In late June 2016, U.S. News & World Report announced the world’s top travel destination of 2016-2017 as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Home to the world’s largest coral reef system in the world, this impressive ecosystem not only is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it also is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

It seems obvious why the Great Barrier Reef made the list. According to U.S. News Travel Editor Erin Shields, the Great Barrier Reef was named number one because, “It’s a once in a lifetime vacation.” The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 3,000 coral reefs and 600 islands. Spanning more than 344,400 square kilometers, there is so much beauty to enjoy.

One of the very best ways to explore the Great Barrier Reef is by private yacht. Yacht charters in the area are growing in popularity and in addition to providing guests with the holiday of a lifetime; they also will help educate reef visitors as to how we can help sustain the environment and ecosystem for future generations to enjoy. For information on chartering a luxury yacht in the Great Barrier Reef or any part of Australia, please contact Northrop & Johnson’s Australia team at

The U.S. News considered more than 250 destinations when compiling its list of Best Places to Visit in 2016-2017 and utilized both traveler opinions and expert analysis. The remaining top 25 locations are as follows:

2. Paris, France
3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
4. Florence, Italy
5. Tokyo, Japan
6. Cusco, Peru
7. London, England
8. Rome, Italy
9. New York, U.S.
10. Maui, Hawaii
11. Cape Town, South Africa
12. Barcelona, Spain
13. Sydney, Australia
14. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15. Yellowstone National Park, U.S.
16. Amsterdam, Netherlands
17. Hong Kong
18. Cairo, Egypt
19. Washington, D.C.
20. Grand Canyon National Park, U.S.
21. British Virgin Islands
22. Bali, Indonesia
23. San Francisco, California
24. Argentine Patagonia, Argentina
25. Budapest, Hungary