Adelaide gets the nod from Lonely Planet..
The worlds leading travel guide, Lonely Planet, has bought Adelaide out of the shadows of other Australian capital cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane , to place it in the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2014.
In Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 book, Adelaide is ranked at number 9 in the world.
The annual publication documents the best trends and destinations for the forthcoming year, with the list headed by Paris, Trinidad and Cape Town.
Also making the cut were Vancouver, Chicago and Auckland.
“Having always lived in the shadow of its gregarious eastern-seaboard cousins,” Lonely Planet says, “the ‘City of Churches’ has been quietly loosening its pious shackles and embracing its liberal foundations.”
No other Australian city made the top 10, although the Kimberley in Western Australia was ranked second in the list of the world’s top 10 regions to visit.
Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher says the Adelaide Oval redevelopment sparked the city’s nomination.
“Then there’s this really cool stuff that’s going on with the transformation of some of the spaces within the city itself.”
He also says the city’s food culture played a part in helping Adelaide make the top 10.
“Of course, Adelaide is a foodie destination anyway and it’s incredibly parochial about its local produce.”
There are household names, from Penfolds, Yalumba, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek, to boutique estates.
There are wine regions all throughout South Australia. Head north to the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley and Clare Valley.
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities 2014:
- Paris, France
- Trinidad, Cuba
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Riga, Latvia
- Zürich, Switzerland
- Shanghai, China
- Vancouver, Canada
- Chicago, USA
- Adelaide, Australia
- Auckland, New Zealand