The Kimberley is the only place in Australia to make New York Times’ ‘52 places’ list for 2020

The New York Times’ annual list of must-see destinations has been published for 2020 – but as fires ravage the country, only one Australian destination has made the cut.

The New York Times’ annual list of must-see destinations has been published for 2020, and just one Australian destination has made the cut.

The 52 places list is The New York Times’ yearly must-see of travel destinations around the world, essentially spruiking one destination for every week of the year.

But while the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney’s Bondi Beach and even Uluru are some of our most synonymous “Aussie” travel destinations – Times travel editor Amy Virshup has pulled out the Kimberley region as being our “must visit” place for the year.

Passengers take in the Horizontal Waterfall in Talbot Bay on the Kimberley.Source:News Limited
Waterfalls in the Kimberley by air. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Limited

Coming in at number five, Western Australian region stood out for its “bucket list of natural wonders” as well as its “sustainability and the pull of history”.

The Bungle Bungle Range in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, the waterways of the mighty Ord River and Lake Argyle (one of the largest freshwater lakes in the southern hemisphere) and El Questro’s waterfalls, gorges and epic landscapes were some of the standout features, according to the publication.

“There are new itineraries, too, including Narlijia Experiences’ history tours highlighting Aboriginal culture and Kingfisher Tours’ outings to the unique and soon-to-close Argyle Diamond Mine,” the listing read.

Virshup also noted that Broome’s Chinatown had been “revitalised”, meaning the region now extended to encourage “foodie” tourists to visit.

W HERE NEXT IN 2020?

Also joining the Kimberley region on The New York Times list is Christchurch, landlocked Lesotho as a South Africa alternative, Greenland and Tokyo.

This is the year Germany has two entries including “Uber cool” Leipzig (aka “The New Berlin”) at 35 and the alpine town of Oberammergau at 42.

However, 2020 is the year to visit Spain and the mountainous cider region of Asturias (25), the island of Minorca (41) and Spanish ski slopes of Val d’Aran (46). With three entries on the list, 2020 is the year to add an Iberian destination to your bucket list.

WHAT IS THE 52 PLACES LIST?

The 52 places list is The New York Times’ yearly must-see list of travel destinations. One for every week of the year.

When asked how they chose the list, Virshup said the most important factors were “sustainability and the pull of history”.

Christchurch made The New York Times’ list.Source:Supplied

Taken from: https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/adventure/the-kimberley-is-the-only-place-in-australia-to-make-new-york-times-52-places-list-for-2020/news-story/2fff3923791e0fa5f5ec7ca9495b4e47