Whether you’re a foodie, thrill-seeker, nature-lover, or diver, Western Australia quite literally has something for everyone.
We’re loath to use the phrase “something for everyone.” But, whether you’re a foodie, thrill-seeker, nature-lover, or diver, Western Australia quite literally has something for everyone. Here are five of our favorite adventure experiences the wild Australian state has to offer.
Get Wet in Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef is second only to the Great Barrier Reef as home to the continent’s best snorkeling and diving. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef is the largest “fringing” coral reef in the world, which means it’s readily accessible directly from the beach. The waters are rich with dolphins, manta rays, and whale sharks (the world’s largest fish) almost any time of year.
Massive areas of the Great Barrier Reef have been destroyed by warming ocean temperatures. Now, scientists have a plan to repair damaged areas with coral transplants. Sign this petition to support restoration of this incredibly important ecosystem.
Target: Josh Frydenberg, Australian Minister for the Environment and Energy
Goal: Restore damaged areas of the world’s largest coral reef system using coral transplant technology.
The Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its beauty and biodiversity, is in grave danger. Corals are incredibly sensitive to even small changes in temperature, and as ocean temperatures have soared, coral reefs have experienced massive losses. A swath of the reef over 100 miles long has lost 47-83 percent of its coral. Thankfully, coral biologists have found a potential solution: coral transplants.
A recent study on coral transplantation in the Great Barrier Reef has yielded promising results.
FRAGMENTS of the Great Barrier Reef are offering a major breakthrough in a bid to save the natural wonder from desolation.
British and Australian scientists have pinpointed 100 reefs within the 1,400 mile UNESCO World Heritage Site which can regenerate the beautiful corals assailed by climate change and ravenous crown-of-thorns starfish.
Little more than a year after an environmental commentator wrote the Great Barrier Reef’s obituary, lamenting how it had “died after a long illness” at the age of 25 million years, there are hopes that a mere three per cent of its coral structures may be able to replenish almost a half of natural marvel’s ecosystem over 12 months.
The 100 seed germ reefs have the potential to supply the larvae from which corals can bloom and flourish.
Marine biologists in southeast Asia and Australia are harvesting hundreds of thousands of coral spawn with a view to regenerating the world’s coral reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia collects coral spawn off the coast of Heron Island on the GBR, matures it in tanks and then transplants it later.
“It’s really exciting, this essentially is the rebirth of the reef,” Professor Harrison said, as cited by ABC News. “We can grow these corals from microscopic larvae to dinner-plate size, breeding corals in just three years.”
“It’s a new way of looking at the problem and it’s probably the only hope for the future in terms of larger-scale restoration using hundreds of millions of coral larvae.”
The UNESCO World Heritage Site is tens of millions of years older than the Amazon. Here’s how to visit.
When you think about the oldest rain forest in the world, your brain may take you to the Congo or Brazil. But time takes on a new mind-bending perspective in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics Rainforest. Dating back an estimated 180 million years—tens of millions of years older than the Amazon—these nearly 750 square miles cradle of botanical history have been through it all. If you want to experience a land before time, a stay in this stretch of North Queensland is as close as you’ll ever come. Here are seven unexpected ways to immerse yourself.
The annual Great Barrier Reef spawning is captured, showing the moment when future generations of coral reef are created.
The Great Barrier Reef showcased its annual spawning last week, with underwater footage showing the moment future generations of coral reef are created.
Coral spawning takes place when colonies and species of coral simultaneously release trillions of egg and sperm cells for external fertilization. Mass spawning normally occurs only once a year, in the spring and after a full moon, turning vast swathes of the ocean red with a slick of the cells.
The Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches 2,300 km (1,430 miles) along Australia’s northeast coast and is the world’s largest living ecosystem. It consists of almost 3,000 individual reefs, including Moore Reef where Australian videographer Stuart Ireland recorded the spawning over two nights.
With autumn in full swing, it can only mean one thing for British television – it’s time for I’m A Celebrity to return to our screens!
Although we don’t envy the line-up of celebrities taking on jungle living and the show’s infamous bushtucker trials, there’s no denying that the stars are surrounded by some pretty spectacular scenery.
And it’s not a set in the middle of a UK studio – they really are living out in the heart of the Australian jungle.
We’ve already had a sneak peek at what this year’s camp will involve , but what if you want to check out the breathtaking spot for yourself?
Well the good news is that you won’t have to eat insects or face your biggest fears.
The first IUCN meeting since the Trump climate-change debacle has revealed that climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands — which is nearly double the number from just three years ago.
Latest findings have revealed that climate change impacts one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands. The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 from 2014 to the latest study conducted in 2017. Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest threats they face, according the report which was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), at the UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.
The threatened ecosystems were identified by the study.
Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests protect more than 200 rare or threatened plant and animal species.
Site: Gondwana Rainforests of Australia
Year Designated: 1986
Criteria: (viii), (ix), (x)
Reason: The protected areas include the world’s largest subtropical rain forest, a remnant of the rain forest-covered ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.
Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests are a living snapshot of history, an echo of the days when rain forests covered the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. In the remaining rainforest enclaves, where green canopies surround ancient volcanic craters and rushing rivers are punctuated by crashing waterfalls, visitors might well feel themselves transported to another era.
Gondwana was a giant landmass comprising what later became Africa, Antarctica, Australia, South America, and the Indian subcontinent. Forty-five million years ago, Australia separated from Antarctica, which drifted south and froze as Australia drifted north—a northward trajectory that continues gradually today.