Lonely Planet has released its annual ‘Best in Travel’ list for 2017, ranking South Australia as the fifth best region to visit globally. Known as ‘Australia in a nutshell,’ the region has caught the eye of the distinguished travel journal for its wide array of offerings and easy accessibility.
Lonely Planet lauds South Australia’s diversity, with big cities, beautiful beaches, a scenic wine country and the famous Australian Outback all available for tourists to explore. As many major airline companies fly directly to Adelaide, visitors don’t need to worry about hours of excessive travel to reach their final destination either.
For those seeking adventure, recently opened Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a 66-kilometre walking trail along the coast. The trail offers breathtaking views from the bushland to the ocean and was listed on Lonely Planet’s ‘Best New Openings’ list.
Over the past few years, South Australia tourism has worked hard to showcase the region’s charm and boost the local economy. As a result, tourism jobs have grown 14% in the past two years and the region has seen major success with a record cruise ship season, Qatar and China Southern airlines beginning direct flights and being chosen to host World Routes 2019, the world’s largest aviation trade event.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell is thrilled that South Australia has been named on the prestigious list, and he’s excited that the opportunities the region presents are coming to light.
“We know that South Australia is a great place to live and home of some of the nation’s best events, and this major accolade will help thousands more people from interstate to overseas discover what our state has to offer,” said Bignell.