The South Coast has missed out on spot in Wotif's top 10 Aussie town awards but New South Wales faired the strongest of the states and territories.
Wotif said this year’s winning destinations were awarded based on their accommodation quality, affordability and traveller satisfaction.
For the first time the awards also recognised destinations that have met the changing needs of travellers over the last twelve months because of COVID restrictions by offering increased flexibility, good-value deals and appealing activities and attractions.
The travel website said many of the winning towns have used the last year to renew their offerings and remerge stronger as a result of the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.
Queensland took out first prize with Cairns claiming the top spot, while New South Wales dominated overall, with a strong showing from Pokolbin, Mudgee, Port Macquarie and The Entrance while coastal destinations in Victoria, South and Western Australia rounded out the top ten.
Wotif Managing Director, Daniel Finch said while the last 12 months have been less than ideal, it has given Aussies the chance to revaluate how they live, work and play – a change of perspective that many now appreciate.
"The chance to get back to basics and take stock of how lucky we are.
"While an overseas getaway will always have its purpose and appeal, many Aussies do not realise the unique opportunity they have in front of them – to take advantage of having this enormous playground called Australia, all to themselves," he said.
Batemans Bay is the only South Coast town to be recognised during the awards four year history, it was ranked 4th last year and 10th in 2018.