Lord Howe Island in line for '7 wonders of Australia' award

Heritage listed: Lord Howe Island. Photo: Kyle Bowman

Heritage listed: Lord Howe Island. Photo: Kyle Bowman

Do you rate Lord Howe Island as one of the '7 wonders of Australia'?

The popular tourist destination is in the running for the honour with a nation-wide voting initiative underway.

The World Heritage-listed site’s volcano and reef structure form a true slice of paradise, with its terrain featuring colourful reefs, married with marine life, empty sandy beaches, magnificent volcanic peaks and a nearly unmatched sense of solitude.

While numerous lists and rankings for Australia’s most iconic sites have been made by individuals in the past, an Australian travel company is turning to crowd-sourcing of the Australian public to vote as a nation to determine what our country’s greatest wonders are.  

Led by the country’s largest online marketplace for travel experiences, Experience Oz, the ‘7 Wonders of Australia’ campaign asks Australians of voting age to select from a shortlist of 50 iconic Australian natural sites, landmarks and architectural icons submitted by state and regional tourism organisations from across the country.

The poll aims to reinforce Australia’s majestic sites as some of the best on the planet, encourage domestic travellers to explore the best of their backyard, and highlight conservation and environmental issues in a bid to encourage people to contribute to help preserve them. 

Over the next three months, Aussies will have the opportunity to make history and vote for the ‘7 Wonders of Australia’, with nominees including the Blue Mountains, the Great Barrier Reef, Port Arthur Historic Site, Wave Rock, Fraser Island, Sydney Opera House, Uluru, the Shrine of Remembrance and more.

Lord Howe Island Tourism Association Executive Officer Trina Shepherd said the association was delighted that the island had been nominated to be in the running for the 7 Wonders of Australia list.

“World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is home to thousands of endemic and migrating seabirds, the fascinating and very rare phasmid, a host of spectacular hikes and the world’s southernmost coral reef, where warm waters make it easy for visitors to swim, snorkel or dive to discover an extraordinary submarine world rich in vibrant corals, fish and turtles,” Ms Shepherd said.

Visitors and residents think it’s a very special place from the moment they touch down on the runway lined with green lawns and white picket fence, Treasure Island-style.

Trina Shepherd

“Visitors and residents think it’s a very special place from the moment they touch down on the runway lined with green lawns and white picket fence, Treasure Island-style. 

"With no mobile phone connection and relaxed wi-fi, a visit to Lord Howe is a chance to get off the grid and reconnect with the ones you love.”

With a number of nationwide and international organisations collaborating on the campaign in a quest to promote the ‘7 Wonders of the Australia’ and also engage conservation efforts, the once-off campaign is receiving significant support.  

Once public voting closes in October, a shortlist of 20 Finalists from the top-voted nominees will be vetted by a reputable and expert panel of judges from throughout Australia’s tourism, conservation and non-for-profit sectors, who will deliberate and officially announce the ‘7 Wonders of Australia’ to the world.

Public voting closes Sunday October 7, 2018, before the top 20 most-voted nominees are deliberated on by a panel of experts that will announce the top 7 Wonders of Australia in November 2018. Voters must be Australian residents of voting age.

Participants in the poll will have the opportunity to win one of seven complimentary prize packages to visit the 7 Wonders of Australia in person.

For more information or to vote,  visit www.experienceoz.com.au/7Wonders or SMS [WONDERNAME] to 19 719 777.