Lonely Planet has named their top destinations in the world to visit in 2018, with Canberra ranking third on the exclusive cities list, which saw Seville, Spain and Detroit, USA take out first and second place, respectively.
At number three, Canberra has achieved the highest ever listing of any Australian city in Lonely Planet’s annual global publication Best in Travel 2018.
“This is a significant acknowledgement of the evolution of our city in the past few years,” ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA says.
“Our focus on connecting Canberra internationally, through direct international flights and attempts to attract international business to the Territory, is clearly working and putting our city on the map.”
Featuring some of Australia’s best national attractions, world-class food and wine, and unprecedented access to some of the best natural settings Australia has to offer, Canberra has so much to offer visitors from around the world.
Each year, a panel of Lonely Planet’s international travel experts contribute to their Best in Travel 2018 guide, compiling a list of the world’s most travel-worthy locations, scoring each destination on topicality, excitement and the ‘x-factor’.
Author of the publication’s Canberra chapter, Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher says Canberra is the perfect choice for such an accolade.
“Canberra is a bit of a hidden gem that has been hiding in plain sight.
“With endless family-friendly and adventure activities, opportunities to connect with nature or indulge in a range of gastronomic delights, along with a smorgasbord of cultural, artistic and sporting events, Canberra should be on everybody’s 2018 travel wish list.”