Australia scores 10 spots on Lonely Planet’s ultimate travel guide

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Ten of the world’s all-time best places to visit are in Australia, according to Lonely Planet, with Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef taking second place in the global travel authority’s Ultimate Travelist of the 500 of the best places to visit.

The travel guide’s definitive list outlines the most memorable and interesting places in the world ranked in order of brilliance.

Published today, the list was compiled from highlights found in Lonely Planet’s beloved guidebooks over the years and voted on by the Lonely Planet community.

In addition to the Great Barrier Reef, nine other Australian sites were listed include the 12 Apostles and Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which beat London’s Tate Modern to make the top 20.

Uluru was 33rd while the Sydney Opera House came in 55th. The other Aussie spots are Cradle Mountain (32), Kakadu National Park (56), Blue Mountains National Park (202), Ningaloo Marine Park(265), Port Arthur (416).

The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia was rated number one on the list.

Great Barrier Reef ranked 2nd on list of ‘Best Places in the World’

Ten of the world’s all-time best places to visit are apparently right here in Australia

That’s according to leading travel company, Lonely Planet, on their ‘Ultimate Travelist’ which has been released today.

The company says the list is their ‘definitive wish-list of the 500 most thrilling, memorable and interesting places in the world’.

The top 10 places in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist are:

  1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia: “Angkor isn’t just an interesting ruin – it’s a spiritual epiphany in stone.”
  2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia: “This vital ecosystem enthrals all who visit, with abundant bird life and countless tropical islands and beaches.”
  3. Machu Picchu, Peru: “No-one really knows what happened here. Wander wide-eyed around the mysterious mountain metropolis in a liberating knowledge vacuum”
  4. Great Wall of China: “A few rugged souls trek the entire length of the wall, but even if you pick just one section, you’ll be humbled by its aura of indestructibility.”
  5. Taj Mahal, India: “There’s no other building in India that so perfectly encapsulates the attitudes and atmosphere of its era.”
  6. Grand Canyon National Park, USA: “Come here to hike, to raft the wild Colorado River, to spot condors, black bears and elk, or simply to marvel.”
  7. Colosseum, Italy: “Two millennia on, the hold it exerts over anyone who steps foot inside is as powerful as ever.”
  8. Iguazú Falls, Brazil – Argentina: “Big? These falls are mind-bogglingly mighty: tourist boats that ply the foaming plunge pools below look like matchsticks.”
  9. Alhambra, Spain: “Put simply, this is Spain’s most beautiful monument.”
  10. Aya Sofya, Turkey: “Like the beautiful city in which it stands, Aya Sofya represents a unique crossroads of continents and faiths.”

In addition to the Great Barrier Reef there are nine other Australian destinations on the list, including 12 Apostles (#12), Hobart’s Museum of Old & New Art (#20), Cradle Mountain (#32), Uluru (#33), Kakadu National Park (#56), Sydney Opera House (#57), Blue Mountains National Park (#202), Ningaloo Marine Park (#265), and Port Arthur (#416).

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