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Only the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru were in the 28 finalists for New 7 Wonders of Nature. Neither were included in the final list, judged by an estimated 1 million people around the world.

Of the 259 nominations from 222 countries in the original list, 13 were from Australia.

But although Australia doesn't have bragging rights of a new wonder, they still worth a visit. They’re not going anywhere just yet.

Here are 10 of Australia’s natural wonders.

1. Great Barrier Reef

The only living thing on Earth visible from space, it was born 25 million years ago. The world’s largest reef system that stretches for 3,000 kilometers off the Queensland coast has 400 different types of coral and 1,500 species of tropical fish. Beautiful but precious, pollution and increased tourism threaten its future.

Underwater view of the world's largest living thing, the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
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2. Uluru

A sacred site to the indigenous Anangu people, who request individuals not to climb the sandstone monolith 450 kilometers southwest of Alice Springs in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It's 348 meters high with a circumference of 9.4 kilometers. It's famed for the different hues that bathe it, particularly at sunrise and sunset.

Sunrise at Australia's iconic monolith, Uluru, Northern Territory.
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3. Shark Bay

Some 800 kilometers north of Perth on Australia’s west coast, Shark Bay's W-shaped coastline of rocky limestone, white sand dunes and cliffs is 1,500-kilometers long. The bay has many shallow peninsulas and is home to 10,000 dugongs, as well as many threatened species, dolphins and the world’s most diverse sea grass. Historians say it was where Europeans first landed and deemed it "no good."

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Cape Peron, part of Shark Bay, Western Australia
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4. The Pinnacles

A three-hour drive north of Perth, these limestone formations were created 30,000 years ago when the receding ocean left deposits of seashells on shore. The Pinnacles rise several meters out of the sand in the Nambung National Park, which is home to grey kangaroos, emus and reptiles.


The Pinnacles in Western Australia.
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5. Twelve Apostles

Erosion created these limestone stacks that are viewable from the Great Ocean Road, off the Victorian coast, where they continue to erode. In spite of being named the Twelve Apostles, there were only nine when they were named -- but after a recent fall, there are now eight. Their base erodes at a rate of two centimeters a year.

The Twelve Apostles along the coast of the Great Ocean Road, Victoria.
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6. MacKenzie Falls

The biggest waterfall in the kangaroo-infested Grampians National Park, a sandstone mountain range that rises from the plains 235 kilometers west of Melbourne. At MacKenzie Falls, water falls 30 meters into a gorge, all year round, and gives off a rainbow mist in the sunshine.

MacKenzie Falls in the Grampians National Park, Victoria.
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7. Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island, 123 kilometers in length and up to 22 kilometers wide, lies at the end of the Great Sandy Straight.  It has rainforests, 240-meter-high sand dunes, 100 freshwater lakes and a diverse wildlife including many dingoes.

The world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, Queensland.
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