Katoomba has placed in the top 10 of Wotif.com’s Aussie Town of the Year awards, recognised as one of the country’s best destinations to visit in 2020.

The list released today features the Blue Mountains gem in eighth place, and is joined by two other NSW destinations; the seaside oasis Coffs Harbour in first position and Batemans Bay on the South Coast in fourth.

The prominent online travel site unveiled their 2020 awards in Coffs Harbour this morning, highlighting the top Australian destinations on travellers’ wish lists this year.

Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP said the award acknowledged what locals have always known – Katoomba is a dream holiday location.

“The Blue Mountains are home to some of the country’s most impressive natural attractions, and Katoomba is at the heart of the action as the gateway to the iconic Three Sisters” Mr Mallard said.

“Katoomba offers breathtaking bushwalks, stunning natural attractions, adventure tours and scenic experiences at every turn – for a long weekend or a little longer, there’s plenty to enjoy in the Blue Mountains right now.”

In its third year, the Wotif Aussie Town of the Year awards rank holiday spots based on affordability, interest, accommodation deals and traveller review data compiled by the website for 2019.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said 2020 was the year for NSW residents to holiday ‘here’ in NSW.

“Tourism is incredibly important to many NSW towns and businesses, so now’s the time to love NSW and get out, explore our own backyard, spend ‘locally’ and stay ‘locally’,” Minister Ayres said.

“As we rebuild as a state and tourism industry following unprecedented bushfires and ongoing drought, taking a holiday in NSW is one of the best ways for the public to support regional communities.”

Wotif Managing Director Daniel Finch said Australians were spoiled for choice.

“During what is an incredibly tough time for many parts of the country, this year’s awards are more relevant than ever, as a way of recognising the hard-working tourism operators and local businesses who make up Australian tourism – the driving force behind many regional communities,” Mr Finch said.

Image Source: Hon. Shayne Mallard MLC