Aussie tourism hotspots feature on Lonely Planet list

Uluru cracks top five of world’s ultimate travel destinations.

Nine Australian destinations have featured in a list of 500 of the world’s best travel experiences which feature in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List.

Lonley Planet said the second edition of the best-selling coffee table book was filled with the “most thrilling, memorable and interesting travel experiences in the world – ranked in order of brilliance”.

Leading the way for Australia are the Northern Territory’s Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which is ranked third on the list, and Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef which was ranked No.11.

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Hospitality Natasha Fyles said the recognition of Uluru confirmed what Territorians already knew.

 “Territorians know Uluru is one of the best places in the world, and now it is official according to Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List as voted on by industry experts,” said Ms Fyles.

“This is a huge honour and fantastic recognition for the Northern Territory. The ranking recognises the Traditional Owners, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management and tourism operators who work tirelessly to share stories and their culture with visitors.”
The top two spots were taken by Petra, Jordan, and The Galapagos Islands.


Lonely Planet spokesman Chris Zeiher said the list, produced every five years, included 200 new entries.
“We’ve all got a list of places that we want to see for ourselves – places friends have enthused about, places we’ve read about, dreamed about. This is our list,” Mr Zeiher said.

 “We also changed the way we calculated the list. For this edition, we rewarded extra points to sights that are managing tourism sustainably.”

The Great Barrier Reef.

Australia’s entries on the list have a strong outdoor flavour with national parks, marine parks, beaches and islands featuring.

“Three of my all-time favourite places to visit anywhere in the world happen to be in our own back yard and they’ve all made the list,” Mr Zeiher said.
 “The show-stopping Lord Howe Island, the vast and beguiling Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the often overlooked Kangaroo Island have all scored positions in the overall top 100 in this list of 500 – that’s such an exciting achievement.”

Australian destinations on the list:

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory (No.3).
  • Great Barrier Reef, Queensland (11).
  • Sydney Harbour and Opera House, New South Wales (26).
  • Lord Howe Island, New South Wales (58).
  • Kangaroo Island, South Australia (90).
  • Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay, Tasmania (93).
  • Silo Art Trail, Victoria (144).
  • Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia (147).
  • MoNA, Tasmania (380).

The top 10:

  1. Petra, Jordan.
  2. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
  3. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia.
  4. Okavango Delta, Botswana.
  5. Yellowstone National Park, USA.
  6. Lake Bled, Slovenia.
  7. Iguazu Falls, Argentina-Brazil.
  8. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia.
  9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.
  10. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

Click here for profiles on the top 10 

Top photo: Tourism Australia

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