Territorians have always known we live in the best region on earth, but it’s nice to have it recognised on the global stage. Global travel authority Lonely Planet has chosen The Red Centre, Australia as one of the world’s Top 10 Regions for next year in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019, released today.
Best in Travel 2019 is Lonely Planet’s 14th annual agenda-setting collection of the world’s hottest destinations, experiences and trends for the year ahead. The best-selling inspirational travel yearbook highlights the top 10 regions, cities and countries that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travellers experience in 2019.
The Red Centre, Australia is ranked fourth on the book’s list of Top 10 Regions 2019.
“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.”
“Learn about the unique world view of the traditional custodians of this place,” the book encourages, “and see the stars and the desert with new eyes. Explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock and the Olgas), Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) and Alice Springs nearby.”
Have you booked a holiday for next year yet? The Red Centre should be at the top of your list (ignore numbers 1-3 and skip straight to 4). You’re in for a trip of a lifetime.
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Regions for 2019 are:
1. Piedmont, Italy
2. The Catskills, USA
3. Northern Peru
4. The Red Centre, Australia
5. Scotland’s Highlands and Islands
6. Russian Far East
7. Gujarat, India
8. Manitoba, Canada
9. Normandy, France
10. Elqui Valley, Chile