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Wet Tropics of Queensland

John booth New Zealand - 15-May-17

Wet Tropics of Queensland

This year I traveled to revisit Kuranda by the slow train, a journey that allows plenty of opportunity of seeing the rainforest close up, and vistas of the Coral Sea in the distance.

Kuranda village however remained unchanged from the way it was when I last visited 25 years ago.

But this year I added different destinations:

a. The Daintree River with its ovrhanging foliage, abundant birdlife and the occasional crocodile.

b. Cape Tribulation Beach, where the rainforest meets the reef.

c. a cruise on Lake Barrine opened up a world of tall trees, fish, eels, snakes and turtles all living in and around its waters.

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Purnululu National Park

John booth New Zealand - 14-May-17

Purnululu National Park

I took the more comfortable route to this site by flying in a small aircraft from Kununurra to Bellburn Airfield, within the Purnululu National Park. This had the added advantage of seeing the extent of the Bungle-Bungles from the air.

From the airfield it was a short drive to the Cathedral Gorge, in the centre of the park and in the midst of dozens of the colourful beehive domes.

Took a hike into Cathedral Gorge, noted for its shade, and ever-changing colours. Visited one of the camps for overnight stays, but opted to return to Kununurra.

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Ningaloo Coast

John booth New Zealand - 14-May-17

Ningaloo Coast

This site is located in the remote north-west corner of Western Australia where it rarely rains, and the scrub hardly grows more than knee high, so provides no natural shade from the rays of the sun. In April,when it was a balmy 39degC and the flies were in abundance, I drove from Exmouth along the bitumen to its end at Yardie Creek. From here southwards 4WD vehicles are mandatory. The drive was 170 kms each way, and there are numerous beaches where stops can be made to inspect the reef and its occupants.

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Australian Fossil Mammal Sites

John booth New Zealand - 13-May-17

Australian Fossil Mammal Sites

This year I visited the Northern part of this WHS : Riversleigh, Qld. The site is scattered over a large area, but section D is where some important finds have been made.

The finds however are not here, but have removed for study and processing to the Outback on Isa Museum in Mount Isa. They are readily accessible in the Riversleigh section, soaking in acid to remove some of the encasing limestone. This work is only in its infancy, and much is left to be discovered.

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Australian Convict Sites

John booth New Zealand - 13-May-17

Australian Convict Sites

This year I visited the 11th of the locations included in this WHS, the Fremantle Prison. Fremantle is connected by rail to the city of Perth WA.

The property is only accessible on a conducted tour, which takes you to the cells, kitchens, chapel, and exercise yards.

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Name
John booth
Country
New Zealand
Most Impressive
Lava Tubes, Jeju Island, South Korea
Proposal
Volcanoes of Auckland, New Zealand
  1. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  2. Purnululu National Park
  3. Ningaloo Coast
  4. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  5. Australian Convict Sites
  6. Mount Athos
  7. Thessalonika
  8. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  9. Meteora
  10. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  11. Mystras
  12. Epidaurus
  13. Mycenae and Tiryns
  14. Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  15. Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
  16. Island of Patmos
  17. Delos
  18. Gulf of Porto
  19. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  20. Mount Etna
  21. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  22. Serra de Tramuntana
  23. Causses and Cévennes
  24. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  25. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  26. Primeval Beech Forests
  27. Wadden Sea
  28. Ilulissat Icefjord
  29. Tasmanian Wilderness
  30. Australian Convict Sites
  31. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  32. Australian Convict Sites
  33. Greater Blue Mountains
  34. Lagoons of New Caledonia
  35. Australian Convict Sites
  36. Hawaii Volcanoes
  37. Chief Roi Mata's Domain
  38. Rabat
  39. Medina of Tétouan
  40. Medina of Marrakesh
  41. Medina of Essaouira
  42. Mazagan
  43. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  44. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  45. Cracow
  46. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  47. Centennial Hall
  48. Churches of Peace
  49. Zamosc
  50. Warsaw
  51. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  52. Torun
  53. Malbork Castle
  54. Struve Geodetic Arc
  55. Corfu
  56. Tallinn
  57. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  58. Paphos
  59. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  60. Stari Grad Plain
  61. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  62. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  63. Berat and Gjirokastra
  64. Butrint
  65. Levuka
  66. Komodo National Park
  67. Bali Subak system
  68. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  69. Lenggong Valley
  70. Longobards in Italy
  71. Ferrara
  72. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  73. Heritage of Mercury
  74. Skocjan Caves
  75. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  76. Sighisoara
  77. Dacian Fortresses
  78. Villages with Fortified Churches
  79. Monastery of Horezu
  80. Pirin National Park
  81. Nessebar
  82. Madara Rider
  83. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  84. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  85. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  86. Danube Delta
  87. Churches of Moldavia
  88. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  89. Hortobágy
  90. Tokaji Wine Region
  91. Primeval Beech Forests
  92. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  93. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  94. Vlkolinec
  95. Banska Stiavnica
  96. Litomysl Castle
  97. Kutna Hora
  98. Trebic
  99. Telc
  100. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  101. Hollókö
  102. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  103. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  104. Ban Chiang
  105. Dong Phayayen
  106. Preah Vihear Temple
  107. Sukhothai
  108. Hué
  109. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  110. Land of Frankincense
  111. Graz
  112. Semmering Railway
  113. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  114. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  115. Reichenau
  116. Dolomites
  117. Salzburg
  118. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  119. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  120. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  121. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  122. Rhaetian Railway
  123. Crespi d'Adda
  124. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  125. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  126. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  127. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  128. Genoa
  129. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  130. Vicenza
  131. Verona
  132. Ferrara
  133. Venice and its Lagoon
  134. Aquileia
  135. Pienza
  136. Val d'Orcia
  137. San Gimignano
  138. Urbino
  139. Ravenna
  140. San Marino and Mount Titano
  141. Val di Noto
  142. Agrigento
  143. Costiera Amalfitana
  144. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  145. Naples
  146. Pompei
  147. Assisi
  148. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  149. Villa d'Este
  150. Etruscan Necropolises
  151. Rome
  152. Bahla Fort
  153. Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
  154. Al Ain
  155. Selimiye Mosque
  156. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  157. Karlskrona
  158. Poblet Monastery
  159. Vall de Boi
  160. Tarraco
  161. Wadden Sea
  162. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  163. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  164. Luther Memorials
  165. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  166. Classical Weimar
  167. Lübeck
  168. Potsdam
  169. Stralsund and Wismar
  170. Bauhaus Sites
  171. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  172. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  173. Ancient Thebes
  174. Al Ain
  175. Te Wahipounamu
  176. Aflaj irrigation system
  177. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  178. Horyu-ji Area
  179. Kii Mountain Range
  180. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  181. Shirakami-Sanchi
  182. Shiretoko
  183. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  184. Flemish Béguinages
  185. Belfries
  186. The Four Lifts
  187. Fortifications of Vauban
  188. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  189. Mont-Saint-Michel
  190. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  191. Loire Valley
  192. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  193. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  194. Vézelay
  195. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  196. Vézère Valley
  197. Saint-Emilion
  198. Bordeaux
  199. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  200. Lyon
  201. Strasbourg
  202. City of Luxembourg
  203. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  204. Schokland
  205. Beemster Polder
  206. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  207. Hwaseong Fortress
  208. Jeju
  209. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  210. Haeinsa Temple
  211. Neolithic Orkney
  212. Studley Royal Park
  213. Derwent Valley Mills
  214. Gwynedd Castles
  215. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  216. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  217. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  218. Stonehenge
  219. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  220. Bryggen
  221. West Norwegian Fjords
  222. Vegaøyan
  223. Røros
  224. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  225. Gammelstad
  226. Laponian Area
  227. Rock Art of Alta
  228. Struve Geodetic Arc
  229. Old Rauma
  230. Sammallahdenmäki
  231. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  232. Petäjävesi Old Church
  233. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  234. Engelsberg Ironworks
  235. Birka and Hovgarden
  236. Visby
  237. Southern Öland
  238. Kronborg Castle
  239. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  240. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  241. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  242. Atapuerca
  243. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  244. Vizcaya Bridge
  245. Asturian Monuments
  246. Roman Walls of Lugo
  247. Santiago de Compostela
  248. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  249. Alto Douro
  250. Guimarães
  251. Oporto
  252. Monastery of Alcobaça
  253. Evora
  254. Belem
  255. Sintra
  256. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  257. Caceres
  258. Mérida
  259. Donana National Park
  260. Seville
  261. Granada
  262. Úbeda and Baeza
  263. Ibiza
  264. Palmeral of Elche
  265. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  266. Avila
  267. Cuenca
  268. Salamanca
  269. Alcala de Henares
  270. Segovia
  271. Tongariro National Park
  272. Iguazu National Park
  273. Iguacu
  274. Valparaiso
  275. Colonia del Sacramento
  276. Toledo
  277. El Escurial
  278. Incense Route of the Negev
  279. Old City of Acre
  280. Biblical Tells
  281. Kinabalu Park
  282. Gondwana Rainforests
  283. Royal Exhibition Building

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Bagan
  3. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  4. Dzongs of Bhutan
  5. Fortified City of Famagusta
  6. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  7. Jebel Shams, Wadi Nakhur, and Wadi Ghul
  8. Middle and Upper Sepik
  9. Okavango Delta
  10. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  11. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  12. Railways of the Andes
  13. Shwedagon Pagoda
  14. Silk Roads
  15. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  16. Tanna Island
  17. Transiberian Railway
  18. Triple arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan
  19. Varanasi
  20. Vatnajökull National Park

Top 200 WHS

  1. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  2. Kuk
  3. Laponian Area
  4. Alto Douro
  5. Saint-Emilion
  6. Palmeral of Elche
  7. Acropolis
  8. Agrigento
  9. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  10. Delos
  11. Butrint
  12. Villa Romana del Casale
  13. Pont du Gard
  14. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  15. Aquileia
  16. Arles
  17. Medina of Marrakesh
  18. Medina of Fez
  19. Samarkand
  20. Luang Prabang
  21. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  22. Bahá’i Holy Places
  23. Sigiriya
  24. Borobudur
  25. Kii Mountain Range
  26. Kandy
  27. Haeinsa Temple
  28. Pyramids (Memphis)
  29. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  30. Skogskyrkogarden
  31. Humayun's Tomb
  32. Thessalonika
  33. Nessebar
  34. Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  35. Lalibela
  36. Bethlehem
  37. Vatican City
  38. Saint Catherine Area
  39. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  40. Vall de Boi
  41. Mtskheta
  42. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  43. Churches of Moldavia
  44. Canterbury
  45. Urnes Stave Church
  46. Baroque Churches
  47. Reims
  48. Island of Patmos
  49. Villages with Fortified Churches
  50. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  51. Petäjävesi Old Church
  52. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  53. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  54. Westminster
  55. Sydney Opera House
  56. Kremlin and Red Square
  57. Kinderdijk
  58. Aflaj irrigation system
  59. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  60. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  61. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  62. Vigan
  63. Old Town of Galle
  64. Levuka
  65. Colonia del Sacramento
  66. Thingvellir
  67. Bali Subak system
  68. Uluru
  69. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  70. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  71. Chief Roi Mata's Domain
  72. Costiera Amalfitana
  73. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  74. Loire Valley
  75. Incense Route of the Negev
  76. Causses and Cévennes
  77. Vegaøyan
  78. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  79. Serra de Tramuntana
  80. Namib Sand Sea
  81. Sian Ka'an
  82. Struve Geodetic Arc
  83. Nubian Monuments
  84. Grand Canyon
  85. Ancient Nara
  86. Gyeongju
  87. Komodo National Park
  88. Galapagos Islands
  89. Ngorongoro
  90. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  91. Kinabalu Park
  92. Greater Blue Mountains
  93. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  94. Tasmanian Wilderness
  95. Primeval Beech Forests
  96. Yosemite National Park
  97. Ilulissat Icefjord
  98. Te Wahipounamu
  99. Chola Temples
  100. Prambanan
  101. Temple of Heaven
  102. Nikko
  103. Fraser Island
  104. Qutb Minar
  105. Selimiye Mosque
  106. Gunung Mulu
  107. Ha Long Bay
  108. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  109. West Norwegian Fjords
  110. Ningaloo Coast
  111. Lagoons of New Caledonia
  112. Wadden Sea
  113. Gulf of Porto
  114. Maritime Greenwich
  115. Hoi An
  116. Stralsund and Wismar
  117. Valparaiso
  118. Brugge
  119. Telc
  120. Gammelstad
  121. Quedlinburg
  122. Trogir
  123. Sighisoara
  124. Guimarães
  125. Vilnius
  126. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  127. Auschwitz Birkenau
  128. Genbaku Dome
  129. Australian Convict Sites
  130. Gwynedd Castles
  131. Himeji-jo
  132. Bahla Fort
  133. Masada
  134. Tower of London
  135. Kronborg Castle
  136. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  137. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  138. Heritage of Mercury
  139. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  140. Petra
  141. Al Ain
  142. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  143. Blenheim Palace
  144. Schönbrunn
  145. Summer Palace
  146. Willandra Lakes
  147. Mount Carmel Caves
  148. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  149. Fort and Shalamar Gardens
  150. Villa d'Este
  151. St. Petersburg
  152. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  153. Vlkolinec
  154. Zamosc
  155. Úbeda and Baeza
  156. Mesa Verde
  157. Machu Picchu
  158. Tikal National Park
  159. Stonehenge
  160. Biblical Tells
  161. Ban Chiang
  162. Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
  163. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  164. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  165. Kenya Lake System
  166. Victoria Falls
  167. Lake Baikal
  168. Okavango Delta
  169. Iguazu National Park
  170. Plitvice Lakes
  171. Danube Delta
  172. Vézère Valley
  173. Rock Art of Alta
  174. Twyfelfontein
  175. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  176. Angkor
  177. Ayutthaya
  178. Fatehpur Sikri
  179. Preah Vihear Temple
  180. Forth Bridge
  181. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  182. Land of Frankincense
  183. Old City of Jerusalem
  184. Matera
  185. The trulli of Alberobello
  186. Berat and Gjirokastra
  187. Old City of Acre
  188. Oporto
  189. Cordoba
  190. Brasilia
  191. Pienza
  192. L'Anse aux Meadows
  193. Isole Eolie
  194. Jeju
  195. Tongariro National Park