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:
Western Australia Bremer Bay Little Beach, Albany Pentecost River, Home Valley Station, Kimberley Lighthouse Keeper's House remains, Albany Jurien Bay Sea Lions, Jurien Bay
South Australia Waterfall Gully Tumby Bay Woodside Andamooka 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
Queensland Mickey Creek Gorge, Carnarvon Gorge National Park Moreton Island Starlight's look out, 40 minutes from Longreach Undara Volcanic National Park, Cairns On the Inlet, Port Douglas Champagne Bay, Thomas Island, The Whitsundays Ross River
Tasmania Secret Falls, Hobart Bay of Fires Donaldson River, Corinna
Victoria 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
Northern Territory 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.