Australians are being encouraged to vote for their favourite natural landmark in a new online competition.

The Central Australian landmark of Uluru has been put forward as one of 28 global sites competing to be named one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature.

As part of a seven-month online competition, global citizens will be encouraged to vote for their favourite natural marvel, with the Great Barrier Reef also nominated, proving that nature-loving travellers taking flights to Australia will be spoilt for choice.

Other global landmarks nominated include the Grand Canyon in America, the Black Forest in Germany and South America’s Iguazu Falls.

Malarndirri McCarthy, the Australian tourism minister, said that she would be writing to celebrity fans of Uluru, such as Oprah Winfrey, to encourage them to vote.

“Uluru captivates visitors with its physical and spiritual presence,” she said.

The aborigine landmark, previously known as Ayers Rock, was one of the first areas in the world to gain dual World Heritage listing for both its natural and cultural values, Ms McCarthy added.

Written by Erin Marshall

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