Deep in the heart of the Coral Sea, patriotic Australians and enthusiastic travelers snorkeled and splashed their way to the opening of world’s most scenic and remote polling booth, placed on the Great Barrier Reef’s tiny sandbank island of Upolu Cay, 30 kilometers northeast of Cairns.
The pop-up booth was set up by Tourism Australia to promote voting for the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru in the New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign – a global search to recognize the seven most wondrous natural sites in the world, as decided by the general public.
“Seeing a polling both set up in the middle of the ocean, miles from civilization was certainly very surreal,” says snorkeler, Laura Turner from QLD. “After seeing how incredible the Great Barrier Reef is with my own eyes, the booth gave me the ideal opportunity to place my vote right there and then – it definitely deserves to be named one of the New 7 of Wonders of Nature.”
Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef have been shortlisted as two of the 28 finalists of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and now face stiff competition from other countries around the world including New Zealand’s Milford Sound, South Africa’s Table Mountain and The USA’s Grand Canyon. The chosen seven wonders will be decided by a global public vote.
Voting will end at 11.11am GMT on 11 November 2011.
New7Wonders of Nature Background:
The New7Wonders of Nature campaign, established by the New7Wonders Foundation, is a global search to recognize the seven most wondrous natural sites in the world as voted by the public.
Two of Australia’s most famous natural wonders, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef fought off stiff competition from 440 sites across the globe. Both sites made it through as two of the 28 finalists alongside Angel Falls in Venezuela, Milford Sound in New Zealand, Bay of Fundy in Canada, the USA’s Grand Canyon and the Amazon.
For more information, visit: http://www.new7wonders.com/
Beautiful video of the gorgeous waters around the sandbank and polling booth:
SOURCE Tourism Australia via PR Newswire