Just One Aussie State Made Nat Geo's Must-See List For 2020
National Geographic has released its list of the most exciting destinations to visit in 2020, one of which is right here in Australia.
Of all the states and territories on offer, Tasmania is the only one to receive the prestigious honour of sitting on the Best Trips list of 2020.
Why? It's one of Australia's fastest-growing tourism destinations.
National Geographic described the state as being "wild and beautiful," and "far away, yet familiar".
"Key to the appeal of Australia’s southernmost state is its raw natural beauty, which it owes largely to a combination of its remoteness and the enduring green spirit of its half-million or so residents," National Geographic said in a statement.
"Swathed in 2,000-year-old trees and home to real-life devils, it’s the stuff outdoor adventures are made of".
Despite there being no direct international flights to Tassie, airport extension works are underway to open the island up to more adventure seekers.
The long tip over, however, doesn't appear to be a turn off for the publication's editors.
"After making the trek here, visitors find that most of Tassie’s attractions are surprisingly accessible," they said, applauding the short four-hour drive covering the length of the state.
"No matter where you base yourself, opportunities to become immersed in nature are never far away -- nearly half the state is designated national park, after all ".
Tasmania is among 25 destinations to make Nat Geo's list, which has been broken down into four general categories: Culture, City, Nature, and Adventure.
A substantial amount of research goes into the list each year with a goal to bring readers new and transformatively experiences for the new year.
"To build the list we worked with National Geographic editors around the world as well as photographers, writers, explorers and, of course, passionate travellers to report on the essential sites to see and places to be in 2020," Executive Editor of Travel, George Stone said.
THE FULL LIT OF BEST TRIPS 2020 DESTINATIONS
-- CULTURE --
- Asturias, Spain
- Guizhou Province, China
- Gobekli Tepe, Turkey
- Maya, Guatemala
- Mendoza Province, Argentina
- Abu Simbel, Egypt
-- CITY --
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Telc, Czechia
- Fort Kochi, Kerala, India
- Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Parma, Italy
- Puebla, Mexico
-- NATURE --
- Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada
- Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa
- Bialowieza Forest, Belarus/Poland
- National Blue Trail, Hungary
- Canary Islands, Spain
-- ADVENTURE --
- Tasmania, Australia
- Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria
- Wales Way, United Kingdom
- Tohoku, Japan
- Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
- Zakouma National Park, Chad