Aerial view of waterfall at Kakadu, Northern Territory. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied
RED earth, blue skies and the golden eyes of watchful crocodiles in the flower-tangled waterways of Kakadu National Park have won the Northern Territory the only Australian mention on a list of the best tourist destinations in the world, according to National Geographic.
The NT is listed in its 2014 top 20 Best of the World.
“This is fantastic news for the Territory,” Tourism Minister Matt Conlan said.
“It means now the whole world knows the Territory is the place to visit if you want an unforgettable holiday like no other.” The list says that apart from the NT’s undeniable physical beauty, the people make the place come alive.
National Geographic Traveller Magazine claims to be the most widely read travel magazine in the world, with 7.6 million readers, and it is published in 12 languages in 21 countries.
The Best of the World list reflects what is authentic, culturally rich, sustainable and superlative in the world of travel.
The top 20 destinations for 2014 (in alphabetical order):
• Alentejo, Portugal
• Arbil, Iraq
• Bolaven Plateau, Laos
• Cacao Trail, Ecuador
• Cape Verde
• Cathar country, France
• Cordoba, Argentina
• Derawan Islands, Indonesia (readers’ choice)
• John Muir Trail, Scotland
• Nahanni National Park, Canada
• New Orleans, Louisiana
• Northern Territory, Australia
• Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda
• Puglia, Italy
• Ranthambore National Park, India
• Riga, Latvia
• Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
• Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Sochi, Russia
It’s a spectacular place. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied
Cracked Flood Plains, Kakadu. Picture: Northern Pictures Source: Supplied