Often considered the pinnacle of travel literature out there – Conde Nast Traveler is the world-renowned go-to for top-quality information about all facets of travel.
That’s why it’s a major feather in the cap of Australian tourism to be named the ‘Top Travel Destination of 2016.’
With close to 200 set countries worldwide – many with incredible beauty and many famous drawcards – this is a major accolade for Australia.
Then again, what’s not to love about this vast expanse of eclectic, stunning land we call home?
Last year, Australia welcomed over 7 million visitors to our shores, and with this new title awarded to us, this number is only set to increase in the coming years.
Few countries offer the diverse attraction that Australia does. Considered an island, a continent and a country all on its own, Australia can tick almost every possible landscape or climate off it’s list.
From the dry, arid climate of the Red Centre to the tropical humidity of Far North Queensland, the chilly year-round temperatures of mountainous Tasmania to the “four seasons in one day” climate you’ll find in Melbourne – we have it all.
Climate aside, we also lay claim to being one of few countries that offer an immense coastline, complete with the largest coral reef in the world – The Great Barrier Reef – and numerous pristine islands of white sand and crystal clear waters dotting its perimeter. A few hours’ flight away and you can be in the centre of a desert that ranks as one of the driest, harshest landscapes in the world, where you are easily able to travel for days at a time without passing any other travellers or driving through any towns.
Included in their decision, Conde Nast also ranked Australian wildlife as another reason visiting Australia is a must. Australia is famous for it’s wildlife – from iconic native animals such as koalas, kangaroos and platypuses, the often-feared array of poisonous snakes and spiders, and the ability to view marine life from numerous locations across the country. Whale-watching, penguin parades and swimming with sharks are just a few drawcards for dare-devil travellers looking to visit the Australian coastline. Seeing Australia’s flora and fauna first-hand really is something to check off the bucket list.
In a surprise move, Conde Nast has named the small, inland Australian capital city of Canberra as its ‘capital of cool’, and also ranked the thriving metropolis of Melbourne as a foodie’s dream.
Australia offers so much diversity and beauty in the one country, it’s no wonder that Conde Nast awarded it the influential title of ‘Top Travel Destination of 2016.’ So what are you waiting for?
Our Road Trips blog is the ultimate guide for planning a trip no matter what corner of Australia you are heading to.
Once you’ve got your list of must-see natural sights, organise the right vehicle rental for you from any one of our conveniently-located pick-up and drop-off points nationwide and head off to see just what everyone is raving about.