What Does World Heritage Mean

What Does World Heritage Mean

World Heritage

The Daintree Coast is special – it is the only place where two World Heritage areas are located together in the one region — the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest – are both found in Tropical North Queensland.


When the climate was cooler and drier in the Ice Ages, the rainforests of Australia became smaller and existed only in small damp refuges. These rainforest refuges have continued to exist for over 100 million years. One of these refuges is located in the Daintree , where the rainforest is believed to more than 135 million years old — and is considered to be one of the most ancient and primitive in the world.

Many plants originated more than 120 million years ago in Gondwana, before Australia was separated from the super continent.

These rainforests are some of the most significant ecosystems on the planet, and were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988 in recognition of their universal natural values as:

There have been many benefits to the Wet Tropics Rainforests being inscribed on the World Heritage List:

  • increased tourist visitation;
  • increases in employment opportunities;
  • income for local communities;
  • better management and protection of the place;
  • increased scrutiny, given its internationally acknowledged significance.

For more information visit:
Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Wet Tropics of Queensland - World Heritage Area
Great Barrier Reef - World Heritage Area