Coast off the bucket list

Australian Traveller rates “experiencing” Mount Isa ahead of diving the Brisbane.
Australian Traveller rates “experiencing” Mount Isa ahead of diving the Brisbane.

SERIOUSLY, which experience would you rate more highly as a “must do” before you die – dive the HMAS Brisbane or “experience Mount Isa”?

According to Australia's “top-selling travel magazine”, Australian Traveller, Mount Isa should take priority on your bucket list ahead of diving the Brisbane or enjoying any of the Sunshine Coast's world-class attractions.

Australia Zoo, the Noosa National Park, the hinterland Great Walk, kayaking the Noosa everglades or taking part in the Noosa Long Weekend also didn't figure anywhere in the magazine's latest top 100 “things to do in Australia before you die”.

Queensland clocked up a total of 19 experiences on the list in the latest edition, on sale today, with “more must-sees and must-dos than any other state”.

Included were fun experiences like “whale-watch in Hervey Bay,” dive the Great Barrier Reef and “get stranded on Wilson Island”.

But the Sunshine Coast? Nada.

A spokeswoman for the magazine explained the list was determined by a panel of 10 respected Australians including Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler, Getaway reporter Catriona Rowntree and Noosa's very own businessman Bob Ansett.

“They ranked more than 800 nominations from readers and members of the travel industry,” the spokeswoman said.

But Mr Ansett told the Daily he was “disappointed” the Sunshine Coast didn't even get a mention.

“They sent me a list of about 130 things which I was given a couple of weeks to rank on a scale of one to 10 and I was given the opportunity to add some of my own,” Mr Ansett said.

“Australia Zoo was on the (original) list and I ranked it highly, I think I gave it a nine. I also included the Noosa Long Weekend, which I gave 10.”

Mr Ansett said the list didn't provide a “lot of flexibility in the way it was structured”. The Sunshine Coast also didn't figure in Australian Traveller magazine's “hot list” of destinations to visit in 2011.

Although Sunshine Beach did snag the number one spot in another list of “secret beaches”.


Australian Traveller's top four Queensland experiences in the 100 Things to do before you die:

Sail the Whitsundays

Reach Australia's northernmost point at Cape York

Conquer the sand dune of the Simpson

Camp on Lady Musgrave Island

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