Wet Tropics Management Authority executive director Andrew Maclean said it was a great opportunity for families to explore the Wet Tropics and appreciate why it is the second most irreplaceable World Heritage Area on earth.
“The Wet Tropics has so much to offer locals and visitors who want to spend some quality time outdoors over the Easter holiday period. Walking tracks and waterfalls, bird watching and spotting wildlife are just some of the family orientated activities that see kids enjoying the World Heritage Area on their doorstep,” Mr Maclean said.
“A community that explores and loves their World Heritage Area is a community that is actively involved in the Area’s conservation and protection,” Mr Maclean added.
Mr Maclean commended National Parks for their quick response and clean-up efforts after Cyclone Ita.
“The extraordinary effort of parks staff following Cyclone Ita means that some parks are open in time for the Easter break. We do stress to exercise caution around creeks and swimming holes that may be running faster after the high rainfall from Ita,” Mr Maclean said.
If you intend to visit a park, check if it’s open first by visiting the National Parks website at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.
“Cassowaries may also be on the move following the cyclone so if you are driving in cassowary habitat, slow down and take care,” he added.
About World Heritage Day and Australian Heritage Week 2014
World Heritage Day coincides with Good Friday on 18 April this year. World Heritage Day offers an opportunity to raise public awareness about the diversity of the world’s heritage, its vulnerability, and protection and conservation efforts.
Australian Heritage Week started on 12 April and concludes on 20 April. Australian Heritage Week is an opportunity to celebrate the things we love about Australia. It is an annual, national celebration of Australia's unique heritage - its amazing natural places, our rich indigenous heritage and the diverse historic sites that together, reflect our development as a nation. For more information visit the Australian Heritage Week website.