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Our mission is to lead, inspire, advise and support the Australian and global community to protect and share the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in perpetuity.

We acknowledge Rainforest Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the Wet Tropics and recognise their connection to this cultural landscape. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.

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Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is a living natural wonder and a cultural landscape like nowhere else on Earth. It hugs the coastal fringes from just north of Townsville to just south of Cooktown like a long green ribbon. The Wet Tropics is a special landscape where we can trace and see living examples of some of the earliest flowering plants and the emergence of songbirds. The diversity, evolution and survival of many rainforest species provides a fascinating story about life on Earth.  

The Wet Tropics also offers breathtaking scenery and sites of natural beauty at every turn. From the rugged peaks of Bartle Frere to the quiet mystery of the Daintree, the World Heritage Area is laced with trails, drives and waterways all offering unique experiences. You can drive along 40 scenic routes with over 100 spectacular lookouts and camera hotspots.

There are plenty of bush walks and cycling trails... or for those who just want to relax, there are many places to stay—camp in some of Queensland’s iconic national parks, enjoy eco-style hideaways, or indulge in luxurious resorts.

The cultural significance of the World Heritage Area is reflected in the unique traditional practices undertaken by Rainforest Aboriginal people who call the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area their home. Rainforest Aboriginal people look after the World Heritage Area in many different ways and participate with land managers of the Area to ensure its natural and cultural values are protected for future generations.