Lonely Planet ‘Sees Red’ with their best in travel 2019
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 a very respectable fourth in the world alongside Piedmont, Italy (#1); The Catskills, USA (#2) and Northern Peru (#3).
Lonely Planet spokesperson, Chris Zeiher, said the Red Centre was so hot right now and not just with the fabulous spring weather.
“Our red heart is pumping with immersive cultural experiences, jaw-dropping scenery and once-in-alifetime experiences,” he said.
“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”.
“The Red Centre is the beating heart of Australia, a place of surprises, and one that leaves a profound mark on those who visit,” he said.
Tourism NT Deputy Chief Executive, Andrew Hopper, said Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel accolade would not only shine the global spotlight on the entire Red Centre – the MacDonnell Ranges, Kata Tjuta and Uluru, Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon – but also on the art, the culture, the characters and operators like Outback Ballooning who live and love what they do in Australia’s outback.
“On a visceral level, our national parks and tourism attractions offer spectacular natural, cultural geological, historical tourism and recreational values but, at its very heart, the Red Centre also provides incredible opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the world’s oldest continuous culture.”
“We’re incredibly grateful to the Lonely Planet team and thank them for their extreme good taste.” he laughed.
Lonely Planet Editor Tasmin Waby, who wrote the Red Centre chapter in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel publication, cited Alice Springs eclectic mix of quirky cafes, art galleries and events like the Henley-on-Todd, the Camel Cup and The Beanie festival as reasons to visit, alongside favourites like a pilgrimage to Uluru-Kata Tjuta
National Park, Bruce Munro’s Field of Light installation, Ayers Rock Resort’s astronomy and cultural activities and the clifftop walk along Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.
Lonely Planet recommends these unmissable NT experiences…
• Watch the sun rise and illuminate Uluru and then take a guided base walk.
• Discover the history of European colonisers and the Afghan cameleers who explored the Alice Springs and Hermannsburg regions.
• Take a meandering bush walk through colossal landscapes or embark on an epic early morning mountain bike ride.
• Soak up the local culture – café, art and quirky events – in Alice Springs.
• Spot wildlife in the West Macs.
• Take a clifftop walk along Kings Canyon.
• Don’t miss Bruce Munroe’s Field of Light or dine under the starts at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort’s award-winning Tali Wiru dinner.
Mr Hopper said Lonely Planet’s announcement was all about recognising the tourism operators and the Traditional Owners in Australia’s spiritual heartland who work hard to show visitors a great time.
“There’s so much diversity that you could spend weeks exploring and still only scratch the surface,” he said.
The Territory’s tropical north also made the cut in Best in Travel with the most visited park in the Top End, Litchfield National Park, included in Lonely Planet’s Best New Openings list for 2019.
The listing was in recognition of the work the Northern Territory government has done in developing and expanding adventure opportunities in the park.
To plan your Red Centre or Top End trip, visit www.northernterritory.com.
For more information: https://northernterritory.com/promotions/lonely-planet
How To Get Here You can fly to the Red Centre via Alice Springs or Connellan (Ayres Rock) airport from major Australian cities including Brisbane. Daily flights operate between Uluru, Alice Springs and Darwin and smaller flights are run by Airnorth between the regional centres. The Ghan rail journey, which celebrates its 90th anniversary next August, takes around 21 hours from Adelaide to Alice Springs.
Lonely Planet – Best in Travel 2019 Global travel authority Lonely Planet is the world’s #1 independent guidebook company and has been an essential resource for travellers for more than 40 years. Over the past 14 years, Lonely Planet has set the travel agenda for the next 12 months with the annual release of their ‘Best in Travel’ lists highlighting the destinations that will be hot in the year ahead. A select group of travel editors, authors and selected representatives from their travelling community chose the final Top 10 Countries, Cities, Regions and Top Ten Best Value Lists.