Top Attractions to visit in 2017

Pinky Beach, Rottnest Island. <br /><br />Please note: Image must be used for Rottnest Island destination only.

The world’s most exciting new openings for this year has been released by Travel media company Lonely Planet

In the annual New in Travel 2017 collection, Lonely Planet’s Travel News team has compiled a list of the upcoming new attractions on their radar, then hand-picked and ranked 35 of the most anticipated, intriguing, not-to-be-missed openings in 2017.

This is exciting times for Australia, as two of its destinations are featured in the top ten hit list!

Lonely Planet’s New in Travel 2017 Top 10


  1. Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia – It’s not just current American politics that’s divided; Philly’s new museum will be an unmissable experience about a tumultuous period that shaped a nation:

  1. Lava, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland– This state-of-the-art centre will feature an earthquake simulator and a viewing platform overlooking the volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull, Katla and Hekla: lavacenter.is2













  1. Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, South Australia – The soon-to-be-iconic trail will take you around some of this South Australian island’s most spectacular landscapes:


  1. Musées Yves Saint Laurent Paris and Marrakesh, France and Morocco– Two museums are set to open in honour of the iconic fashion designer.4


  1. Akagera National Park, Rwanda – Volcanoes National Park is famous for its gorillas in the mist, but Akagera is the park making headlines for reintroducing black rhinos. 5


  1. American Writers Museum – The new museum in Chicago will offer a look into how US literature has documented and influenced American culture: americanwritersmuseum.org6


  1. Cruise (all over the world) – The Viking Sun, a 141-day journey from Miami to London, will set sail and stop at 66 different locales, including Cuba and Bora Bora.7


  1. Pinky’s Eco Retreat & Beach Club on Rottnest Island, Western Australia – The glamping retreat will include dozens of luxury, family and backpacker tents.Rottnest Island 2014


  1. Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru– South America’s first sleeper train will travel one of the world’s highest rail routes, through the Peruvian Alps, Lake Titicaca and Cuzco:


  1. Design Society, Shēnzhèn, China –The Shékŏu area will welcome a brand new cultural hub, focusing on 20th and 21st century design in collaboration with London’s renowned V&A Museum (Exhibits in 2017 and 2018)

The series of New in Travel 2017 articles are published now on


images via Lonely Planet 

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