NSW tops nation for most Amazing Aussie places, according to Australian Traveller magazine

Usually it is NSW's beaches which bring people to its shores, but according to Australian Traveller there is much more to see. Picture: Destination NSW
Usually it is NSW's beaches which bring people to its shores, but according to Australian Traveller there is much more to see. Picture: Destination NSW

It is official...New South Wales is the place to travel to. That is according to the latest ‘research’ from Australian Traveller magazine.

In its recent release – 100 Amazing Aussie places – NSW has had the most destinations make the cut.

It was a close one with 19 locations listed in comparison to Western Australia’s 17, followed by Queensland in third place on 16.

The locations are split into several categories including rural towns, coastal haunts and foodie favourites. But the most controversial may just be the list of alternative capitals to spend more time in.

Judge for yourself. Here are the top alternative capitals to visit:

Bendigo, Victoria

Bendigo Art Gallery. Picture: PETER WEAVING

Bendigo Art Gallery. Picture: PETER WEAVING

The Bendigo Art Gallery was the main reason this Victorian location made it to the top of the list. The gallery has become a must-do activity in the city and frequently showcases international exhibits.  Described as a ‘thriving creative city,’ its cafe, dining and fashion culture were the other reasons that Bendigo made the list.

Fremantle, Western Australia

The outlook over bathers beach.

Photo: Lousie Southerden/WA Today

The outlook over bathers beach. Photo: Lousie Southerden/WA Today

Fremantle is an instagram-worthy destination with plenty of cafes and shops set among Victorian and early Edwardian architecture. The arts centre, live music and Little Creatures Brewery also get a mention.

Bundaberg, Queensland

You can always find rum in Bundaberg. Picture: AAP Image

You can always find rum in Bundaberg. Picture: AAP Image

According to the magazine there is more to Bundaberg than ‘rum, turtles and aviation history’. The city holds festivals, food markets, live music and of course...there is the rum.

Newcastle, New South Wales

The coastal city of Newcastle. Picture: Newcastle Herald

The coastal city of Newcastle. Picture: Newcastle Herald

There has been a lot of talk about Newcastle, after the city hosted the A-League grand final and the Newcastle 500 Supercars street circuit. Despite these big events, it is the city’s beaches, coffee culture and food which got it on the list.

Townsville, Queensland

View to Magnetic Island, Queensland. Picture: Tourism Queensland

View to Magnetic Island, Queensland. Picture: Tourism Queensland

Townsville is all about the great outdoors. Swimming, scuba diving, hiking, throw in The Museum of Tropical Queensland and you can see why this one made the cut.

​The list goes on and on. Outside the top five (let’s not wax lyrical any longer) you have:

  • 6. Ballarat, Victoria
  • 7. Alice Springs, Northern Territory
  • 8. Launceston, Tasmania
  • 9. Mt Gambier, South Australia
  • 10. Armidale, New South Wales

Whether you agree with the list or not, you can check out the impressive 100 -part holiday guide here.