Cessnock has taken out tenth place in TripAdvisor’s top Australian holiday destinations for 2015.
The list was compiled from travellers’ ratings and reviews on the TripAdvisor site, rather than total visitor numbers.
The top 10 list includes five Australian capital cities, with Cessnock the only Hunter location:
- Port Douglas
- Margaret River
It is not the first time Cessnock has made headlines for being recognised among the best destinations in Australia, with the city ranking sixth in last year’s TripAdvisor ‘Top Ten Places to Visit’.
Cessnock City Council Economic Development Manager Jane Holdsworth is pleased with the recognition for Cessnock via one of the world’s largest travel websites.
“Cessnock is home to the vineyards, but has so much to offer visitors in addition to our world renowned food and wine,” Jane said.
“We are very used to being on an international stage. We attract world class music acts such as The Rolling Stones, hosted the Japan National Football Team for the 2015 Asian Cup and this weekend Rod Stewart will perform in our backyard.”
“Cessnock is an authentic place to visit, we are very friendly people and we offer excellent customer service.”
A performance by the Eagles at Hope Estate earlier this month attracted more than 19,000 visitors to the Hunter Valley wine region.
Cessnock City Mayor Bob Pynsent believes Cessnock’s popularity is because it offers such a diverse range of activities including ballooning, golf, nature and heritage experiences as well as wine tasting in a peaceful rural atmosphere.
The Hunter Valley Visitor Centre is ready to receive more than 900 visitors a day over the upcoming Easter to ANZAC Day period.
Visitor Centre Coordinator Melissa George confirmed the centre had been working hard to support the anticipated influx of visitors.
“This Easter we are fully prepared to showcase Cessnock at its best,” Melissa said.
“We have a wonderful range of resources to support our visitors such as a weekly What’s On Guide and have prepared a comprehensive list of businesses trading over the period.”
Image | Cessnock offers a diverse range of activities among one of the oldest wine regions in the world
Local government has been in operation in the Cessnock area since 1906 when the Shire of Cessnock held its first meeting. During the following years there were several amalgamations and splits as new Shires were formed and reshaped until Cessnock was declared a City in 1958.
Cessnock City Council provides a diverse range of services and facilities for the residents of the LGA as well as visitors to the area.