We love our sunny city, and so does The Guardian, listing Brisbane as one of 40 hot holiday destinations for 2015.

The write-up on the influential UK site starts by noting that Brisbane was “once an overgrown country town” (harsh, but fair), before heaping praise upon our city for changing “beyond recognition” in recent years.

Referencing the fact that Brisbane was named Australia’s hippest city by Lonely Planet last year, The Guardian cites the rise of riverside restaurants such as Pony Dining on Eagle Street pier and Stokehouse Q at Southbank, as proof that Brisbane has arrived as one of the world’s 40 hottest holiday destinations.

The write-up also slaps ‘Brisvegas’ (groan) on the back for our “happening villages” and social hubs, including Fortitude Valley and the “once-seedy” Caxton Street. Tryp Hotel and Kwan Bros in the Valley, and Gambaro hotel and Lefty’s Oldtime Music Hall, are singled our for praise in particular.

It gives us the warm and fuzzies to see our city getting a well-deserved nod — and we might be biased, but we’d have to agree that Brisbane is one of the world’s greatest holiday destinations. Beyond our urban charms, not many cities can say they are in close proximity to pristine beaches, impressive mountain ranges, all manner of squeal-inducing theme parks, island resorts, and exotic hinterland.

Click here for the full list of other, not-quite-as-good-as-Brisbane holiday destinations that made the cut.