26 September 2023

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Australia Travel List

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Price: $39.99.

What’s your #1 travel experience in Australia? For the first time, the team at Lonely Planet and its panel of industry experts, have ranked the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across the land – to create this definitive travel wishlist.

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Australia Travel List is the regional follow-up to the bestselling Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List and a must-own coffee table book for both residents, and travellers to Australia, who want to discover the country’s most iconic sights and activities.

Learn about Indigenous culture and traditions, savour local flavours at world renowned eateries, have ethical interactions with native wildlife, swim in turquoise waters at picture-perfect beaches and explore the breathtaking beauty of natural landscapes.

With beautiful photos, insightful commentary and details of how to visit each place, this is your essential guide to exploring the very best of Australia’s travel experiences.

Discover huge monoliths, world-class cultural collections, the world’s largest living organism, walks along coastal cliffs and meandering drives – and that’s just the top five!

The top 20 experiences are:

  1. Uluru, NT
  2. MONA, Tas
  3. Great Barrier Reef, Qld
  4. Great Ocean Road, Vic
  5. Three Capes Track, Tas
  6. Bungle Bungles, WA
  7. Daintree National Park, Qld
  8. Kangaroo Island, SA
  9. Dark Sky Park, Warrambungle, NSW
  10. Vivid Festival Sydney, NSW
  11. Wilson’s Promontory National Park, VIC
  12. Kakadu National Park, NT
  13. Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park, Tas
  14. Grampian National Park, Vic
  15. Bondi to Coogee Clifftop Walk, NSW
  16. Kata Tjuta, NT
  17. Port Campbell National Park, Vic
  18. Rottnest Island, WA
  19. Manly Ferry, NSW
  20. Museum of Underwater Art, Qld

Each entry listed gives a taste of what to expect from the sight or experience, plus some practical advice to start planning your own trip. Much more than just a list of obvious sites, discover eclectic and different experiences including museums, galleries, wineries, little known alleys, pubs and places that will surprise and inspire.

In addition, 10 guest Australian celebrities reveal their top five places. Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Australia Travel List is much more than just a destination guide.

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