Move over Sydney and Melbourne — Canberra has knocked our biggest cities off their perches and been named the best Australian city for travel in 2018 and a top 10 city in the world.
Ranked third on international travel guide Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel — Top Cities list for 2018, it is the only Aussie city to make the top 10 and the highest an Australian city has ever appeared on the hotly contested* list.
With outstanding scores from Lonely Planet’s travel experts in topicality*, excitement and X-factor for next year, our capital city was beaten only by Spain’s Seville in first place and Detroit in the US in second place.
“Criminally overlooked Canberra packs a big punch for such a small city,” writes Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher who credited the city for its new developments, gastronomic* experiences, national treasures and cultural offerings.
“This is the first year that Canberra’s picturesque Manuka Oval will host an International Test cricket match, providing sporting fans the perfect excuse to visit Australia’s federal capital,” he writes.
“Later in 2018 the Australian War Memorial will take centre stage as it hosts the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice*.”
Other Australian destinations and attractions featured on Lonely Planet’s other top lists for 2018.
Brisbane ranks ninth on the Best Culture Trips For Families list.
“For a taste of the uber-relaxed, outdoorsy, barbecue-loving culture that is quintessentially* Australian, a trip to Brisbane hits the right notes for those with kids,” wrote Lonely Planet.
Victoria’s Great Ocean Road featured on the Cross-Generational Travel list.
“Take it in turns behind the wheel (or back-seat driving) on a spectacular coastal road trip.”
Squeezing in at No. 10 on the Destination Races list was the Australian Outback Marathon, Northern Territory.
“Go ‘walkabout’ in the Australian Outback at this marathon in the shadow of legendary Uluru. The relatively flat course is along the area’s red dirt fire access trails, though the occasional sand dune will put a dent in your stride (as will views of Kata Tjuta and Uluru).”
Chile was named the top country to visit in 2018 and Belfast and the Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland the top region to visit next year.
LONELY PLANET’S TOP 10 CITIES 2018
- Seville, Spain
- Detroit, US
- Canberra, Australia
- Hamburg, Germany
- Kaohsiung, Taiwan
- Antwerp, Belgium
- Matera, Italy
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Guanajuato, Mexico
- Oslo, Norway
hotly contested: argued over
gastronomic: food and drink
WWI Armistice: signed agreement to stop the war
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CLASSROOM AND VCOP ACTIVITIES
1.. Travel brochure
Create a short travel brochure for Canberra showing visitors what the city has to offer.
You can use information from the article as well as other information you find.
Extension: Write a sentence about your suburb or town that describes why it is a great place to visit.
You may need to rewrite your sentence several times to get it just right.
Time: allow 45 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English , Big Write, VCOP
2. Where’s that?
Find the top five cities in Lonely Planet’s list on a map or globe.
Research and write down one interesting fact about each of them.
Extension: What do you think makes a great city?
Imagine that you are a writer working for Lonely Planet.
Come up with some categories that you would score the cities you visit on and then decide how many points should be available for each category.
Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Geography, Critical and Creative Thinking, Big Write, VCOP
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