Lonely Planet: Best destination in Asia Pacific revealed (and it’s Australian)

Scenic landscape of vineyard winery grape picking at sunset light. Happy blonde woman with open arms enjoys the harvest at Wilyabrup in Margaret River known as the wine region in Western Australia.

Lonely Planet has named Margaret River and southern Western Australia as its number-one Asia Pacific destination to visit in 2019!

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Expanded this year to include Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Best in Asia Pacific is Lonely Planet’s fourth annual list of the region’s 10 best destinations to visit in the next 12 months.

Announcing Margaret River and southern WA’s top-ranking, Lonely Planet said that with direct flights now on offer from London to Perth, as well as coveted food, wine and accessible attractions across the state, Western Australia has a lot to offer travellers in 2019:

“Take one look at Meelup Beach and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life: the West Australian bush parts to reveal ocean the hue of a Bombay Sapphire bottle, which is typical of the coastline stretching from Margaret River to the state’s south.

Beyond the sand, some of the country’s slickest wineries, breweries and restaurants lie between tracts of tall-tree forest and kangaroo-dotted farmland,” the travel authority said.

Sugarloaf Rock, Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia.

Sugarloaf Rock, Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia.

Here’s the rest of Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia Pacific: 

  1. Margaret River and southern WA, Australia
  2. Shikoku, Japan
  3. Bay of Islands and Northland, New Zealand
  4. Singapore
  5. The Cook Islands
  6. Central Vietnam
  7. Fiji
  8. Palawan, Philippines
  9. Beijing, China
  10. Cambodia

Western Australia is becoming a hit internationally, with Perth’s Crawley Edge Boatshed the city’s most photographed building and a landmark attraction for influencers and global tourists. As a matter of fact, due to its surge in popularity, the city will reportedly fork out a few hundred thousand dollars for ‘upgrades’.

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