Australian holidays: Tasmania named in New York Times’ best places to visit in 2024

Tasmania may no longer be Australia’s best kept secret after it was declared one of the top places in the world to take a holiday this year.

Australia’s smallest state — both by size and population — scored a top 30 spot in the New York Times’s highly anticipated Best Places to Visit in 2024 list.

The list is released annually to much fanfare and sends hordes of travellers to each destination.

Tassie was recognised for its thriving foodie culture and picturesque natural environment that brings beaches and bushland to travellers’ fingertips.

Travel contributor Nora Walsh highlighted the island’s Indigenous heritage and stunning scenery.

“Venture outside and help protect vulnerable species in Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost state, with several new guided walks,” she wrote.

“To get a taste of the island’s Indigenous culture, join members of the local Palawa community on multi-day treks through the powder white sands of Wukalina (Mount William National Park) and orange-lichen-covered rocks of Larapuna (Bay of Fires).

“Or to get an actual taste of the island, forage for ingredients like wattle seeds and pepperberries with guides from Palawa Kipli, a company that is Indigenous-owned and operated — the experience ends with a tasting menu that includes smoked payathanima (wallaby).”

Tourism Tasmania CEO Sarah Clark said, while Aussies have long understood the draw of Tasmania, it was a joy to be recognised on the international stage.

She described making the New York Times list as “one of the highest accolades for a destination”.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be included and have so many unique experiences represented,” Clark said.

“We know Tassie has been top of mind for Australian travellers for a while and it’s great to see that now it will be on the bucket lists of international travellers as well.”

Tasmania’s acting premier Michael Ferguson said he was confident the ranking will boost tourism numbers.

“This list will be an essential, trusted source of travel inspiration for many global travellers and we have no doubt it will influence readers to come and visit Tasmania,” he said.

“We know Tasmania has what the world wants, with our world-class produce and beverages, our beautiful regions, festivals, world heritage sites, events and rugged walks offering something for everyone.”

Taking out number 29, Tasmania was one of just two Australian destinations to make the list. Brisbane came in at number 39.

The NYT’s best places to visit in 2024

  1. The Path of Totality, North America
  2. Paris, France
  3. Yamaguchi, Japan
  4. New Zealand by Train
  5. Maui, Hawaii
  6. Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni, Arizona
  7. Singapore
  8. O’Higgins, Chile
  9. Ladakh, India
  10. Geneva, Switzerland
  11. Dominica, The Caribbean
  12. Manchester, England
  13. Creators of the Moon, Idaho
  14. Baltimore, Maryland
  15. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
  16. Negombo, Sri Lanka
  17. Massa-Carrara, Italy
  18. Bannau Brycheiniog, Wales
  19. Morocco
  20. Valencia, Spain
  21. Kansas City, Missouri
  22. Antananarivo, Madagascar
  23. Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
  24. Lake Toba, Indonesia
  25. Almaty, Kazakhstan
  26. Quito, Ecuador
  27. Mingan Archipelago, Quebec
  28. Montgomery, Alabama
  29. Tasmania, Australia
  30. Waterford, Ireland
  31. Tsavo National Park, Kenya
  32. Brasilia, Brazil
  33. El Salvador
  34. Koh Ker, Cambodia
  35. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
  36. Montevideo, Uruguay
  37. Mustang, Nepal
  38. Vienna, Austria
  39. Brisbane, Australia
  40. Pasadena, California
  41. Hurghada, Egypt
  42. Boundary Waters, Minnesota
  43. Thessaloniki, Greece
  44. Normandy, France
  45. Grenada, The Caribbean
  46. El Camino de Costa Rico
  47. Albanian Alps
  48. Whitehorse, Yukon
  49. Choquequirao, Peru
  50. Dresden, Germany
  51. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere, Mexico
  52. Flamingo, Florida

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