Lonely Planet Writer

Survey reveals what famous landmarks people would most like to wake up to

If British people could wake up to a wish, they would opt to see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef outside when they pull the curtains, a new survey has revealed. Virtually one in three residents of the UK voted for the stunning Antipodean destination off the Queensland coast as the landmark they would prefer to wake up and see first thing in the morning.

Aerial view of Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.
Aerial view of Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Image by tororo reaction

Coming a close second was the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Nearly one one in four opted for the iconic landmark in the French capital, while 19% thought the Sydney Opera House was the ideal view to kick-start their day into happiness. The survey – commissioned by online interiors retailers Curtains.com – found the most desired backdrop was a remote beach scene. Other popular natural sites include a deserted strip of land (45%) while one in four prefer a countryside view. Against those tranquil vistas, only 15% voted for a bustling city view as their ideal way to wake up.

The Eiffel Tower came a close second in the survey.
The Eiffel Tower came a close second in the survey. Image by Artur Staszewski / CC BY-SA 2.0

Older people – 55 and over – were more likely to look for a countryside panorama whereas younger people in the 16-24 age bracket preferred a waterfall spectacle. According to a spokesperson, many people are inclined to dream of sunnier places when the weather is dreary in Britain, so it was no great surprise to see the Great Barrier Reef voted top viewing spot.

The Sydney Opera House, is an iconic sight worldwide.
The Sydney Opera House, is an iconic sight worldwide. Image by Dan Le

The spokesman added that Big Ben was a landmark which also made the cut, as well as Hulopoe Beach in Hawaii and Shoshone Falls in Idaho. The survey – part of the brand’s Beautiful Mornings campaign – got its findings after talking to 2000 people across the country.