Lonely Planet has chosen Australia’s The Red Centre as one of the world’s Top 10 Regions for next year in Lonely Planet’s latest release Best in Travel 2019.

Best in Travel 2019 is Lonely Planet’s 14th annual agenda-setting collection of the world’s hottest destinations, experiences and trends for the year ahead. The best-selling inspirational travel yearbook highlights the top 10 regions, cities and countries that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travellers experience in 2019.

The Red Centre is ranked fourth on the book’s list of Top 10 Regions 2019. “At the spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre is the country’s most recognised natural wonder, Uluru,” Lonely Planet says. “In 2019, this sacred site is finally closing to climbers, almost 150 years after explorers decided to ‘conquer the rock’. Instead, visitors will find that this World Heritage site – recognised for its outstanding natural and cultural values – conquers them.”

Other Australian destinations and attractions to be ranked on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 lists include Litchfield National Park, Hobart’s The TasmanLaura at Mornington Peninsula and Live Wire Park, Victoria. In addition, Darwin’s Royal Flying Doctor Service attraction is highlighted in the book’s Top Trends feature on Augmented Attractions, while Queensland’s Electric Super Highway is showcased as one the The Great Places for Electric Road-Tripping. Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel lists start with nominations from Lonely Planet’s vast community of editors, researchers, locals and influencers, and ultimately are decided and ranked by a panel of judges. The outcome is an eclectic list of destinations with unique, compelling and topical reasons to visit in the year ahead – as well as underlying travel trends to look for. “These are the places to experience in 2019”, says Lonely Planet’s spokesperson Chris Zeiher. “They might be coming into their own, celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime event or simply have been overlooked for too long – whatever the reason, now is the time to plan a trip.”

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