Threats to many of the world’s natural wonders are growing, according to a 2017 report evaluating threats faced by natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites include many of the most iconic wild places on the planet, including the Great Barrier Reef and Galapagos Islands.
Happy Western Australia Day! It’s an annual reminder to check out and appreciate the beauty of this part of the world.
Traditionally celebrated on the first Monday of June, Western Australia Day commemorates the founding of the Swan River Colony, in 1829 by British colonists. Since 2011, the holiday also recognizes Aboriginal Australians as the original inhabitants of Western Australia — one of the oldest known living cultures on Earth,
Western Australia spans more than 2.5 million square kilometres – about the size of Western Europe. It represents about 1/3 of Australia’s total landmass. And there’s plenty to see — from star-studded southern hemisphere skies, to breaktaking landscapes, to glorious seascapes, to all that lives and grows in between.
Western Australia boasts one of the longest and and most scenic coastlines in the world, with lush forests and dramatic mountainous ranges. With plenty of year-round sunshine, pristine sugar sand beaches, expansive outback, UNESCO World Heritage reef and rock formations, world-class surf, gorgeous vineyards, and beautiful indigenous art, Western Australia has much to celebrate.
Read more from source: Exceptional Beauty of Western Australia | Western Australia Day | BeautifulNow
On holiday, we all dream of a beautiful beach with the warm powdered sand between your toes listening to the soothing clear waves lapping against the shore as you soak up the glorious sun. We all know the feeling when we turn up to a stunning beach and its packed full of people and anything but what you imagined!
The good news is, there are still undiscovered beaches out there! Blissful hideaways where the crowds of tourists haven’t yet eclipsed the tranquilly and local culture.
From catching waves the perfect waves at an uncrowded surf spot, to sunbathing on peaceful small beach bays. We have gathered together five beautifully blissful beaches that are yet to reach the crowds!
Koh Lanta, Thailand
Far from the busting crowds of Phucket and Phi Phi, Koh Lanta offers sunset-drenched beaches with pristine sands and world-class coral reefs. Be welcomed by the friendly Thai locals who live in stilt houses within small fishing villages dotted around the island. The further south you venture on the island, the more secluded it becomes.
Palm Beach, Barbuda
Completed in 1880 to mark Melbourne’s first international exhibition, the Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. It was the site of Australia’s first Federal parliament in 1901, hosted events for the 1956 Summer Olympics, and was the first site to fly the new Australian National Flag following a six-day, national flag design competition in 1901. In 2004, the Royal Exhibition Building and the surrounding Carlton Gardens became the first building in Australia granted listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Earlier this month, CyArk, a nonprofit organization that digitally records, archives and helps preserve world heritage sites, and Iron Mountain Incorporated® (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, completed a preservation project to digitally capture and preserve the Royal Exhibition Building. The project, the first joint endeavor in Australia, will ensure that this important cultural, historical and political landmark will live on digitally archived and available for generations to come as part of CyArk and Iron Mountain’s ongoing commitment to preserving world heritage sites.
The winning landmarks of the 2018 TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards have been announced. They were chosen using an algorithm that includes the quality and quantity of traveler reviews collated over a 12-month period.
25. SHWEDAGON PAGODA IN YANGON, MYANMAR
The 2,500-year-old gilded stupa is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country. It is located on Singuttara Hill and is over 360 feet (110 meters) tall. The pagoda is covered with gold plates and 4,000 diamonds are set into the top of the stupa. In addition to its complex geometry, its radiant golden glow is hard to miss.
24. FUSHIMI INARI-TAISHA SHRINE IN KYOTO, JAPAN
Dedicated to Inari, the Shinto spirit of foxes, rice and fertility (among others), the temple is known for thousands of vermilion torii gates that make up a network of trails. These lead up to the sacred woods of Mount Inari, which stand 764 feet (233 meters) high. The shrine’s grounds are dotted with fox figurines; they are believed to be Inari’s messengers.
23. NOTRE-DAME BASILICA IN MONTREAL, CANADA
The basilica, located in the historic district of Old Montreal, is known for its dramatic Gothic Revival architecture.
A recent survey of millennials in the UK from Topdeck found that Australia remains a firm favourite amongst young travellers in the UK as they listed Oz as their number 1 bucket list country to visit.
The Blue Mountains are located 2 hours west of Sydney but the stunning scenery on the way will make the journey a pleasant and incredible experience. The UNESCO World Heritage site is popular amongst hikers and with over 140 km of walking tracks available, you can take some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and admire the beautiful wildlife and scenery. If that wasn’t enough, visit the nearby Jenolan Caves – the world’s oldest underground cave systems that still to this day are being explored due to the sheer size of the caves!
Widely considered as one of the most spectacular light festivals in the world, a trip to the city during Vivid Sydney will not leave you feeling disappointed.
Read more from source: 5 Reasons Why Sydney Should Be On Your Bucket List
TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice® awards for Landmarks in Australia.
For the second consecutive year, Sydney Opera House has clinched the #1 spot in Australia and South Pacific. Coming in second in Australia was the Australian War Memorial, followed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge in third. Globally, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat won the title of top landmark in the world.
“The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Landmarks highlights some of Australia’s attractions that have topped the list for the global travel community,” said Janice Lee Fang, Director of Communications, Asia Pacific, TripAdvisor. “From moving memorials and heritage buildings, to structures of architectural significance, Australians can look to this list to better understand the rich history behind some of their country’s most loved landmarks.”
TripAdvisor has also identified highly-rated tours and experiences at these award winning landmarks. TripAdvisor has more than 100,000 bookable tours, activities and experiences worldwide to help travellers see and learn more of a place than they would on their own.
Top 10 Landmarks in Australia:
Sydney Opera House – Sydney
Read more from source: Sydney Opera House Named Tripadvisor’s #1 Landmark In Australia
As K’gari Fraser Island marks 25 years of UNESCO World Heritage status, a symposium will be held to share knowledge and enhance understanding of its unique universal values.
Presented by USC at its Fraser Coast campus on 7-8 June, the K’gari-Fraser Island Symposium will bring together researchers, traditional owners, UNESCO committee representatives and other organisations connected with the Island.
Symposium coordinator Dr Kim Walker said anyone with an interest in the Island was invited to attend to add their voice to the conversation.
“Researchers will share collective insights from decades of research, historical documents, reports, letters and photographs gathered in USC’s K’gari-Fraser Island Research Archive,” Dr Walker said.
“Delegates will discuss what these findings mean for the Island now and in the future, helping to generate further opportunities and collaborations.”
Keynote speakers include Chairs of the UNESCO Fraser Island World Heritage Committee Sue Sargent and Professor James Shulmeister, who currently leads an Australian Research Council discovery project on the history of the Island’s dune fields.
Read more from source: USC symposium puts focus on World Heritage icon
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has raised concerns about Tasmania’s wilderness areas being rezoned for tourism developments and called on the State Government to speed up a Tourism Master Plan requested in 2015.
Conservationists said a recent UNESCO document highlighted serious risks to Tasmania’s wilderness brand.
The draft decision, published by the World Heritage Committee this week, welcomed the implementation of some recommendations made after a 2015 Reactive Monitoring Mission to Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).
But the committee has urged the Tasmanian Government to expedite development of a Tourism Master Plan, which was first called for in 2015.
“Limited progress has been achieved to date with the development of a Tourism Master Plan,” the committee said in the recent analysis.
“While the timeline for its finalisation by December 2019 is noted, it is of concern that this key strategic document is still lacking.”
In the document, the committee also raised concerns about the State Government’s rezoning of some wilderness areas to allow for tourism opportunities and wider aircraft access.
The report refers to areas being changed from “wilderness” to “remote recreation”, which the Wilderness Society’s Vica Bayley understands refers to new “self-reliant recreation zones”.