Surprise Aussie spots make New York Times’ best places to travel list 2022

Each year the New York Times reveals their top 52 picks for the best world destinations.

It’s one of the most respected travel lists worldwide, and two surprise Australian destinations nabbed a spot on the countdown.

This year, the New York Times ‘52 Best Places to Travel’ sought destinations around the globe where travellers could be part of the solution.

“Our annual list of destinations to visit this year looks at spots where visitors can be part of the solution to problems like overtourism and climate change,” wrote The New York Times.

So which world destinations topped the list and which Aussie destinations made the cut?

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Chioggia is dubbed as Venice’s doppleganger © Canva

Start brushing up on your Italian because swooping in first place is the seaside town of Chioggia.

Known as “piccola Venezia” or little Venice, Chioggia is a historical centre filled with architectural beauties.

The ancient town offers relief to Venice which is at risk of overtourism following the pandemic. New York Times pins the “miniature Venice is a delightful alternative for travelers looking for a lesser-known destination.”

Priceless ancient rock paintings, secluded sacred mountains and magnificent wildlife secured the silver for Chimanimani National Park in Mozambique.

Rounding out the top three on the best world destinations list is Queens, New York. New York Times applauds the city’s food culture, describing it as “the world a la carte and available at the price of a subway ride.”

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Queens New York – where you can get the world on a plate © Canva

Putting Australia on the map

Summerland Peninsula sits at number 24 on the top 52 list. Phillip Island is home to the largest colony of the world’s smallest penguins.

If you’ve ever been to Phillip Island you’d know the ‘penguin parade’ is its biggest drawcard.

New York Times praises the Victorian tourist spot for putting the environment first…the rest of the world, take note.

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Visitors wait patiently for Phillip Island’s penguin parade © Canva

Last but certainly not least, at number 52 on the list is Australia’s very own Daintree Rainforest.

The 180-million-year-old UNESCO world heritage site is in northern Queensland. Among its 2,600-square-kiolmetres you will find “sparkling rivers, copious wildlife and lush tropical flora, all of which tumble down to white sand beaches that abut the Great Barrier Reef.”

“A rainforest returned to it Indigenous owners lets visitors learn about their culture and stewardship of the land,” wrote The New York Times.

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