A joint report by the IUCN and UNESCO s World Heritage Centre has recommended that the Great Barrier Reef be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger , something Australia is opposing. Arjun Sengupta explains why.
Australia Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef after the United Nations cultural agency recommended that the world’s biggest coral reef system be listed as a heritage site “in danger.” The reef, which spans over 2,300 km (1430 miles) along the northeastern coast of Australia, and was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1981, has become vulnerable to mass bleaching due to the climate crisis.
At least 700,000 years ago, the world’s largest sand island emerged as the barrier that helped the Great Barrier Reef form; James Shulmeister & Daniel Ellerton; The Conversation
Establishing the age of K’gari (Fraser Island) confirms it emerged before the reef, despite the climate being suitable for coral growth long before then.
In the Butchulla language K’gari means paradise.
Lost in Paradise: What to see on sandy K’gari (Fraser Island); Jessica Wynne Lockhart; New Zealand Herald
Pronounced ‘gar-ree’, this unique Aussie spot is the world’s largest sand island…
In Australia’s Daintree Rainforest, Indigenous Sovereignty Marks a Watershed Moment for Travel; Lizzie Pook; Conde Nast Traveler
It’s one of the longest continuously occupied regions on Earth. Now, the descendants of the Kuku Yalanji who lived there first are shaping how the world interacts with their ancestral homeland.
From Valencia to the Amazon, and New York to Buenos Aires, Alex Sakalis explores the stories behind the most stunning opera venues across the globe.
Tasmania’s Lake St Clair may be one of the world’s best destinations to lose oneself in nature and go “wilderness seeking”.
Tasmanian government accused of ignoring UNESCO plea over development in World Heritage Areas; Loretta Lohberger; ABC
“Confused” is how Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor says she feels about the way the Tasmanian government is continuing to support development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Scenic World is one of the main attractions in Australia’s Blue Mountains and is a great family activity.
Whoohooo – Terri Guthrie made it, half way around the world into the Southern Hemisphere. Surprisingly, she felt good after flying 18.5 hours to Sydney. Fortunately, she slept most of the way in Delta’s beautiful new A-350/900. The flat beds and little private rooms are fabulous. Definitely the way to travel! She was so excited to explore this amazing and unique place: a country; an island and a continent!
A single clone of the Poseidon’s ribbon weed (Posidonia australis) in Shark Bay, Australia, is at least 4,500 years old and spans more than 180 km in fragmented, near-shore meadows.
The world’s biggest clone is a 77-square-mile ‘immortal’ meadow of seagrass; Harry Baker; Live Science
The massive plant is around 4,500 years old but could continue expanding indefinitely.
Nowhere captures the ultimate travel adventure quite like Australia, especially now that it’s reopened after two years cut off from the world. Here’s how to make that trip Down Under truly epic.
If you’re looking for something new to try in Sydney, check out Gabriel Jorge Gouveia’s list of the 14 best Sydney museums to visit for a historical journey.
The International Day for Monuments and Sites, better known as World Heritage Day, is celebrated annually on 18 April. Here is create’s pick of seven iconic heritage industrial sites from across Australia.
There are still a few finishing touches to be made, but the official opening of the Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre at Budj Bim in south-west Victoria is another important milestone for local Indigenous people.