While Australia was listed at number six on 2016's top country list and Adelaide ranked ninth position in 2014's top city list, it is South Australia's first time to shine in the prestigious travel accolade.
Other regions listed in the 2017 list include Choquequirao, Peru at number one, followed by Taranaki, New Zealand, The Azores, Portugal and North Wales, United Kingdom. Canada features as top country while France's Bordeaux made the top city.
You get the full Australian experience all in one State when you visit South Australia. With crowd-free beaches, up close wildlife encounters, world-class food and drink, an enviable festival and event calendar and natural beauty a-plenty, it's no wonder Lonely Planet has tipped SA as one of ten hottest regions to travel to in 2017.
The 2017 book describe South Australia as:
“Its climate may be hot, but South Australia offers the coolest mix of brilliant wine country, abundant produce festivals, stark and stunning tracts of picturesque Aussie outback and crowd-free beaches that could make even the Bahamas jealous.”
“The Queen Mary 2 is putting South Australia on her travel list in 2017, choosing to dock not only in its artistic capital, Adelaide, but also taking in the rustic charms of Kangaroo Island. South Australia is a delicious feast suitable to anyone's taste.”
Thanks to their team of globe-trotters and self-professed travel nerds, each year Lonely Planet sets out to unearth the top ten regions, cities and countries to publish in their top-selling guide.
In addition, Lonely Planet has teamed up with Snapchat to create an exclusive Best in Travel 2017 live story, where users can submit their snaps from the top five regions. For the first time, Snapchat users in South Australia can share their experiences of the Best in Travel 2017 winning region with the rest of the globe.
Head to southaustralia.com for more information on SA travel and read the top five reasons to visit SA.