Pristine beaches, breathtaking gorges, perfect weather, epic fishing and unparalleled wildlife attractions — these are just a few reasons why a small coastal town in the North West was voted the best place to visit in WA.

Exmouth named the 2019 GWN7 Top Tourism Town at the WA Regional Tourism Conference in Karratha last week, beating the likes of Albany and Esperance to take out the top prize.

The award was entered by the Ningaloo Visitor Centre on behalf of the town and along with bragging rights, Exmouth also received a $25,000 airtime package to promote the destination on GWN7.

Visitor Centres WA chairman Matt Norton said public voting was introduced to the awards program this year for the first time.

“More than 8000 people had their say on their Top Tourism Town,” he said,

“The winners can truly say they are giving visitors what they are looking for in a holiday destination.”

Shire of Exmouth executive manager commercial and community Matthew Bird said Exmouth offered the State’s best visitor experiences.

“It’s the only place in Australia you can swim with the whale sharks on an annual basis and the Ningaloo Reef is just sensational,” he said.

Australia’s Coral Coast chair-woman Jackie Brooks added that the humpback interactions, which had been added in the past couple of years, had really helped take the product offerings to the next level.

Mr Bird said the award was an amazing achievement for the community.

“We’re only a very small community of 2800 people, but we get 160,000 visitors every year,” he said.

“So this is excellent recognition for a small community which really punches above its weight in the tourism space.”

The bronze medal in the emerging tourism town category went to Tom Price for its role as the gateway to Karijini.