New Monopoly Australia board to feature Barossa Valley

The results of a 20-day election period to determine which regions and cities appear on the all-new Monopoly Australia board are in – and the Barossa Valley topped SA’s hot spots!

Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln will join the Barossa on the popular board game, which is set to hit stores on June 15.

The Barossa Council mayor Bob Sloane said he was excited for the extra promotion the Barossa’s inclusion in the board game would bring the region.

“It’s great to raise our profile even more,” he said.

“Kids and adults will now be talking about (the Barossa), and it will give them an iconic SA spot to go to – instead of Park Lane or Mayfair!”

When asked if council had any special plans to celebrate, Mr Sloane suggested he might ask his fellow elected members to play a game at council’s next meeting.

The hotly contested election, which took place in November 2016, pitted some of the country’s most loved regions and capital cities for places on the board.

More than 35,000 votes were lodged across the campaign which saw SA come in third overall, behind NSW and Queensland.

Australians were invited to cast votes for their favourites, and led to some unexpected swings.

With 40 locations on the ballot, less than half a per cent separated the two top states and the two top properties.

Sydney cemented its position as Australia’s most expensive real estate, taking out the coveted blue Mayfair position with 6.3 per cent of the vote.

The Monopoly Australia election was the result of a combined collaboration between the world-famous game and the tourism office for each state and territory, which provided the shortlists of five key locations.

In the final tally, 22 regions were given the nod, with Queensland nipping at NSW’s heels to take out second spot for the Green property portfolio.

The Sunshine State championed its renowned holiday destinations, with the Whitsundays, Gold Coast and Tropical North Queensland all making the cut.

Across the board, Australians showed their love of leisure over loyalty to their capital cities.

In a surprise upset, only four states voted to showcase their capital cities.

“It’s been a real eye-opener watching the results come in,” Hasbro Australia’s Monopoly brand manager Tiffany Vibert said.

“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.”

The new edition celebrates Australian traditions and lifestyles in every aspect of play.

Six highly collectible Australian tokens are included: a barbeque, kangaroo, kookaburra, cricket bat, meat pie and a surf board rider, with Monopoly experts predicting fierce battles across the country to secure fresh favourites.

The Community Chest and Chance Cards also offer players the chance to sell their State-of-Origin tickets or sell their lamingtons at the school fete. 

Players can even collect a bundle if their nag wins the Melbourne Cup. 

Thanks to the overwhelming public interest in the election, Ms Vibert believes the all-new Monopoly Australia board will be highly sought-after and in time, a collector’s item.

The all-new Monopoly Australia edition will be available at leading toy and game retailers nationwide from June 15 at a RRP of $39.99.

The final tally

  • 1st place – NSW – 15.6pc
  • 2nd place – Queensland – 15.2pc
  • 3rd place – SA – 12.7pc
  • 4th place – ACT – 12.6pc
  • 5th place – Victoria – 12.4pc
  • 6th place – WA – 10.9pc
  • 7th place – Tasmania – 10.7pc
  • 8th place – NT – 10.1pc

Local Aussie flavour on CHANCE and Community Chest Cards

  • You sell your State of Origin tickets in an online auction for 150.
  • Prepare for the bushfire season. Clean the gutter on all your properties. For each house pay M25 and for each hotel pay 100.
  • Hit the surf, advance to Esperance. If you pass GO collection 200.
  • You lose a bet on the cricket with your mates. Pay each play 50.
  • You sell your homemade lamingtons at the school fete receive 25.
  • You have won second prize in a reality TV contest. Collect 10.
  • Your Council rates have increased. Pay 40 per house and 115 per hotel you own.
  • Your horse wins the office Melbourne Cup sweep. Collect 100.
  • Explore the Capital, Advance to Canberra. If you pass GO collect 200.
  • Go on a sightseeing tour in the outback. Pay 50.
  • Peak hour traffic. Go back three spaces.