World Heritage Listing

Australia’s Tropical Rainforests are an exceptional, natural environment. To protect these rainforests and ensure they are preserved for future generations, they were placed on the World Heritage list in 1988.

To qualify for natural World Heritage status a site must fulfil one of four criteria, Australia's Tropical rainforests satisfy all four natural criteria, which are:

  1. Represents a major stage of the earth’s evolutionary history - The rainforests of Tropical North Queensland are like a window on how the world once was;
  2. Provide outstanding examples of ongoing environmental processes - The rainforest landscape contains clues as to how our world continues to evolve;
  3. Contain the highest quality of natural occurrences, or areas of natural beauty - Australia’s Tropical Rainforests are a place of exceptional natural beauty;
  4. Contain the most important natural areas for the conservation of the variety of life - Australia’s Tropical Rainforests are home to many rare and endangered plants and animals.

25 Years of World Heritage listing in 2013

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area was listed because of its outstanding universal value meaning that it was a place of exceptional importance for the whole world. 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the listing. The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area has worldwide recognition for its spectacular scenery, rugged topography with fast-flowing rivers etched with deep gorges and cascading waterfalls, and panoramas of undisturbed rainforest as far as the eye can see. Stretching from Cooktown to Townsville in tropical north Queensland, this area is a living museum of ancient plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. Wet Tropics World Heritage Area forests are home to many rare and endangered animal species, some that have changed very little since prehistoric times. Skyrail is proud to be able to showcase this fascinating area to our guests.

To find out more, visit Wet Tropics Management Authority.