Name a more iconic natural structure than Uluru, I’ll wait. Apparently Lonely Planet is on my wavelength, because they just placed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in third place on their ‘Best Places to See in the World’ list for 2020.
Each year, Lonely Planet asks everyone — from their own staff to their online followers to social media influencers — to weigh in on the best places to see. They then ask a panel of travel experts to narrow the results down to decide the absolute best.
Lonely Planet officials confirmed the news with Tourism NT, although the full list hasn’t been revealed yet. We do know that Uluru placed behind Petra in Jordan and the Galapagos Islands, however.
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“It’s hands-down one of my favourite places to visit anywhere in the world…and we’re lucky enough to have it in our own backyard,” said Chris Zeiher from Lonely Planet. “For me, it’s the depth of experiences and connections that the Park offers that makes it such a valuable and unforgettable travel experience”.
“Whether it’s watching in quiet awe as the colours of Uluru change during sunset or embarking on the incredibly rewarding Valley of the Winds walk in Kata Tjuta this is one of those very special places that will profoundly touch any individual lucky enough to visit”.
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The full list will be released in the second edition of the popular coffee table book, Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List, alongside eight other Australian experiences and a total of 500 experiences from across the world. Go us!
This year, things have been a little strange. Thanks to a worldwide pandemic, travel tastes and trends changed a lot in light of travel restrictions — even just from the start of 2020 until now. So the new list reflects these changes. In fact, Uluru climbed a massive 30 spots higher, from 33rd position just last year.
“This is well deserved and fantastic recognition for the Northern Territory, recognising the Traditional Owners, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management and tourism operators who work tirelessly to share stories and their culture with visitors,” Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Natasha Fyles, said in a statement.
“It’s been a tough year for tourism operators here in the NT and across the country, but there has never been a better time for domestic visitation to the Territory for most of our Southern counterparts thanks to our biggest ever domestic campaign, the NT Summer Sale“.
Time for a trip, in my humble opinion.
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Kassia is the Editor of AWOL, and a straight-up travel addict. She was born without a sense of direction, yet an intense desire to explore the world. As such, she's lost 90% of the time but she's learned to roll with it. You can catch her latest adventures on Instagram @probably_kassia.