The latest in a series of annual publications, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 lists what the publisher’s staff and “travel geeks” consider the top 10 countries, regions, cities and best-value destinations, chosen for their “topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor”.
Australia’s Red Centre is listed fourth in the top regions (see images below), which also include Piedmont, Italy; The Catskills, USA; Northern Peru; Scotland’s Highlands and Islands; the Russian Far East; Gujarat, India; Manitoba, Canada; Normandy, France, and Elqui Valley, Chile.
“At the spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre is the country’s most recognised natural wonder, Uluru,” Lonely Planet says.
“In 2019, this sacred site is finally closing to climbers, almost 150 years after explorers decided to ‘conquer the rock’. Instead, visitors will find that this World Heritage site – recognised for its outstanding natural and cultural values – conquers them.”
Other Australian places which rate a mention in the guide include The Tasman luxury hotel in Hobart, as one of the best new places to stay, and Laura at Point Leo Estate on the Mornington Peninsula, as one of the best new food experiences.
“These are the places to experience in 2019”, says Lonely Planet’s spokesperson Chris Zeiher.
“They might be coming into their own, celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime event or simply have been overlooked for too long – whatever the reason, now is the time to plan a trip.”
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries for 2019 are:
- Sri Lanka
- São Tomé and Príncipe
The photos below illustrate Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 top 10 regions for 2019 (reproduced with permission from Lonely Planet © 2018).
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