Australian tourists may well be able to visit two of the world's seven natural wonders if Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef make it through the next stage of the competition.
23 July 2009
Australian tourists have two natural wonders of the world finalists
Two of Australia's most well-known landmarks have made the finals of an international contest to find the seven natural wonders of the world.
The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru were named alongside other contenders such as the Amazon and Italy's Mount Vesuvius in the final list of 28, with the seven winners to be announced in 2011.
"A place among the ultimate New7Wonders of Nature would be a stunning achievement for our nation's iconic natural wonders," said Rick Allert, chair of Tourism Australia.
"We thank everyone who has played a part in ensuring Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef have made it through to this third and final stage, still in the running for the ultimate accolade," he added.
The 345,000 square kilometre reef is considered the world's largest living organism, while desert-bound red monolith Uluru attracts about 350,000 tourists a year.
The Swiss-based non-profit New7Wonders Foundation expects more than a billion votes to be cast over the next two years.
To visit the Great Barrier Reef or Uluru, tourists from Great Britain will need to have an Australian travel visa, or Australian ETA visa.
This is the most popular visa, it can be applied for online, and it allows the holder to visit Australia for up to three months for tourism purposes.
Apply for your Australian ETA visa and you could be ready to leave within minutes.
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