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.