A Facebook competition organised by Hooroo, Qantas' online accommodation Web site, has discovered resource-rich nation Australia has more to offer than just metals and minerals. Aussies from all over the country participated in the survey which called for the country's best kept tourist spots, and they came down with 40.
The 40 must-go to tourist destinations include, listed per state:
Little Beach, Albany
Pentecost River, Home Valley Station, Kimberley
Lighthouse Keeper's House remains, Albany
Jurien Bay Sea Lions, Jurien Bay
Mintaro Maze, Mintaro
Whispering Wall, near Williamstown Barossa Valley
Northern Flinders Ranges
The Great Wall of China, Central Flinders Ranges
BlueSeas Beach House, Kangaroo Island
Mickey Creek Gorge, Carnarvon Gorge National Park
Starlight's look out, 40 minutes from Longreach
Undara Volcanic National Park, Cairns
On the Inlet, Port Douglas
Champagne Bay, Thomas Island, The Whitsundays
Secret Falls, Hobart
Bay of Fires
Donaldson River, Corinna
Aireys Inlet - Great Ocean Road
The bottle of milk, Lorne
Shizuka Ryokan Japanese country spa and wellness retreat Hepburn Springs
New South Wales
Beaufort House, Adelong
Wattamolla Beach, Sydney Royal National Park
Milk Beach, Vaucluse
Mungo Brush, Myall Lakes National Park
Tumbarumba Rodeo, Tumbarumba
The Rock Pool, Tuncurry
Lake Liddell, Muswellbrook
Caves Beach, Central Coast
Protesters Falls, The Channon
Fish Rock Cave, South West Rocks
Menindee Lakes, Menindee
Kosciuszko huts, Snowy Mountains
Gunlom Falls, top pool, Kakadu National Park
Mickey Creek Gorge in Carnavon Gorge National Park supposedly has "towering walls of rock covered in moss with some sections becoming so narrow you can touch the walls of both sides with your hands and feet."
In Sydney, there is Wattamolla Beach, a beach and freshwater lagoon combination, that can be reached less than an hour from Sydney's CBD.
Gunlom Falls in the Northern Territory, meanwhile, has been likened to an infinity pool.
Hooroo solicited the help of three lifestyle experts, namely Dr Chris Brown from Bondi Vet and host of a travel segment on the Living Room TV show on Channel 10, as well as columnist Paula Joy and Lija Wilson from Hooroo, to narrow down the suggestions given by its participants.
They are now holding a new search to pick the top five from among the 40 shortlisted tourist spots.
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