Forget Sydney, Byron Bay or the Gold Coast – because this slice of Australia has just been named one of the best places in the world to visit by Lonely Planet.
When it comes to vacationing in Queensland, it’s easy to get carried away by all that the expansive coastline has to offer.
Whether it’s relaxing in Noosa or scouring the islands around the Whitsundays, it’s no surprise that vacationers around the world are looking to the Sunshine State for just that.
But part of the state, which was devastated by bushfires between August and November 2019, has made a miraculous recovery and has now been named one of the top destinations to visit in 2022.
Set amidst the stunning scenery of lush rainforests and mountain ranges in an ancient volcano
caldera, Queensland’s Scenic Rim is a hidden haven of nature, food and adventure.
Just over an hour west of Brisbane and two hours from the Gold Coast, the area is teeming with quaint villages, luxury rural retreats, wineries, breweries and an abundance of local producers of paddock to the plate.
The Scenic Rim, with its streets of unique shops and markets, nature walks and dense rainforests, normally doesn’t have a problem attracting visitors as it is home to the listed Mount Barney National Park. world heritage.
But the publisher named the region as the only Australian destination on its “Best in Travel” list, placing it eighth in the top 10 of the annual roundup ranked by country, city and region.
The rugged Westfjords peninsula in Iceland won first place. Next come West Virginia in the United States, Xishuangbanna in the Chinese province of Yunnan, the heritage coast of Kent in the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Shikoku in Japan, the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Queensland Scenic Rim, Vancouver Island in Canada and Burgundy in France.
The prestigious list is curated by travel experts, staff, writers and bloggers.
Chris Zeiher of Lonely Planet said the appeal of the Scenic Rim is its âuntouchedâ and âdiverseâ ecological appeal and location.
âFrom amazing food and wine to amazing rainforest and bush walks and memorable places to stay, this is an unexpected pocket of Australia that has it all,â he said.
When it comes to the top 10 cities, no Australian destination managed to make the list, with Auckland taking the top spot followed by Taipei in Taiwan, Freiburg in Germany, Atlanta in the US, Lagos in Nigeria, Nicosia / Lefkosia in Cyprus, Dublin in Ireland, Merida in Mexico, Florence in Italy and to complete the top 10, Gyeongju in South Korea.
When it comes to the top 10 countries, Australia also failed to grab the top spots – with the Cook Islands winning the first crown, followed by Norway, Mauritius, Belize, Slovenia, Anguilla, Oman, Nepal, Malawi and Egypt.