People researching holidays to Australia may find the latest survey on the country’s top destinations of interest.

Kakadu and Uluru have been voted Australia’s top travel destinations in a survey by National Geographic Traveller.

Kakadu National Park came second in the publication’s annual Places Rated poll, with judges commenting on its “wonderful wildlife and unspoilt beauty”.

Located in the Northern Territory, Kakadu boasts tropical watering holes, wetlands and escarpments that are a haven for rare plant and animal species.

Another big draw to the park is the ancient rock art which depicts many of the area’s creatures.

Uluru was the only other Australian attraction to make it into the top 50, ranked 32nd. It was described as “a good model for arid-zone and indigenous-tourism development”.

Tourism chiefs in Australia recently unveiled a new viewing platform at the rock formation, designed to provide tourists with spectacular views of the landmark at sunrise.

Maree Tetlow, chief executive at Tourism NT, said that the accolade was “testimony to our tourism operators and our parks management”.

Written by Ruth Norris

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