By Rama Gaind

Canberra is the best!

THE nation’s capital is the only Australian city to be featured in the top 10 of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 publication.

Leading global travel authority Lonely Planet has announced Canberra as the third best city in the world to travel to in 2018.

Canberra is Lonely Planet’s number three city in the world to visit in 2018.
Photo: National Museum of Australia/VisitCanberra.

It’s the highest ranking an Australian city has ever received (as well as the only Australian city to make the list this year), there’s never been a better time to visit.

Sitting at number three – after Seville, Spain and Detroit, USA – Australia’s national capital has been described as being ‘unfairly overlooked’.

According to Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher, Australia’s national capital has been “criminally overlooked”.

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

“This is the first year that Canberra’s picturesque Manuka Oval will host an International Test cricket match, providing sporting fans the perfect excuse to visit Australia’s federal capital. Later in 2018 the Australian War Memorial will take centre stage as it hosts the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice.”

“Revitalised precincts such as NewActon and Braddon best illustrate Canberra’s new lease of life,” Chris said. “The deliciously decorated Hotel Hotel in NewActon is the epitome of new Canberra style, with materials such as reclaimed wood evoking the Australian landscape. NewActon is also home to A Baker, where the five-course ‘Just Feed Me’ and ‘Just Wine Me’ selections offer a perfect array of locally sourced produce and wine. Meanwhile, a brilliant blend of pop-up shops and lively cafes are sprinkled along Lonsdale Street in boutique Braddon.”

 Best in Travel 2018 is Lonely Planet’s 13th annual agenda-setting collection of the world’s hottest destinations, experiences and trends for the year ahead.

Cover of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018.

The best-selling inspirational travel yearbook highlights the top 10 cities, countries and regions that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travellers should experience in 2018.

Top 10 cities in 2018 are:

  1. Seville, Spain
  2. Detroit, USA
  3. Canberra
  4. Hamburg, Gemany
  5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  6. Antwerp, Belgium
  7. Matera, Italy
  8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  9. Guanajuato, Mexico
  10. Oslo, Norway

Canberra can now also be found on Lonely Planet’s Guides app – a trustworthy, free-of-charge travel companion that helps travellers find sights, cafes, shops and accommodation at the touch of a button.

…And there’s more

Australian destinations and attractions are also featured on five of the book’s other top lists for 2018, including:

  • Best New Places to Stay
  • 3) Thousand Lakes Lodge, Tasmania
  • Best Culture Trips for Families
  • 9) Brisbane, Australia
  • Destination Races
  • 10) Australian Outback Marathon, Northern Territory
  • Top-Five Travel Trend: Exploratory Cruises
  • The Kimberley, Western Australia
  • Top-Five Travel Trend: Cross-Generational Travel
  • Great Ocean Road, Victoria

So, if you’ve been to Canberra recently, thanks for helping to spread the word about everything there is to do in the nation’s capital. However, if it’s been a while between visits, then now is the time to start planning your trip. There is so much to do here … and you’ll leave with enduring memories!


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