Wet Tropics of Queensland (1988)

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United Nations (Geneva) 1999. World Cultural Heritage. Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia.

This area, which stretches along the north-east coast of Australia for some 450 km, is made up largely of tropical rainforests. 

This biotope offers a particularly extensive and varied array of plants, as well as marsupials and singing birds, along with other rare and endangered animals and plant species. 

  • United Nations (Geneva) 1999.  The Wet Tropics of Queensland. Please note that a similar stamp was issued by United Nations Vienna, also in 1999, with the face value of S 1,00. 

The Wet Tropics World Heritage property lies between Townsville and Cooktown on the north-east coast of Queensland and covers an area of approximately 894 000 hectares. 

The area is a region of spectacular scenery and rugged topography with fast-flowing rivers, deep gorges and numerous waterfalls. The mountain summits provide expansive vistas of undisturbed rainforests. One of the largest rainforest wilderness areas in Australia centres around the Daintree River valley. The association of fringing coral reefs and rainforest coastline in the Cape Tribulation region is found nowhere else in Australia and is a rare combination in other parts of the world.  

The vegetation of the area is predominantly rainforest, but also includes mixtures with sclerophyll tree species that occur as emergent and co-dominant species in the canopy. Fringing the rainforests are areas of tall, open forest and tall, medium and low woodland. A striking feature that is unique to Australia is the generally sharp demarcation between the rainforest and adjacent sclerophyll vegetation. 

Australia 2005. World Cultural Heritage. Wet Tropics Queensland, Australia.

These rainforests are floristically and structurally the most diverse in Australia. They include 13 major structural types, further classified into 27 broad communities. Mangrove forests within the area cover 13 600 hectares. Their floristic diversity is the highest of any mangrove community in Australia and comparable with that of any in the world; 29 'species associations' have been defined in the area.  

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Other World Heritage Sites in Australia (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Australia-section, for further information about such sites. 

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