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Orange and Sydney Harbour voted 'Australia's Park Lane and Mayfair'

There are few marks of prestige for a residential area greater than being chosen for the dark blue squares on a Monopoly board, with this privilege going to Sydney Harbour and Orange on the new Australian version of the classic property investment game.
 
Set to be launched on Thursday June 15th, the Aussie edition of the Hasbro board game will include counters based on symbols associated with the country, including a kangaroo, barbecue, cricket bat and kookaburra. Meanwhile, the Chance and Community Chest cards will feature scenarios such as getting stuck in peak rush hour Sydney traffic and collecting more money after getting lucky at the Melbourne Cup.
 
Last year, Australian residents were asked to vote for which areas they thought should occupy the dark blue tiles given to Park Lane and Mayfair - two of London's most prestigious locations - in the traditional version of the game.
 
Orange and Sydney Harbour came out top in the poll, beating other much-loved destinations such as the Gold Coast and the Great Ocean Road.
 
Adam Marshall, tourism minister for New South Wales, commented: "We're delighted our state has trumped the competition, which once again reinstates New South Wales as the number one place to live, work and enjoy."
 
Green is the colour of the next most expensive tiles on a typical Monopoly board, with the 35,000 board game fans who voted in the Monopoly Australia election deciding that the Whitsunday Islands should occupy one of these squares.
 
Speaking to the Whitsunday Times, chief executive officer of Tourism Whitsundays Craig Turner said: "It's beyond fantastic to see our region secure a square on the Australian Monopoly board and it will deliver enormous PR value for the Whitsundays."
 
Other locations to be awarded one of the 22 tiles on the new Australian Monopoly board include the Gold Coast (which won 3.6 per cent of the total vote), the Sunshine Coast (2.1 per cent) and Brisbane (1.1 per cent).

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