The 500 best places on the planet to visit have now been revealed, creating the definitive travel bucket list.
Lonely Planet’s globetrotting community of staff and writers have ranked the 500 best places to see on the planet, creating the definitive bucket list for every type of traveller.
And, in good news for Australians who are too lazy to venture overseas, three Aussie locations have made it onto the coveted top 20 list.
The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia were the undisputed champion, topping the list at number one. Described as the “Hindu heaven on earth”, this complex of more than 1,000 temples, shrines and tombs that form a virtual city of spires in the jungles of northern Cambodia, takes the crown.
To create Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist, Lonely Planet’s team of travel experts and authors on the ground rated the world’s best mega-sights and hidden gems.
Ranked in order of their brilliance, Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist highlights the places the experts at Lonely Planet believe every traveller must experience.
The British Museum in London , founded in 1753, comes in 15th on the list and includes artefacts that date back millions of years and was visited by over six million people last year.
It houses around eight million items and was included in the top 20 due to it being “the greatest treasure house of Europe”.
Several other landmarks from the UK and Ireland are also not to be missed. According to Lonely Planet, who have been guiding travellers on the road since 1973, 13 of the world’s all-time best places to visit are in England, 12 are in Scotland, seven are in Wales, four in Ireland and two in Northern Ireland.
The top 20 of the Lonely Planet travel list are:
1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
4. Great Wall of China, China
5. Taj Mahal, India
6. Grand Canyon National Park, USA
7. Colosseum, Italy
8. Iguazu Falls, Brazil-Argentina
9. Alhambra, Spain
10. Aya Sofya, Turkey
11. Fez Medina, Morocco
12. Twelve Apostles, Australia
13. Petra, Jordan
14. Tikal, Guatemala
15. British Museum, England
16. Sagrada Familia, Spain
17. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
18. Santorini, Greece
19. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
20. Museum of Old & New Art, Australia
From the list, Australia’s top 10 ‘ultimate’ sights are
- Great Barrier Reef, Queensland (Number 2)
- 12 Apostles, Victoria (Number 12)
- Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania (Number 20)
- Cradle Mountain, Tasmania (Number 32)
- Uluru, Northern Territory (Number 33)
- Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory (Number 56)
- Sydney Opera House, New South Wales (Number 57)
- Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales (Number 202)
- Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia (Number 265)
- Port Arthur, Tasmania (Number 416)