The state's best holiday destinations for 2022 have been announced at the Queensland Top Tourism Town Awards, with Tamborine Mountain claiming a prize.
Presented by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council the annual Awards program recognises and celebrates Queensland's best holiday destinations.
Awards were presented based on population size, Tamborine Mountain was crowned this year's Top Tourism Town (population over 5000).
It comes after Tamborine Mountain made number two on Booking.com's most welcoming towns list.
Cr Derek Swanborough, who attended the awards presentation in Brisbane along with Mayor Greg Christensen and Scenic Rim tourism operators, said the award was well earned.
"This is a very deserving award for Tamborine Mountain tourism operators and the residents can also be very proud," he said.
'This is a big award, with Tamborine Mountain competing with all towns with populations greater than 5000.
"The population is 8300 or thereabouts, which is actually the largest town in the Scenic Rim.
"It attracts between 1.5 and 2 million visitors from Brisbane and the Gold Coast and back in the days before COVID it attracted a lot of international visitors, being situated between two international airports."
Cr Swanborough said there was no doubt that Tamborine Mountain played a significant role in the region's making Lonely Planet's top 10 places to visit in 2022.
"It's pretty hard to go past the views, the rainforest, the waterfalls, coffee shops and creative industries on Tamborine Mountain," he said.
The mountain was not the only Scenic Rim town to be shortlisted for an award but Airlie Beach beat Boonah to claim Top Small Tourism Town (population between 1500 - 5000).
Kalbar was pipped a the post by Winton for Top Tiny Tourism Town (population under 1500) respectively.
QTIC chief Brett Fraser said the judging process by an expert panel and a public vote attracted more than 16,000 votes, with Queensland's best holiday destinations chosen from a shortlist of 23 finalists.
"Congratulations to Tamborine Mountain, Airlie Beach, and Winton, and to all the finalists in this year's Awards," he said.
" These regional gems demonstrate that you don't have to travel far in our state to explore incredible sights," said Mr Fraser.
"From historical outback Winton to rainforest and coastal retreats in Tamborine Mountain and Airlie Beach, these leaders in tourism demonstrate why our state flourishes as a must-see destination for holidaymakers.
"It's important that we celebrate Queensland's regional treasures and recognise the effort that goes into making these destinations top tourism towns.
"I encourage all Queenslanders to take advantage of a weekend getaway or the upcoming school holidays to visit our state's best regional destinations."
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Top Tourism Town Awards recognised regional destinations delivering world-class visitor experiences.
"These awards have always celebrated the diversity of visitor experiences that only Queensland has," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"Whether it's a gourmet adventure on Tamborine Mountain, snorkeling at Airlie Beach, or walking with dinosaurs at Winton, the Top Tourism Towns of 2022 show Queensland is the place to be.
"Domestic tourism is bouncing back from the pandemic with Queenslanders rediscovering their own backyard and interstate visitors realising nothing beats a Queensland holiday.
"Congratulations to the awards' 2022 winners and finalists."
All three Award-winning Queensland destinations have earned automatic entry to the national Top Tourism Town Awards held later in the year to crown the best holiday towns in Australia.
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