Margaret River has been named one of the world’s Top 10 friendliest places, according to a readers’ choice survey by acclaimed travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
It comes as no surprise to me – every single time I go to Margaret River, I fall more in love with it. One day I’ll live there or at least have a house there so I can spend more time there. It is one of my favourite places on the planet. There is a sense of calmness that washes over me every time I drive through the bushland that flanks Caves Road; it’s like stress instantaneiously leaves my body.
One of only two Australian destinations to make the Top 10 list, Margaret River – which has also been named Best Town in Australia by readers of Australian Traveller for the past two years – tied for sixth place and was praised for its stunning vineyards and beaches.
A Conde Nast Traveler spokesperson said, “It’s no wonder this small town, just south of Perth on Australia’s west coast, ranked high in the friendliest category: It’s known for excellent vineyards and plenty of surfing; who wouldn’t be happy? Our readers also praised the town’s ambience and restaurants.”
Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association CEO Simon Ambrose was delighted with the achievement and said he couldn’t agree more that Margaret River was a truly friendly place.
“Margaret River is certainly a relaxed, laid-back place, the locals are cheerful and helpful – there are always smiles on people’s faces around here,” said Mr Ambrose.
“To wake up each day in Margaret River is what people might refer to as ‘living the dream’ – which explains why it’s full of such friendly people! Margaret River is just a happy, beautiful place to live – and that sentiment really rubs off on the people who visit.”
The only other Australian destination to make the list was Hobart, which was named in second place, beaten to the top spot by the “Island of Magic”, Florianopolis in Brazil.
The survey also uncovered the world’s most unfriendly cities, with Newark, New Jersey voted the worst. For the full list of the Top 10 friendliest and unfriendliest places, click here.