The Northern Territory has struck the travel jackpot after winning a top ten spot in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities to see in 2012.
Announcing the win today, Darwin ranked alongside other popular cities including London, Muscat, Bengaluru, Cádiz, Stockholm, Guimarães, Santiago, Hong Kong and Orlando.
Describing the region as hosting the special X-Factor for travellers, Northern Territory Tourism Minister Malarndirri McCarthy said the selection will usher travellers in to see the “must visit holiday destination”.
“Our modern multicultural city boasts a vibrant waterfront development and an easygoing outdoor lifestyle. Our myriad of al fresco bars and restaurants, wharf eateries and local beach-side markets feature a melting pot of Asian foods, Aboriginal and Tiwi Art, fragrant flowers and tropical fruits,” Ms McCarthy described.
“Darwin’s attractions include an inner city nightlife – famous for thousands of visitors partying in the streets – and a gateway to world famous national parks and cultural heritage sites.”
An excerpt from Lovely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 publication read that Darwin offers a “nocturnal scene” with “magical markets and restaurants”.
“It’s now a hip city to visit,” it read.
Also making the list for Top 10 regions is New Zealand’s very own Southern Lakes.
Ranking eight on the list, Lonely Planet described the southern region of New Zealand as an “adventure play land”.
“There’re nonstop outdoor activities year-round in the resort towns of Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau, as well as the surrounding mountains, lakes and parks… Where else can you ski in the morning and golf or water ski in the afternoon?” an excerpt read.
“Add excellent wineries and superb restaurants and what more is there to say?”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J