Vote Queensland in quest for new wonders
EIGHT of the Sunshine State's tourism hot spots are in the running of a national search for the 7 Wonders of Australia.
The Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Lady Elliot Island, Whitehaven Beach, the SS Yongala wreck, Wallaman Falls, and dinosaur fossil sites have been nominated in the search, spearheaded by leading travel company Experience Oz.
Fifty sites, landmarks and architectural icons submitted by state and regional tourism organisations from across the country have been short-listed, including world famous attractions such as the Blue Mountains, Port Arthur, the Sydney Opera House, and Uluru.
Only WA has more nominations than Queensland.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said she was delighted that Queensland destinations were so prominent on the initial shortlist.
"Queensland has continually topped 'best of' lists around the world. We are seeing record numbers of visitors into the state, and I am sure Queensland's iconic experiences will perform well throughout voting," she said.
Experience Oz marketing manager Matt Hobbs said the final seven would be voted for by the public to create a true list of wonders.
Voting closes on October 7.
A panel of experts will then whittle the top 20 nominees into the final top seven Wonders of Australia in November.
Vote for your favourite Queensland natural wonders at 7wonders.experienceoz.com.au/voting