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Lonely Planet’s best in travel names red centre among top regions

Australia’s red centre has been named among the top regions in Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel 2019 list!

And who can blame them with views like this?

The Olgas, Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park

The “spiritual heart of Australia” is the only Australasian destination to make Lonely Planet’s hotly contested Best in Travel lists of Top 10 Regions, Countries & Cities for 2019, and ranks a very respectable fourth in the world alongside Piedmont, Italy (#1); The Catskills, USA (#2) and Northern Peru (#3).

“Our red heart is pumping with immersive cultural experiences, jaw-dropping scenery and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, “Lonely Planet spokesperson, Chris Zeiher, said.

“The Red Centre is the beating heart of Australia, a place of surprises, and one that leaves a profound mark on those who visit.”

Tourism NT Deputy Chief Executive, Andrew Hopper, said Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel accolade would not only shine the global spotlight on the entire Red Centre – the MacDonnell Ranges, Kata Tjuta and Uluru, Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon – but also on the art, the culture, the characters and operators like Outback Ballooning who live and love what they do in Australia’s outback.

“On a visceral level, our national parks and tourism attractions offer spectacular natural, cultural geological, historical tourism and recreational values but, at its very heart, the Red Centre also provides incredible opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the world’s oldest continuous culture.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to the Lonely Planet team and thank them for their extreme good taste.” he laughed.

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