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Darwin makes top cities list

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Globetrotters may soon be making an overseas money transfer ahead of travelling to Australia's Northern Territory to take in the region's "vital destinations" as highlighted by Premier Holidays.

The tours and holiday destination company said that visitors to the region can take in a number of "outstanding" locations, following the nearby city of Darwin making the top ten in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2012 must-visit cities list.

"Darwin is definitely a growing destination and as well as all that the city has to offer, the surrounding areas are also a must-see," explained company product manager Clare Smith.

"On the doorstep there are several national parks such as Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge, which are all worth visiting."

Listing Uluru and Alice Springs as key sights to see, Ms Smith explained that they are highlights of any trip to Australia with strong bookings.

Lonely Planet explained that Darwin is "multicultural, freewheeling and vibrant", adding: "It's now a hip city to visit rather than just the end of the road for lost souls."

Topping the list of cities was London, followed by Muscat in Oman, Bangalore's Bengaluru, Cadiz, Stockholm, Guimaraes in Portugal, Santiago, Hong Kong and Orlando, respectively.

US President Barack Obama has recently accepted an invitation from Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to visit Darwin on November 17th.

His appearance in the frontier town will follow meetings with government officials in the country's capital Canberra, with the region's chief minister, Paul Henderson, welcoming the news, saying Mr Obama will get to see the "real Australia".

"He has to visit Canberra, but he is choosing to come to Darwin," Mr Henderson added.

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