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Red Centre Named in Lonely Planet’s Top 5 Regions to Visit

Min Lauren Moss and LPs Chris Zeiher

Lonely Planet has set the global travel agenda for the coming year and the Northern Territory’s iconic Red Centre has emerged as one of the ‘Top Five Regions’ on the planet to travel to in 2019.

The “spiritual heart of Australia” is the only Australasian destination to make Lonely Planet’s hotly contested Best in Travel lists of Top 10 Regions, Countries & Cities for 2019, and ranks fourth in the world alongside Piedmont, Italy (#1); The Catskills, USA (#2) and Northern Peru (#3). 

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said “the announcement is about recognising the Traditional Owners and tourism operators in Australia’s spiritual heartland who work tirelessly to share stories and culture with visitors.” 

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel shines the global spotlight on the entire Red Centre –the MacDonnell Ranges, on Kata Tjuta, on Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon, in addition to the unique art, culture, characters and operators in Australia’s outback.

"The Red Centre is the beating heart of Australia, a place of surprises, and a destination that leaves a profound impression on those who visit. Dine under the stars with a bush-tucker inspired menu at the brilliant Tali Wiru dining experience at Uluru Ayers Rock Resort. Catch your breath as you watch sunrise over the iconic formations of Uluru and Kata-Tjuta.  Marvel at the breath-taking and seemingly impossible oasis that unfolds within Kings Canyon” said Lonely Planet spokesperson, Chris Zeiher.

Litchfield National Park, the most visited park in the Top End, was included in Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel Honours for 2019 for Best New Openings. In addition, Darwin’s Royal Flying Doctor Service attraction is highlighted in the book’s “Top Trend” feature on “Augmented Attractions.”

The listing reinforces that the Northern Territory continues to deliver as an inspiring destination and it has never been more attractive for business events with exciting new products coming online, a raft of refurbishments and improvements at venues in Central Australia and the Top End and strong growth in aviation connections from domestic and international carriers.


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