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Gondwana Rainforests

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The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (formerly called Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves) were designated a world heritage site because of their geological features.

The WHS consists of no less than 41 different parks in Queensland and New South Wales.

The Queensland areas include Lamington National Park, Mount Chinghee National Park, Springbrook National Park, Mount Barney National Park and Main Range National Park.

The New South Wales areas include Barrington Tops National Park, Dorrigo National Park, Mount Warning National Park, New England National Park, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Washpool National Park, Willi Willi National Park and Werrikimbe National Park.

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Community Reviews


Michael Turtle - December 2016

The Dorrigo National Park is popular partly because it is a perfect example of the ancient rainforests but also because it’s easily accessible from coastal holiday towns like Coffs Harbour. It takes about 90 minutes to drive from the beach, through small villages like Bellingen and rural bush. The final road up the hill towards the entrance to the park gives you a taste of what is to come with ancient trees creating a tunnel in parts and then occasionally opening up for a wide view across an army of trunks.

At the visitors centre at the entrance to the park is a skywalk that takes you out above the forest so you can see the extent of its reach. The faint sounds of animals drift up from below but they are protected under the green canopy. To get a closer look, you need to take one of the several tracks that lead you to different parts of the rainforest. The walk to the waterfalls is one of the most popular.

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Andrew Bevan - March 2011

One of the most impressive sections of the rainforests is the Rainforest Centre at Dorrigo, NSW. There is a 'sky walk' that takes you over the forest canopy and has sweeping views out towards the ocean. Add to this a beautiful 3 hour work on a path through the forest, truely magic.


GlenGodfrey - September 2010

Canopy walkways are gaining popularity in several rain-forests both as a research tool and as a way to attract tourists. The Canopy Walkway provides a view of the rain-forest from the treetops, giving you a unique perception of the wildlife and vegetation seldom observed from the ground.

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Tom Allen - December 2008

The New England National Park is one of the biggest in the Gondwana group and has the advantage, say, over the Blue Mountains WHS by being a lot less busy on the tourist trails. Travel a short distance from Armidale and you can enter the park at it's western edge for a day trip. The view from Point Lookout is awe-inspiring...


John Booth

This is a scattered site made up of a number of unconnected national parks.

There is a very informative Site Information office in the town of Murwillumbah, with very helpful staff. The town is served by buses travelling between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, but trains no longer run there. We rented a car for a few days to visit the site.

The salient feature of the site is Mount Warning, named by Captain Cook over three hundred years ago. It sticks out like a thumb in the centre of a huge crater. We hiked though the bush around the base of the mountain. Because the site is sacred to the local Wollumbin people it is not recommended to climb to the top.

Great views of the whole crater can be seen from the rim of the crater. We found a great lookout up in the Springbrook National Park.


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Read what one Local Government Council is doing to a world heritage listed region.www.worldheritagedump.com.au


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Site Info

Full name: Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

Site History

  • 2007 - Name change

    From "Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves (Australia)" to "Gondwana Rainforests of Australia"
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  • 1986 - Inscribed

    Reasons for inscription
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Locations

The site has 41 locations. Show all

  • Amaroo Flora Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • Barrington Tops National Park New South Wales, Australia
  • Border Ranges National Park New South Wales, Australia
  • Burnett Creek State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Cronan Creek State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Dorrigo National Park New South Wales, Australia
  • Emu Vale State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Fenwicks Scrub Flora Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • Gambubal State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Gibraltar Ranger National Park New South Wales, Australia
  • Gilbert State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Goomburra State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Iluka Nature Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • Kerripit Beech Flora Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • Killarney State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Lamington National Park Queensland, Australia
  • Limpinwood Nature Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • Main Range National Park Queensland, Australia
  • Mount Barney National Park (part) Queensland, Australia
  • Mount Chinghee National Park Queensland, Australia
  • Mount Clunie Flora Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • Mount Mistake National Park (part) Queensland, Australia
  • Mount Nothofagus Flora Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • Mount Warning National Park New South Wales, Australia
  • Mt Hyland Nature Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • Mt Seaview Nature Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • New England National Park New South Wales, Australia
  • Nightcap National Park New South Wales, Australia
  • Numinbah Nature Reserve New South Wales, Australia
  • Palen Creek' State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Prison Purposes Land Queensland, Australia
  • Rabbitt Board Paddock Reserves Queensland, Australia
  • Spicers Gap State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Springbrook National Park (part) Queensland, Australia
  • Telemon Environmental Park Queensland, Australia
  • Teviot State Forest Queensland, Australia
  • Turtle Rock Environmental Park Queensland, Australia
  • Washpool National Park New South Wales, Australia
  • Werrikimbe National Park New South Wales, Australia
  • Willi Willi NP (formerly Banda Banda Flora Reserve) New South Wales, Australia
  • Wilsons Peak Flora Reserve New South Wales, Australia

Connections

The site has 9 connections.

Ecology

  • Eucalypts Eucalyptus andrewsii at high altitudes and by tallowwood E. microcorys - E. saligna and then tallowwood-blue gum (AB ev)
  • Natural Arches and Bridges The Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park, a part of Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, Australia
  • Rainforests 
  • Ratites emu

Human Activity

Timeline

  • Paleozoic Major stages represented include the 'Age of the Pteridophytes' from the Carboniferous Period with some of the oldest elements of the world's ferns represented, and the 'Age of Conifers' in the Jurassic Period (AB ev)

WHS on Other Lists

World Heritage Process

  • Extensions on Tentative List The proposed additions are located within the same broad geographic range as the existing World Heritage Area with a northern extension to include the Bunya Mountains National Park. A total of 689 364 hectares is proposed for addition.
  • Name changes From "Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves (Australia)" to "Gondwana Rainforests of Australia" (2007)