It’s official: Bali is the world’s favourite holiday destination

Sarah Neate 22 March 2017 NEWS

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The Aussie holidaymaker favourite has topped the list of TripAdvisor's 2017 Traveller's Choice awards -- for the best destination in the whole world.

The list, released this morning, touts the 10 best destinations in the world, in addition to providing a list per region.

The world's favourite destinations include a fair few historic European cities, with Rome, London, Paris and Barcelona appearing in the top ten, alongside beach-break hotspots Phuket and Crete.

Atmospheric Bali takes the number one spot thanks to its suitability for "both adventurers and those in need of a little relaxation", says TripAdvisor.

"The waters off the coast of Bali's white beaches are an ideal spot for diving, while the dense jungles, teeming with monkeys and hidden stone temples, call out for exploration" praises TripAdvisor, "then coax your sore muscles back into action with a massage at one of Bali's many luxury spas".

Sadly, Australia didn't make the top ten destinations list for the world, but the Aussie-specific top ten is chocka full of our favourite getaways. The number one and two slots have gone to Sydney and Melbourne, but it's number three that we thought was one of our best-kept secrets: World Heritage-listed Lord Howe island. Only 400 tourists at a time are allowed on this nature-laden island, which is 600km off the coast of northern New South Wales. Lonely Planet describes the island's scenery as looking like a "Bond villain's lair with two lofty mountains overlooking an idyllic lagoon".

Fifty percent list is made up of Queensland hotspots, with places like Magnetic Island and Noosa making an appearance.

There's also two Western Australian boltholes (for the first time) taking a spot - Exmouth and Margaret River come in at places seven and nine.

TripAdvisor’s 10 best-rated destinations in Australia:

  1. Sydney, New South Wales
  2. Melbourne, Victoria
  3. Lord Howe Island
  4. Gold Coast, Queensland
  5. Magnetic Island, Queensland
  6. Noosa, Queensland
  7. Margaret River, Western Australia
  8. Port Douglas, Queensland
  9. Exmouth, Western Australia
  10. Airlie Beach, Queensland

TripAdvisor's 10 best-rated destinations in the world:

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. London, United Kingdom
  3. Paris, France
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. New York City, USA
  6. Crete, Greece
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  9. Prague, Czech Republic
  10. Phuket, Thailand

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