Nearly 1000 people voted for Orange to beat Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Lord Howe Island to score a place alongside Sydney Harbour in the year’s version. And because NSW locations received more votes than any other states, they scored the premium blue spots on the board (currently occupied by Mayfair (Sydney Harbour) and Park Lane (Orange) in the English version of the buy and sell property game.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, celebrated the NSW victory.
“This is a win the whole state will be celebrating. We’re delighted our State has trumped the competition which once again reinstates NSW as the number one place to live, work and enjoy. As a country based Minister it’s great to see Orange on the board of the world’s most loved game showcasing regional NSW around the world,” he added.
The vote saw Queensland come in at a close second for the Green property portfolio, with popular tourism destinations Whitsundays, Gold Coast and Tropical North Queensland all making the cut with 5.9%, 3.6% and 2.4% respectively.
Some of Australia’s landmark icons will feature as the board’s tokens, with a BBQ, kangaroo, cricket bat and meat pie included among the six highly collectible tokens. But that’s not the only novelty; players can opt to sell State-of-Origin tickets or lamingtons through their Community Chest and Chance Cards.
Hasbro Australia’s Brand Manager for Monopoly, Tiffany Vibert said some of the results were surprising.
“It’s been a real eye-opener watching the results come in. Achieving a spot on the new Australian board is a great achievement and it’s wonderful to see such enthusiasm for the game from Australians around the country,” she said.
The family favourite is projected to become a greatly sought-after collector’s item following its release this week.