As if we didn’t know it already, but Australia has been voted the ‘The Best Country In The World’ by readers of one of the UK’s luxury travel magazines.

Australia beat Italy, New Zealand, Thailand and the United States as part of the annual awards for Ultratravel magazine.

The magazine’s judges said Australia was the “perennial favourite of Britons” with “much to offer the luxury traveller”.

Especially noted were safari-style camps (such as the Karijini Eco Resort), wildlife, golf courses and award-winning chefs.

Fewer Brits have been visiting Australia recently, because of the country’s economic downturn over the past few years, but numbers are expected to rise this year, in part due to a number of major sporting tours.

“The timing couldn’t be much better either, with between 20,000 and 25,000 avid rugby fans from the UK set to hit our shores in the next few weeks for the eagerly awaited British and Irish Lions Tour,” said Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy.

“Together with the Ashes cricket series, starting in November, we’re expecting to see a big bounce-back in UK arrivals over the next 12 months.”

The UK is Australia’s largest source of visitors. In 2012, 593,600 people visited, spending $2.9 billion.