In a public vote, South Australia's Waterfall Gully has been judged Australia's No. 1 "secret spot" in a competition on the accommodation booking website Hooroo. Much-loved by locals, the top attraction at the foot of the Mount Lofty Ranges about 15 minutes' drive from the city has waterfalls, walking trails, picnic spots and a hilltop restaurant.
The walk from Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty offers views of Adelaide, the South Australian coast and Piccadilly Valley.
No. 2 spot on the website owned by Qantas is the underwater splendour of Fish Rock Cave in South West Rocks, New South Wales, in which divers enter the cavern at 24 metres below sea level to swim among trumpet fish and black cod, to name a few species.
Hobart's Secret Falls, a short walk past Cascades and the Female Factory on the lower slopes of Mount Wellington is voted No. 3 while fishing mecca Tumby Bay on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula took the No. 4 spot. Little Beach in Albany, Western Australia with turquoise water and sheltered headland is voted No. 5.
Hooroo's Head of Marketing, Lija Wilson said the winning spots captured "the varied beauty of the Australian outdoors which goes to show how proud we are of our spectacular surroundings".
Launched in November 2012, the competition to glean the best insider travel experiences attracted more than 500 entries. Almost 2000 votes secured the top five places from the 40 shortlisted finalists.