Lonely Planet has just released their annual guide to “the top 10 countries, regions and cities to visit in 2011” in the world. Their Best in Travel in 2011 has quite astonishingly recognised this great city’s unique charms. No, you didn’t misread that, coming in right there at number 9 is Newcastle, Australia (behind New York which is number 1 but ahead of provincial cities in this part of the world like Sydney and Melbourne).
The good folks at Lonely Planet – and who are we to question their judgement – have recognised that “Today’s new Newcastle is a unique blend of imagination, sophistication and laid-back surf culture.” We couldn’t agree more!
Newcastle has become the first Australian city in years to make the “hottest cities” list. According to the folks at Lonely Planet “Australia’s most underrated city” has transformed itself “from ‘steel city’ to creative hub” and has now has “an explosion of artists” – has more artists per capita than any other Australian city, great galleries and “dozens of disused city-centre buildings occupied by photographers, fashion designers, digital artists and more as part of the inner-city regeneration scheme, Renew Newcastle.”
Not to mention the great restaurants, cafes, and all the natural charms to be found in this part of the world. Thanks Lonely Planet. How good is this town?
If you’re an excited lonely planet reader and trying to track down some of that inner city creative action check out our projects page or keep visiting back here to keep track of regular events. If you’re a journalist wanting to know more about Newcastle’s recent transformation and its charms check out our media section or feel free to contact us or check out Renew Newcastle’s Marcus Westbury’s thoughts on his personal blog.