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Sydney ranked TripAdvisor’s best destination in the South Pacific

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

TripAdvisor has released a list of some of the best destinations in the world, as voted by users of the platform.

In a 180-degree turn-around from TimeOut’s recent study, Sydney was rated favourite in the South Pacific.

The Gold Coast, Auckland, Melbourne and Queenstown rounded out the top five best for the region.

Aerial view of twilight Queenstown. Suitable for tour image. This is the most popular and famous tourist destination and attraction in New Zealand. This image is taken from hill top.
Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, was rated the fifth best destination in the South Pacific. The town is home to Milford Sound, Lake Wakatipu and hobbits.

Winners of the Travellers’ Choice awards are determined on a yearly basis by analysing the millions of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide.

Port Douglas beach and ocean on sunny day, Queensland, Australia
Port Douglas, Far North Queensland, came in at 10th on the Best Destinations – South Pacific. The town on the Coral Sea is known for its sprawling Four Mile Beach (iStock.com/Mountain Leon).

For the full list of the South Pacific’s top-rated destinations by TripAdvisor users for 2019, click here.

Sydney also featured in the top 25 best destinations worldwide, taking 24th place ahead of Tel Aviv, Israel.

The best place to visit in 2019, according to TripAdvisor users, is London. In a seperate study, the capital of Britain was also rated among the world’s best destinations for foodies.

Four of the top five best destinations are found in Europe, including Paris, Rome and Crete, in addition to Bali, which came in at fifth for the best destinations worldwide.

Surprisingly, New York City (13th) and Tokyo (16th) did not feature in the top 10.

Here’s TripAdvisor’s top 25 destinations list in full:

  1. London, United Kingdom
  2. Paris, France
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Crete, Greece
  5. Bali, Indonesia
  6. Phuket, Thailand
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. Istanbul, Turkey
  9. Marrakech, Morocco
  10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  11. Prague, Czech Republic
  12. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  13. New York City, New York
  14. Jamaica
  15. Hanoi, Vietnam
  16. Tokyo, Japan
  17. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  18. Lisbon, Portugal
  19. Kathmandu, Nepal
  20. Jaipur, India
  21. Hurghada, Egypt
  22. Hong Kong, China
  23. Cusco, Peru
  24. Sydney, Australia
  25. Tel Aviv, Israel.

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