Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Newcastle, on the coast of New South Wales’ Hunter region, has ranked ninth in Lonely Planet’s new book ‘Best in Travel 2011’. The authors of the book have described Newcastle as “underrated”, citing “the city has been overshadowed by its bigger, bolder and better-known sibling, Sydney” according to news.com.au. Missing the cut were cities such as London, Sydney, Melbourne and Paris. Lonely Planet claim these larger cities are “too dull” and that the books aim is to “inspire travellers to pick lesser known cities to explore” said Lonely Planet’s Asia-Pacific Travel Editor, Shawn Low. Refined and selected by a panel of in-house travel experts, the list ranks cities based on “topicality, excitement, value for money and that special X-factor,” according to Mr. Low. It was Newcastle’s beaches, nightlife, weather and attention to the arts that aided its top 10 selection. Tourism Hunter’s Executive Manager Sheridan Ferrier says it is an “honour” to be included amongst the best in travel in 2011.The new book suggests Newcastle combines “a unique blend of imagination, sophistication and laid-back surf culture.” Give your thoughts in the comments section below. For more on this story, click here to visit our Insider Commentary.Do you think Newcastle deserves its Top 10 world ranking?