AUSTRALIA’s most recognisable landmark might be the Sydney Opera House, but our most beloved is in a different city entirely.
TripAdvisor followers have voted the Australian War Memorial in Canberra the country’s top landmark ahead of 2015 winner — the Opera House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in third spot.
Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance came in fourth on the list, followed by the Victorian capital’s Block Arcade.
The Port Arthur Historic site in Tasmania ranked sixth and Fremantle Prison seventh.
Canberra also scored ninth place with Parliament House while Adelaide, Brisbane and Darwin missed out altogether.
VisitCanberra Director Ian Hill said the TripAdvisor award capped off a record year for the national capital, with 4.4 million visitors in 2015.
“It’s fantastic, and fitting recognition for one of Australia’s most significant attractions,” said Mr Hill.
“A visit to the Australian War Memorial should be on everyone’s must-do list.”
Worldwide the enigmatic Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru was named the number one landmark, beating the opulent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
TripAdvisor Communications director for the Asia-Pacific, Janice Lee Fang said landmarks chosen by travellers were historically, architecturally or culturally significant.
Machu Picchu receives over 5000 visitors a day in high season, as the most famous archaeological site in South America.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has been built to accommodate 40,000 people and serves as the central place of worship for citizens of Abu Dhabi.
Other top international landmarks were the ancient temple site of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Italy and the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
“These Travellers’ Choice landmarks showcase some of the world’s most iconic, must-see attractions that have been visited by our TripAdvisor community,” said Ms Lee Fang.
Australia’s top 10 most beloved landmarks
1. Australian War Memorial — Australian Capital Territory
2. Sydney Opera House — Sydney
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge — Sydney
4. Shrine of Remembrance — Melbourne
5. Block Arcade — Melbourne
6. Port Arthur Historic Site — Port Arthur
7. Fremantle Prison — Fremantle
8. Kings Park War Memorial — Perth
9. Australian Parliament House — Canberra
10. Queen Victoria Building (QVB) — Sydney
World’s Top Landmarks
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
3. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
4. St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy
5. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
6. Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain
7. Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood, St Petersburg, Russia
8. The Alhambra, Granada, Spain
9. Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington D.C. United States
10. Milan Cathedral (Duomo) Milan, Italy