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Brisbane named one of world’s hottest travel destinations by New York Times

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The accolades keep coming for Brisbane, with the future Olympic city recognised as one of the world’s top tourist destinations for 2024.

Global travel bible Frommer’s has named Brisbane as one of the world’s top destinations.

The 52-strong list of destinations selected by the esteemed publication places Brisbane at No. 39, ahead of exotic tourist magnets such as Normandy in France, Grenada in the Caribbean and the Red Sea in Egypt.

It follows a similarly gold-plated 2023 for the future Olympic host city, which earned similar nods last year from Frommer’s travel bible and Time Magazine.

Sunset over the Brisbane skyline as seen from South Bank. Picture: Getty Images

In The New York Times’ listing, writer Stephanie Pearson gushes over Queen’s Wharf, while also offering nods to the popular Agnes restaurant, the Calile Hotel and the Powerhouse Museum.

“Scheduled to host the Summer Olympics in 2032, Brisbane is undergoing a facelift with a $3.6 billion expansion of the Queen’s Wharf area, set to partly open in 2024,” she wrote.

“But there’s more than big development: At Agnes, a restaurant with a rooftop bar, chefs are renowned for their skill in cooking over an open flame.

“The Calile Hotel, with balconied rooms overlooking a palm-lined pool, feels like an oasis in the middle of the city.

“Rounding out the cultural experience is Brisbane Powerhouse, a 1920s power station reborn as a cultural hub, the site of the Melt Open, a celebration of queer arts and artists, and Vertigo, a restaurant where harnessed and clipped-in diners eat while dangling four stories above the ground.”

The award-winning Calile Hotel. Picture: Supplied

Last year, Agnes was recognised as Australia’s number one restaurant according to Gourmet Traveller, while the Calile was named Australia’s best hotel and number 12 in the Top 50 Hotels in the World.  

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the rest of the world was quickly learning why the River City was so special.

“The world is recognising Brisbane keeps getting better and this latest accolade from The New York Times is further proof,” he said.

“Last year, both Time Magazine and travel bible Frommer’s recognised Brisbane as a must-do destination and we won awards for having Australia’s best restaurant and hotel.

“Between our subtropical climate, world-class lifestyle precincts like Howard Smith Wharves and enviable access to natural assets, including Moreton Island, visitors from across the globe are discovering that Brisbane is an incredibly attractive place to be.

“All this success is no accident and I’m confident our emergence as a must-do destination and great place to live will boost local business, create jobs and help make Brisbane even better.”

Tasmania was the only other Australian destination making the list, coming in at No. 29.

Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. Picture: Tourism Tasmania and Andrew McIntosh, Ocean Photography.

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