It’s official! Margaret River and Southern WA named Best in Asia Pacific by Lonely Planet 2019.

Lonely Planet’s travel experts have explored this vast region’s highlands, islands and everything in between to find the best places to visit this year. Experience it for yourself on a trip to one of these unforgettable destinations, Margaret River topping the list.

No. 1. Margaret River & Southern WA 

Take one look at Meelup Beach and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life: the West Australian bush parts to reveal ocean the hue of a Bombay Sapphire bottle, which is typical of the coastline stretching from Margaret River to the state’s south. Beyond the sand, some of the country’s slickest wineries, breweries and restaurants lie between tracts of tall-tree forest and kangaroo-dotted farmland.

Locals have long felt their turf rivals the east coast travel trail; now, 17-hour direct flights from London to capital city Perth put it at Europe’s fingertips. Adding to the argument are coveted food and culture-amped festivals, from Gourmet Escape to Truffle Kerfuffle and Taste Great Southern. There’s also amazing surf, whales aplenty and DIY coastal hikes with paved sections, improving accessibility for all.

See the full list here.