Lonely Planet names QLD’s Scenic Rim one of the best travel sites for 2022

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An almost unknown corner of Queensland has been named one of the top 10 places in the world to visit in 2022.

World travel authority Lonely Planet on Thursday unveiled its top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit next year, with Sunshine State’s Scenic Rim taking eighth place in the regional category.

Just half an hour from the heart of the Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim boasts six national parks as well as numerous eco-lodges, wineries and dining experiences.

“After recovering from the bushfires of black summer 2019 with a host of new attractions and a renewed focus on sustainability, this lesser-known corner of Queensland is poised to become a major player in low-income tourism. impact in Australia, ”Lonely Planet’s Christ Zeiher said Thursday. .

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World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park is a nature lover’s dream with over 500 waterfalls and 250 species of wildlife, while the World Heritage-listed rainforests of Gondwana offer the remaining stands. the largest and most important subtropical and cool-temperature rainforests in the world.

The rainforests of Gondwana are also one of the last places in the world where the relict tree known as the Antarctic beech, or Nothofagus moorei, can be found.

The Antarctic beech is a link with the ancient forests of Gondwana. Photo: Getty

The judges were reportedly in awe of the scenic trails, heritage cabins, campsites and 17 wineries along the Scenic Rim.

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“We are delighted to see the Scenic Rim included in the best destinations in the world, especially since it is such an unspoiled and diverse ecological Australian destination,” Zeiher said Thursday.

“From amazing food and wine to amazing rainforest and bush walks and memorable places to stay, this is an unexpected pocket of Australia that has it all.”

Click here for more information on the must-see regional treasure and other amazing travel hotspots in Australia.

The Scenic Rim is just an hour south of Brisbane. Queensland reopens its doors to Interstate Australians on December 17.

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The isolated fjords of west Iceland have been named the best region, ahead of West Virginia in the United States, Xishuangbanna in China, and the heritage coast of Kent in the United Kingdom.

The Cook Islands took first place from Lonely Planet in the country category, ahead of Norway and Mauritius.

Auckland in New Zealand was named the most visitable city for 2022, while Taipei in Taiwan, Freiburg in Germany, Atlanta in the United States and Lagos in Nigeria round out the top five.