Some tourist attractions lose their sheen; others never do. One such landmark is Australia’s Sydney Opera House, which for the second straight year was named Australia’s and the South Pacific’s Top Landmark in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards.
Following Australia’s most famous attraction on the list is former winner, Canberra’s Australian War Memorial followed by another NSW icon, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Victoria’s Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance.
Rounding out the top ten on the Aussie list are Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building (QVB), Port Arthur Historic Site, Fremantle Prison, HMAS Sydney II Memorial (Geraldton), and Perth’s Kings Park War Memorial, proving the fascination tourists have of past conflicts (and apparently of WA).
“The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Landmarks highlights some of Australia’s attractions that have topped the list for the global travel community,” TripAdvisor Asia Pacific communications director Janice Lee Fang said.
“From moving memorials and heritage buildings, to structures of architectural significance, Australians can look to this list to better understand the rich history behind some of their country’s most loved landmarks.”
Internationally, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat took out the gong for the globe’s top landmark.
Here’s the list of the Top 10 Landmarks in the World:
Top 10 Landmarks in the World:
Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Plaza de Espana – Seville, Spain
Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City, Italy
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba – Cordoba, Spain
Taj Mahal – Agra, India
Duomo di Milano – Milan, Italy
Alcatraz Island – San Francisco, USA
Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, USA
Parliament – Budapest, Hungary
TripAdvisor determined the winners by looking at the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.
Some 759 landmarks across 67 countries and eight regions across the globe were recognized in this year’s awards.
What do you think of the award winners, in Australia and globally?