Queensland’s World Heritage areas

  • Limestone outcrop at Riversleigh. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites – Riversleigh section

    Image detailsLimestone outcrop at Riversleigh.Mark Nemeth © Queensland Government

    Riversleigh has uncovered some of the world’s most outstanding fossils.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Image details© Tourism and Events Queensland

    The Great Barrier Reef became Queensland’s first World Heritage area in 1981, and is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 species of molluscs, 400 species of sponge and 300 species of hard corals.

  • Lamington\'s lookouts have breathtaking views. Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

    Image detailsLamington's lookouts have breathtaking views.Lightcapturer © Queensland Government

    The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia straddles the border between Queensland and New South Wales, protecting subtropical and temperate rainforests that date back to the Jurassic Period about 180 million years ago.

  • Wander through the refreshing green rainforest on the Pile Valley circuit. K’gari (Fraser Island)

    Image detailsWander through the refreshing green rainforest on the Pile Valley circuit.© Lauren Bath

    At Fraser Island (K’gari), you can actually see the very processes of change which made this island worthy of World Heritage listing.

  • From the day-use area you can access walks along the scenic Mossman River. Wet Tropics

    Image detailsFrom the day-use area you can access walks along the scenic Mossman River.Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

    The Wet Tropics of Queensland is one of a handful of sites worldwide which met all four criteria for World Heritage listing, with no other rainforests in Australia as varied as those found in this area.