Jan
23
2014

Tasmania’s World Heritage areas

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Tasmania is jam-packed with areas deemed 'World Heritage&#039 by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

If an area gains World Heritage status, it means it's of particular value to humanity, and its natural and cultural environments need to be identified, protected and preserved.

The sheer scope of Tasmania's World Heritage Area is impressive. There are over 1.4 million hectares that come under this label – that's around one fifth of the total island.

Reserves like the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Hartz Mountains National Park – and many others – are included in the overall label.

The areas set aside are significant for a multitude of reasons, including natural splendour, historic Aboriginal significance, and much more. Many of the areas are also home to precious animals and wildlife, such as Tasmanian devils and native plants.

Why not design your own adventure to visit some of these extremely important – and stunning – World Heritage sights? Hiring a car and driving around Tasmania, spending as much or as little time as you like at each spot, is one of the most fulfilling and effective ways of seeing the island! Touch the World Heritage on a cruise on Tasmania’s West Coast. It is not called a World Heritage Cruise for nothing.

Some of our World Heritage is easy to access by vehicle, others demand planning and ‘going bush’. Best enjoyed with a partner, a well-planned trek will put you into the heart of some of the most treasured places on earth.

If you want to include more than just natural magnificence on your list, why not visit another aspect of our World Heritage collection? Best known of the World Heritage Convict Sites, Port Arthur is a former penal colony which is extremely fascinating, with remnants of prison cells and living quarters ready for exploration. Guided tours are available during the day, and at night there is a Ghost Tour sure to stir your imagination.

Whether you get the chance to visit just one, two, three or all of Tasmania's sublime World Heritage offerings, you're sure to leave with a renewed appreciation of nature, culture and history – not to mention a new found love for Tasmania.

Gordon River Cruise viewing the World Heritage Area from Strahan - Image Credit:  Fig & Walnut (Lani Kingston) Blog

Sweeping View of Mason Cove at Port Arthur - Image Credit Fotopedia and Graeme Tipping

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