Wet Tropics of Queensland

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Wet Tropics of Queensland *
Cape Tribulation from Cocnut Beach.jpg
Cape Tribulation, Wet Tropics of Queensland
Country Australia
Type Natural
Criteria vii, x
Reference 486
Region ** Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1988 (12th Session)

The Wet Tropics of Queensland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is in a narrow strip along the east coast of Queensland, Australia. It starts just north of Townsville and continues to just south of Cooktown, a distance of about 450 km (280 mi). This is an area of 894,420 ha (2,210,160 acres) in 730 separate blocks of land[1] which includes 41 national parks covering185,000 ha (457,145 acres).[2] About 80% of the site is tropical rainforest. It is interesting because it is very old forest, and is a living record of 415 million years of evolution, going back to Pangea and Gondwana. All of Australia's marsupials, and many of its other animals, evolved in tropical rainforests, and many of their closest surviving ancestors still live in the Wet Tropics of Queensland.

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This article is about a World Heritage Site