The Top 20 Most Beautiful Countries in the World

As you probably know, we love a good report or survey here on Bobinoz. Australia normally does quite well in these things too, which is probably why I like them so much.

For example, Australia’s biggest two cities did very well when compared to London and New York in the Safe Cities Index report of 2015. Australian cities consistently does well in the Most Liveable Cities in the World survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

If I’m not mistaken, Melbourne have topped that chart for seven years in a row now.

melbourneImagine my excitement then when I saw the headline ‘The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you‘ just a week or so ago.


A survey of people who like to travel in which they can pick what they think is the most beautiful country they’ve been to. Not just any old people, but people who read those ‘Rough Guides’ books, so some of the world’s wisest travellers.

It’s a top 20 list too, we love those even more on Bobinoz. I quickly clicked on the link, I couldn’t wait see just how well Australia would do.

I’m thinking top 5 for sure, but more likely somewhere in the top 3, and for a fleeting moment I even wondered if it might be between Australia and Canada for top spot.

Here’s the list, in reverse order of course.

The world’s most beautiful countries as voted by Rough Guide readers:

20 – Vietnam
19 – Croatia
18 – Ireland
17 – Norway
16 – Peru
15 – Switzerland
14 – Finland
13 – India
12 – Mexico
11 – Slovenia
10 – Wales
 9 – USA
 8 – Iceland
 7 – England
 6 – Indonesia
 5 – South Africa
 4 – Italy
 3 – New Zealand
 2 – Canada

At this stage I am quivering with excitement, I’m thinking it’s in the bag for Australia. Bear in mind in the article I was reading, each country in the list was separated by a huge photograph and a bit of text, so I needed to scroll further down to see the winner.




Yes, scroll down, like I did….





1 – Scotland



I could have jumped on a Greyhound Bus and moved to Scotland without a visa, but instead I went through all the expense of moving to Australia?

Not only that, I moved out of England (7th) to come to unplaced Australia. With Wales (10th) just next door to me, no border control, I could have just driven there in a few hours. And yet I moved all the way to Australia?

Even Ireland, less than an hour and a half by boat from the UK mainland made the top 20, and I flew for 26 hours to move to Australia?

Of course, during my time in England I visited all three of these countries, so I know exactly what they are like. Having lived in the fourth country, England, for nearly 50 years, I know what that is like as well.

For me, the Lake District is absolutely stunning, so I can see the attraction. Scotland too has some quite amazing scenery, although it rained most of the time I was there, so it was hard to see the views through the mist and low-lying clouds.

Ireland was amazing as well, had a great holiday there, such a laid-back place, cute even. And then there’s Wales; hmm. Wales in 10th and Australia nowhere?

Well I never did.

Australia; not so shabby

So I turned my back on all four of those countries to come to Australia, but really, it’s not so shabby here…

australia-blue mountains



brisbane beach



port-douglas river






How can this not be beautiful enough for the top 20? Well, maybe, just maybe, a good number of those Rough Guide readers just didn’t fancy the 26 hour flight for themselves, so perhaps a lot of them haven’t seen Australia.

It’s worth the long haul flight, I’m sure of that.

For the original article, please check out this page on Rough Guides.


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  • Andreya September 21, 2017, 3:49 pm | Link

    Hy Bob, I’ll give a big vote to your blog. I completely agree with you that Australia is also one of the beautiful countries in the world. Really there are so many beautiful places like beaches, Broome, landscapes and rivers which will reflect the awesomeness of Australia.

  • Shari Dudman September 18, 2017, 7:34 pm | Link

    Hey Bob first off your blog is amazing. Love it.
    Can i ask do you feel that the standard of living and quality of life in australia is higher then in england?
    Are the houses there more beautiful then In England?
    Is the food and produce at stores of a higher quality?
    Do supermarkets have as big a variety?
    Is Australia as technologocally advcanced and saavy?
    Do schools seem as well equipped and modern same with hospitals?
    Are wages higher?
    Do you pay more personal tax income?
    Is it cleaner and better taken care of then England?
    Do you think oz is as beautiful?
    And is it a better place to raise a family then in the uk?
    Really really appreciate any info and hope to end up there.

    Sincerely Shari

    • BobinOz September 19, 2017, 9:36 pm | Link

      That is a quite amazing list you’ve put together there Shari, and as I have been writing this website for nearly about nine years now, I’m pretty certain I have covered every topic you have mentioned.

      It would be rather foolish and time-consuming for me to write it all out again here in this comment.

      I think I need to introduce you to my search function, it’s on the right-hand side of every page towards the top, somewhere underneath that video of me making a fool of myself.

      For example, search for ‘is Australia a good place to bring up children’ and see what comes up. I think you will find out a great deal of information once you get the hang of searching.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Paveen September 14, 2017, 8:12 pm | Link

    I happen to land on your blog and thought it would be a delight to visit someone else’s blog and derive inspiration on the hard work done behind the resourceful blog. It’s a really worth reading blog and felt good to have my country India includes as world’s most beautiful countries.

    • BobinOz September 15, 2017, 8:23 pm | Link

      Thanks for the compliments, I see you are yourself venturing into the blogging world, I wish you all the best. Yes, India done well in the list as well, I’ve not been there yet, it’s on my list to do.

      I’m stuck here in Australia, nowhere to be seen in this list – sad face. (Sorry, don’t know how to do those.)

  • james September 14, 2017, 6:55 pm | Link

    take it from me bob ive lived over 60 COLD WET( where it can rain for weeks on end ) AND BLOODY WINDY YEARS IN BONNIE SCOTLAND and now SKYE AND THE WEST COST OF SCOTLAND., YOU CANT GET ANY OVERNIGHT ACCOMMADATION WE HAVE TRIED AND WE LIVE 3 HOURS AWAY !!! IS JAMMED PACKED WITH TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE you made the right choice ALL BE IT I WOULD LOVE TO LIVE IN ADELAIDE OR NEAR MELBOURNE recently voted the most liveable city in the world !!! DO YOU WANT TO HOUSE SWAP ??? and its getting colder all the time in the south of Scotland

    • BobinOz September 14, 2017, 9:23 pm | Link

      No I don’t want to swap house, but thanks for the offer 🙂

      I think you just about sum it up, Scotland is a great place to visit on holiday, for a couple weeks, but to live there all the time? I’m not so sure. That said, even though it’s cold and wet, you obviously like it there, 60 years is a long time.

      I’m happy where I am here in Brisbane, I love the warmth and the sunshine. Each to his own though. Sounds like you need a holiday in Adelaide or Melbourne.

      Good luck to you James, cheers, Bob

  • Carol-Anne September 14, 2017, 5:48 am | Link

    Come on Bob, I’m sure you could’ve found a better picture of Scotland than that! It didn’t get voted most beautiful country for nothing. Every country has some ugly towns and cities but Scotland really is a beautiful country with a very diverse landscape. It has some of the most beautiful, pristine, untouched beaches, that on a sunny day you could easily mistake for some tropical island (if it were warmer of course).

    • BobinOz September 14, 2017, 9:09 pm | Link

      You are absolutely right to call me out on this Carol-Anne, I’ll stick my hands up to this one. I have a quite large selection of photographs of Scotland, and I did deliberately use the most boring photograph of them all. In fairness though, I had quite a few boring ones to choose from 🙂

      And as for those pristine, untouched beaches you mention, you have to ask why? I suspect it’s because the water is FREEZING!!!

      All that aside though, Scotland has done fantastically well to find itself at the top of this list, hats off to you. I’m just sore cause Australia has been completely ignored. And some of our beaches really are tropical 🙂 (Although maybe a little croc infested.)

      • Fred September 15, 2017, 5:19 am | Link

        Yes, only a little croc infested though and you did forget to mention the stingers. Still, would rather be on one of those beaches, Queensland’s Palm Cove for one, than here in the northeast US beginning preparations for the approaching winter.

        • BobinOz September 15, 2017, 8:34 pm | Link

          I’m not sure ‘only a little croc infested’ is a proper thing, it only takes one crocodile 🙂 That aside though, yes, I’d rather be on one of those beaches as well. Exercising a little caution, of course.

          I was up that way last year, drove past Palm Cove during what is a spectacular journey by car from Cairns to Port Douglas.

          Yes, forgot about the stingers, and the cyclones…

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