Great Barrier Reef ‘still Australia’s best attraction’

The Great Barrier Reef has come top in a poll of what people most want to see in Australia before they die.

The natural wonder was voted for by 32 per cent of respondents to a survey by totaltravel.com, beating Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) into second place with 21 per cent of the vote.

Other popular attractions included Ningaloo Reef, Kakadu National Park and the Great Ocean Road.

Paul Fisher, global marketing manager of the firm, said he is not surprised by the findings of the poll, thanks to the reef’s unique nature.

“It is the largest coral system in the world and supports a wide diversity,” he commented.

In related Australian news, the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru have both made it through to a shortlist for the new seven wonders of the natural world.

Some 259 other world attractions – including Loch Ness – join them on the list, the results of which will be announced in 2011.

Holidays to Australia have been in the spotlight recently after the release of Australia the film on Boxing Day last year.

Trips were promoted in the UK alongside the film through a campaign directed by Baz Lurhmann, which encouraged tourists to ‘lose themselves’ in the country’s relaxing natural surroundings.

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