Aussies from across the nation have taken to the country’s largest-ever online travel poll to vote for what they believe are the greatest landmarks across the country.
With more than 68,400 votes gathered nationwide across three months, the official ‘7 Wonders of Australia’ have been revealed.
Launched by Experience Oz, the ‘7 Wonders of Australia’ campaign asked Australians of voting age to select from a shortlist of 50 iconic Australian natural sites, landmarks and architectural icons submitted by state and regional tourism organisations from across the country.
The results are based on a comprehensive criterion, which considered the level of recognition, natural, architectural or cultural value, desirability and aspiration, rarity and uniqueness and tourism value of the Wonder.
And the winners are…
The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland
Uluru in the Northern Territory
The 12 Apostles in Victoria
Horizontal Falls in Western Australia
Australian War Memorial in Australian Capital Territory
The Sydney Opera House in New South Wales
Cradle Mountain in Tasmania
Narrowly missing out on the Top 7 title were the likes of QLD’s Whitehaven Beach, the NT’s Kakadu National Park, WA’s Ningaloo Reef and NSW’s Lord Howe Island, among 13 others in the Top 20 Finalists. South Australia was the only state that was not featured within the list, with its top contenders – Lake Eyre and Wilpena Pound – outside the top seven.
The once-off campaign, and first domestic campaign of its kind, has been a collaborative effort between a number of nationwide and international organisations including tourism organisations, operators and councils who have been on a quest to reinforce Australia’s majestic sites as some of the best on the planet.