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).