1 November 2011 by Luke McCormick
Darwin has been named as one of the world's top ten destinations for 2012 in Lonely Planet's just published Best in Travel 2012 book.
Ranked tenth on the book's list of Top 10 Cities 2012, the Northern Territory capital is "multicultural, freewheeling and vibrant...it's now a hip city to visit rather than just the end of the road for lost souls," according to Lonely Planet.
The other cities to make the list are London (1), Muscat (2), Bengaluru (Bangalore) (3), Cádiz (4), Stockholm (5), Guimarães (6), Santiago (7), Hong Kong (8) and Orlando (9).
The Lonely Planet list is compiled from recommendations drawn from hundreds of ideas submitted by Lonely Planet staff, authors, and an active community of travellers, bloggers and tweeters, which is then refined by a panel of in-house travel experts.
Here's what the Lonely Planet had to say about Darwin:
"It was once easy to dismiss Darwin as a frontier town full of brawling fishermen, dreamy hippies and redneck truckers. But with a pumping nocturnal scene, magical markets and restaurants, and world-class wilderness areas just down the road, today Darwin is the triumph of Australia's Top End.
"Beat the crowds to the redeveloping Waterfront Precinct with its wave pool, bars and wharf eateries; or score some brilliant Indigenous art before East Coast galleries snap it up and charge double. Nose your way through the food stalls at Mindil Beach Sunset Market, then watch the sun melt into the Timor Sea. When southern Australia is chilling through winter, here it's blue skies, party nights and sleeping late."
Lonely Planet's Tom Hall, who contributed to the book, said, "This is the definitive collection of Lonely Planet's must-see spots for 2012. They make the cut because either they have something special going on next year, there's a lot of buzz about the place, or because we are tipping it as an up-and-coming destination that you should visit, before the crowds get there."