In November 2010, travel bible Lonely Planet named Newcastle in its list of the world’s top 10 cities to visit in 2011. Coming in at #9, the destinations are ranked by their topicality, excitement, value for money and a special X-factor.
Some were surprised by the city’s inclusion, but when you look at what is on offer here in Newcastle and the Hunter for both business and leisure it is easy to understand! As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, Lonely Planet Asia Pacific travel editor Shawn Low explained that, “Sydney has never made the list before so to have Newcastle as the only Australian city in the top 10 was controversial.
“The whole idea is to challenge people to get off the beaten track and visit places like Newcastle that have been flying under the radar.”
A diverse array of assets such as surf beaches, dining, night life, arts and “a unique blend of imagination and sophistication” justified Newcastle’s top 10 ranking, Mr Low said.