World Heritage Sites in Queensland

In Queensland, we’re all about natural beauty. UNESCO has recognised this by listing five of our wonders as World Heritage areas. These areas are recognised worldwide for their importance as natural and cultural symbols and we’re super proud to show them off.

While you’re here, tick off one or all of our World Heritage Listed areas:

  • The Great Barrier Reef was the first Queensland site to be recognised for its representation of major stages of the earth’s evolutionary history and as the largest coral reef system on the planet.
  • Gondwana Rainforests of Australia straddles Queensland’s southern border and encompasses Lamington, Springbrook, Mt Barney and the Main Range National Parks. This area is the most extensive remaining area of sub-tropical rainforest and is home to nearly all of the world's Antarctic beech rainforest.
  • Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and is noted for its exceptional beauty, ever-evolving coastal sand dune formations and habitats, as well as 250km of sandy beaches.
  • A slightly prehistoric twist sees ancient Australian mammals preserved in limestone at the Riversleigh Fossil Mammal site in Outback Queensland on the list. Some fossil deposits date back 25 million years.
  • Extending from Cooktown to Townsville and including the Daintree Rainforest, the Wet Tropics of Queensland protects Australia’s largest remaining area of wet tropical rainforest with cultural significance for the Aboriginal people who have called this area home for thousands of years.

Aim to reach all five World Heritage Listed areas and you’ll have an adventure plan that covers off most of our beautiful state!

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