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Seven wonders of Australia
QT Luong / terragalleria.com One of Australia's wonders? Rainforest near Cape Tribulation, Queensland.

To celebrate its seventh birthday, low cost airline Jetstar has begun the search for 'Jetstars Seven Wonders of Australia'.

Eighteen tourist locations have been nominated and Jetstar is encouraging all to vote through www.facebook.com/jetstaraustralia.

First on the list is Adelaide's Kangaroo Island. Located 110km south-west of Adelaide, the island is a 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis or a 30-minute plane ride from Adelaide.

Home to a vast array of bird, animal and plant species most of the island is either national park or a Wilderness protection area. Visitors will have the chance to see the Tammar Wallaby, Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, echidnas, koalas and goannas.

In Ballina, Byron Bay the Byron Lighthouse has been nominated. Sitting on Australia's most Eastern point it is also Australia's most powerful lighthouse.

Brisbane's Riverlife area is up for nomination with a range of activities and attractions along the riverside.

The key feature earning it a place in the Jetstar wonders is the Friday Night Paddle and Prawns experience.

Visitors to the Riverlife setting can kayak up the Brisbane River to watch the city lights shimmer on the water and take in the nightly view. Upon returning keen kayakers are treated to servings of ocean king prawns, bread rolls and cold drinks in the purpose built marquee. Riverlife also offers a Saturday night paddle and barbecue, Aboriginal cultural experiences and adventure packages.

Known for its dense jungle landscape, Cape Tribulation gives Cairns a nomination in the Jetstar list. Visitors can take part in a jungle surfing experience in the Daintree Rainforest using a low impact system of platforms and cables forest guests are able to glide safely through the forest from the jungle floor to the upper canopy.

Covering almost 20 000 square kilometres near Darwin, the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park has earned a spot on the Jetstar list.

Known for its cultural and natural wonders Kakadu has something for visitors at all times of the year. From artwork in the rock shelters at Ubirr and Nourlangie, to tours of the wetlands, this is a place to visit at least once in a lifetime.

The Gold Coast is a place for thrill seekers of an urban breed. With five world-class theme parks it has become a tourist mecca for beaches and excitement. For the younger generations it is up for nomination on the Jetstar Wonders of Australia list.

Dent Island in the Whitsundays is the perfect place to have a round of golf and is nominated for being the only island-based championship golf course in the Whitsundays.

In Hobart, the MONA Gallery is on the Jetstar Wonders list. The MONA gallery features a range of ancient, modern and contemporary art as well as an onsite bar café and cemetery. An art lovers paradise.

Cradle Mountain is a natural wonder of Launceston and forms the northern part of the Lake St Claire National Park. Consisting of ancient rainforest, alpine heathlands and deciduous beech, the abundant wildlife, glacial lakes and rushing alpine steams grant the area a nomination in the Jetstar Wonders list.

Wild platypus spotting at Eungella National Park is an attraction that gives Mackay its place on the Jetstar Wonders list. Eungella National Park is one of the best places to spot a platypus in the wild. Travellers visiting the river will have to be quick top snap a photo of the creatures as their time on the surface is very brief between diving for food.

Melbourne's Tullamarine is a maze of laneways and arcades offering shopping and activities unique to the area. Eateries, on off shops and bars bring tourists to the area and this has earned it a place on the Jetstar wonders list.

The Twelve Apostles feature on the Jetstar list and are already one of the great natural wonders of Australia.

Created by natural erosion the limestone rock stacks are 10-20 million years old and sit majestically in the Southern Ocean off Victoria's coastline. They are the last nominee for the Jetstar Seven Wonders of Australia.

Visit www.facebook.com/jetstaraustralia to vote.