Lonely Planet has named Canberra as one of the world’s best cities to visit in 2018.

The capital of Australia has placed third in the Best in Travel 2018 cities’ list, encouraging travellers and tourists to experience the best Australia has to offer.

Best in Travel 2018 is Lonely Planet’s 13th annual travel-planner collection of the world’s most interesting and scenic destinations, experiences and trends for the year ahead.

Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities 2018 are, in order: Seville, Spain; Detroit, USA; Canberra, Australia; Hamburg, Germany; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Antwerp, Belgium; Matera, Italy; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Guanajuato, Mexico, and Oslo, Norway.

“Criminally overlooked Canberra packs a big punch for such a small city,” said Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher. “National treasures are found round almost every corner and exciting new boutique precincts have emerged, bulging with gastronomic highlights and cultural must-dos.”

“Revitalised precincts such as NewActon and Braddon best illustrate Canberra’s new lease of life,” said Zeiher. “The deliciously decorated Hotel Hotel in NewActon is the epitome of new Canberra style, with materials such as reclaimed wood evoking the Australian landscape.”

Some of the nation’s noted destination include the Australian War Memorial, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018 of the World War I Armistice.

A cricket test match will be held on the Manuka Oval for the first time.

A significant mark on Australia’s history, Reconciliation Day will be added on the state holiday calendar to acknowledge the start of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

As a central focal point of Australian identity, Canberra brings together the best of Australian culture, food, architecture and business and brings them all into limelight.

The detailed, full list of cities, countries and regions of the world from Lonely Planet can be found here.

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