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Lonely Planet, a leading destinations authority has named Tasmania’s Bay of Fires as the best destination for 2009.

To be released in November of this year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2009 features 850 of the world’s hottest travel trends and experiences, and emerging destinations.

Rated number one in the guidebook‘s ’10 Must-See Regions for 2009′, Tasmania’s Bay of Fires is recognised as a secret, untapped holiday destination.

Listed ahead of France and Spain’s beautiful Basque Country and Chile’s ancient Chiloe, the Bay of Fires is praised for its picturesque and pristine landscapes, its cute cottages, its guided hikes and its sensational suppers. 

“White beaches of hourglass-fine sand, Bombay Sapphire sea, an azure sky — and nobody. This is the secret edge of Tasmania, laid out like a pirate’s treasure map of perfect beach after sheltered cove, all fringed with forest, ” the bible of hot destinations for 2009 says.