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Australia’s best destinations of 2023

Australia’s largest state and city have made the hit list of Lonely Planet’s Best Destinations to visit in 2023 and join a lineup of newly categorised places under the global guidebook’s new format.

With a variation of experiences spanning camel tours, caravan parks, wine regions and cultural excursions of Aboriginal rock art, Western Australia is unsurprisingly toted as one of six journey destinations for travellers next year.

“Whether you have just a few days or weeks, the mind-blowingly large region of Western Australia offers so many opportunities to take an epic journey,” Lonely Planet reported.

Australian cricketer Shane Watson with the International Cricket Council’s T20 trophy during a camel ride in WA. Picture: Western Australia Tourism.

“So hop between cities by air, or spend days (or weeks) driving by car, there’s a lot to check out on the western side of down under.”

On the southeastern coast, the largest city of the smallest continent is one of six Connect destinations for 2023, and as Lonely Planet pinpoints, Sydney is about connecting to both culture and community.

The Sydney Opera House, an Australian landmark. Picture: Tourism Australia.
The Sydney Opera House, an Australian landmark. Picture: Tourism Australia.

“International visitors have missed Australia during the pandemic, and with travel returning down under, it’s also an opportunity to connect with the city in new ways. From hosting one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world to its new Indigenous tours over the bridge, return to Sydney and see it from a new perspective.”

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From snow, desert, wildlife and bountiful marine life, the wild contrasting geographies of the continent offer a wide host of thematic experiences, whether it’s meeting the oldest known civilization on the planet, going snowboarding, taking in a sunset camel ride, or enjoying retail therapy in Melbourne, several times crowned the world’s most livable city.

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