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Australia’s Friendliest Cities: Ballarat makes top 11

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Yes, top 10 would have sounded better, but we came in at number 11. Soooo...

A study released by Big 7 Travel has ranked Perth as Australia’s number 1 city for friendliness to visitors, followed by Coffs Harbour and Brisbane respectively.

The list is based on feedback by Big 7’s 1.5 million social media audience. Ballarat came in at number 11, claiming “people here are always keen to strike up conversation and will look after their own community no matter what. They’re equally nice to visitors, too.”

Check out the full list of Top 25 Friendliest Cities below.

Kris on Power Brekky was pleased with this achievement, however Jules felt we could have done better:

  1. Melton, Victoria

“While that’s all well and good for Melton residents and their good neighbourly vibes, it can mean that visitors might feel like they don’t quite fit in and are unwelcome.”

  1. Warrnambool, Victoria

“Locals aren’t exactly rude, per se, but the overall indifference towards strangers can take its toll.”

  1. Newcastle, NSW

“While locals aren’t rude, it’s more of a ‘polite but unfriendly’ vibe.”

  1. Alice Springs, NT

“Locals here are stubborn, and its sparse rural population can make it harder to make friends.”

  1. Bundaberg, Queensland

“It has its charm but could be friendlier; you won’t exactly be greeted with a smile from the local cashier.”

  1. Mackay, Queensland

“Its tourist-friendly initiatives are helping the state big time, but overall its reputation has some catching up to do.”

  1. Nimbin, NSW

“Nimbin’s iconic rep as a hippy village is known the world over. It doesn’t have the sort of overt friendliness of other places, but locals are generally mellow enough. We can probably guess why.”

  1. Geelong, Victoria

“You won’t be invited into someone’s home for tea, but they’re nice. There’s lighthearted banter between locals here.”

  1. Toowoomba, Queensland

“Its developing tourism industry means that locals are eager to chat away to visitors.”

  1. Sydney, NSW

“Sydney might not have a reputation for being friendly on a global scale, but our readers ranked it highly in terms of helpfulness from strangers.”

  1. Gold Coast, Queensland

“The laid-back holiday vibe is made even better by the friendly people you will meet here.”

  1. Wollongong, NSW

“Locals here are some of the most welcoming and friendly people you’re likely to meet on your travels across Oz. There’s a chilled-out pace of life here that lends itself to a warm atmosphere.”

  1. Townsville, Queensland

“Townsville exudes a welcoming atmosphere as soon as you arrive that continues everywhere in the city itself. Maybe it’s the 320 days of sunshine each year?”

  1. Logan City, Queensland

“Logan City locals are down-to-earth and willing to help, without expecting anything in return.”

  1. Ballarat, Victoria

“People here are always keen to strike up conversation and will look after their own community no matter what. They’re equally nice to visitors, too.”

  1. Hobart, Tasmania

“The atmosphere in the city and beyond is hard to match, with a homey feel and locals who go the extra mile to welcome tourists.”

  1. Canberra, ACT

“Let this put an end to any Canberra-bashing from other Australian cities: It might be a quiet-ish city, but the people here make it a fun and vibrant place to spend some time. There’s a real sense of community, where it’s common for a stranger to help you out.”

  1. Darwin, NT

“It’s an easy city to find your way around, with plenty of bars and social spots where you will find yourself chatting to locals.”

  1. Port Macquarie, NSW

“Port Macquarie folk are incredibly warm and the hospitality here is unbeatable. You’ll ask for directions and end up being personally shown there.”

  1. Melbourne, Victoria

“Melbourne’s progressive atmosphere makes it an enjoyable city to visit, with some of the friendliest people in Australia to boot. You’ll get an instant feel for the friendliness here.”

  1. Cairns, Queensland

“Locals are open-minded and will eagerly share their favourite place to eat or drink with out-of-towners. Our readers scored Cairns highly on first impressions.”

  1. Adelaide, SA

“Both Adelaide’s city centre and ’burbs residents are friendly to just about everyone. The city has excellent walkability, so you can just wander around at your own leisure.”

  1. Brisbane, Queensland

“Its warm and welcoming community add a real buzz to the city, making it a popular city break and tourist destination.”

  1. Coffs Harbour, NSW

“Whether you’ve been born and raised here or are just passing through, locals will treat you with the same kind attitude.”

  1. Perth, WA

“The friendliest city in Australia award goes to Perth, thanks to its lively locals, engaging social scene and ease of access for first-time visitors. Perth is a wonderfully vibrant and social place to be. Expect to make new friends in every bar you go to.”

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