town, WA 

Margaret River is a small town south of Perth in western Australia, known for its craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries. Beaches and surf breaks line the nearby coast, whose waters host migratory whales (Jun–Nov). Stretching between 2 lighthouses north and south of the town, the long-distance walk, the Cape to Cape Track, fringes the limestone caves and sea cliffs of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Where to stay: Grand Mercure Basildene Manor 

6. Healesville, VIC 

Located 52 km north-west of Melbourne, Healesville is a regional food and wine hub with amazing scenery and wildlife in the surroundings. Some of the iconic Healesville wineries include Domaine Chandon, Rochford Wines and Coldstream Hills. 

Where to stay: Yering Gorge Cottages 

7. Warrnambool, VIC

Warrnambool is a city located along the Great Ocean Road, with both aspects of the green dairying country and the vast blue ocean vistas. From Warrnambool you can explore the history of the Shipwreck Coast, including the Loch Ard shipwreck of 1878 that is brought to life with a sound and laser show. 

Where to stay: Lighthouse Lodge 

8. Hervey Bay, QLD 

Hervey Bay, a coastal city in southern Queensland, is widely known as a site for observing humpback whales. Whale-watching boats operate during the July to November migration season. It's also a hub for tours to nearby Fraser Island, which has beaches and features a rainforest habitat for dingoes and other wildlife. A waterfront esplanade links the city's marina with beaches offering calm waters for swimming.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks, Fraser St, Hervey Bay

9. Montville, QLD 

Situated on the Blackall Range, Montville is a charming and cosy village where you can explore art galleries, quaint coffee shops and boutique stores. Montville is also a great place to go hiking, walking or have a picnic and cool down in a waterfall in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. 

Where to stay: Spicers Clovelly Estate

10. Albany, WA 

Albany is the oldest settlement in Western Australia, yielding a rich settler and convict history situated on the southernmost tip of the state. Albany's rugged coast is home to fascinating sightings of whales, cruises run to take you right up close to meet the whales or enjoy one of Western Australia’s most popular beaches Middleton Beach. 

Where to stay: Cosy Corner Sea View Apartments