Australia’s World Heritage Sites and Photographic Exhibition

June 15, 2007 by

Australia & the Pacific, Places to Go

Australia's World Heritage Sites and Photographic Exhibition
Lord Howe Island Group

Did you know that Australia has 16 World Heritage sites located across the length and breadth of our vast continent and even offshore? Some are in such remote locations few people have had the opportunity to visit.

Editor’s Note: 16 sites? Did we say 16 World Heritage sites? Since we posted this originally on June 15, Australia has received some exciting news: the UN World Heritage committee has voted (unanimously no less) to give the Sydney Opera House World Heritage status! Congratulations Sydney, congratulations Australia, well done on your 17th World Heritage site. Now back to our original post…

Australia has long recognised the importance of preserving its rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage and was one of the first signatories to the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage. Since then, 182 countries have ratified the treaty. Sites nominated for World Heritage listing are inscribed on the list only after they have been carefully assessed as representing the best examples of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Each of Australia’s World Heritage properties is outstanding in its own right and collectively they present an amazing diversity of places and values. Now, gain an insight into some of the most outstanding places on earth through a stunning commemorative photographic exhibition featuring a collection of images from each of Australia’s World Heritage properties.

The breathtaking images on display provide a window into some of the most outstanding places on Earth, and will no doubt encourage all who visit to explore our great county.

Entry to the exhibition is free of charge, see it at:

  • 19 May – 14 June 2007 – Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dorrigo, NSW
  • 15 June – 3 July 2007 – Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zeland
  • 4 July – 30 July 2007 – James Cook University, Cairns Campus, Cairns, QLD
  • 31 July – 28 August 2007 – Skyrail, Caravonica, QLD
  • 29 August – 15 October 2007 – Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Blackheath, NSW
  • 16 October – January 2008 – Tasmanian Wilderness, World Heritage Area, TAS

Australia’s World Heritage sites, and date of World Heritage listing:

Australia's World Heritage Sites and Photographic Exhibition
Great Barrier Reef

1981
Great Barrier Reef
Kakadu National Park (Stage 2, 1987; Stage 3, 1992)
Willandra Lakes Region

1982
Tasmanian Wilderness (Extended 1989)
Lord Howe Island Group

1986
Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves (Australia) (extended in 1994)

Australia's World Heritage Sites and Photographic Exhibition
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

1987
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (extended in 1994)

1988

Wet Tropics of Queensland

1991
Shark Bay, Western Australia

1992
Fraser Island

1994
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte)

Australia's World Heritage Sites and Photographic Exhibition
Shark Bay

1997
Heard and McDonald Islands
Macquarie Island

2000
The Greater Blue Mountains

2003
Purnululu National Park

2004
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

Vicki Potts

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