Near the top of Western Australia sits the Ningaloo Reef. This reef is incredible, largely because you step directly off the beach and straight onto the reef. This reef is home to turtles, reef sharks and millions of colourful fish. It remains relatively undiscovered due to it’s remote location, making it far less touristy than the Great Barrier reef, and, because the reef is steps from the shore, far more accessible, once you have transported yourself to this coastline.
I spent 3 nights sleeping in a swag bag next to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo reef. Sadly sleep eluded me for much of my stay because I spent the entire night imagining that one of the many deadly snakes in the outback was about to enter my swag and cuddle up to me.
From the World Heritage inscription for The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier:
Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society.
These historic cities are unique for their existing city walls, many of which were constructed many centuries ago.
There are numerous historical walled cities across the world, whose walls date back several centuries. Fortifications, though obsolete in the present day, were a necessity throughout medieval eras for matters of defense. Ancient walls were embraced from Mesopotamia, Greece, to China. From the 12th century onward, European Kingdoms invested in more secure walls to prevent breaches. The walls are often massive structures with guard towers, bars, and gates. These fortifications have been preserved as they serve as popular tourist attractions in the modern day. The walls also serve as historical monuments. Walled cities are scattered in various parts of the world.
10. Toledo, Spain
The medieval city of Toledo is situated in Central Spain. The city boasts more than 2000 years of history.
Four noteworthy canyons, a spectacular whitewater river, a gorgeous waterfall, and unique flora and fauna characterize this World Heritage Site in Canada.
The Nahanni National Park Reserve was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1978. It began operations as a park in 1972, established to protect a part of the Mackenzie Mountains Natural Region. The park lies in the Northwest Territories of Canada near the Fort Liard, Fort Simpson, and Nahanni Butte Cities.
History Of The National Park
Historically, the area was occupied by the Dene people throughout centuries. Archaeological remains have been discovered in different sites within the park which prove this early human occupation. Another tribe, the Naha people, lived in the area for a short period. The first Europeans to arrive in the area found the Dene people leading nomadic lifestyles, and they engaged with them in the fur trade.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park (ADIP) programs with the public throughout 2017. Two consecutive fee-free weekends celebrate National Park Week in April, and many programs honor the 54th anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Festival.
ADIP and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but entrance fees apply except for the fee-free weekends and Kahuku events. Programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:
Endangered Marine Wildlife: Threats & Mitigation Measures. What do monk seals, green sea turtles, hawksbill sea turtles and false killer whales have in common?
They are all endangered marine wildlife found in waters around the island of Hawai‘i.
TEHRAN – Iranian tourism authorities seek to put a new face to Sistan-Baluchestan Province in a bid to turn the vast southeastern region into a tourist destination.
The province has long been shunned by potential foreign travelers though it is home to several distinctive archaeological sites and natural attractions, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely Shahr-e-Soukhteh (Burnt City) and Lut Desert, shared between it and Kerman Province.
“Given what’s out there [in the media] about Sistan, the province needs to completely revamp its image,” Sistan-Baluchestan Governor Ali Osat-Hashemi said in a press conference on Mar. 8.
“Showcasing the differences is [amongst] our efforts to enhance tourism in Sistan-Baluchestan Province,” the official said, adding “The province has turned into a heaven for archaeological excavations in the country.”
Look beyond the Taj Mahal to these incredible cultural and natural gems.
The striking thing about a country as vast as India is the sheer, overwhelming variety that it encompasses—of landscapes, cultures, languages, cuisines, and even UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Yet of its 35 cultural and natural heritage sites, travellers frequent only about a dozen. They miss some of India’s most outstanding wonders either because they are tucked in a little known, far-flung corner, or because they’re hiding in plain sight, in the shadow of an oft-visited attraction.
Up for a surprise? Here are seven of India’s little-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
KHANGCHENDZONGA NATIONAL PARK: HIDDEN LAND
This forest in Sikkim, one of India’s north-eastern states, has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a place of mixed natural and cultural importance.
Banaue, a town located in Ifugao Province in Northern Philippines, is famous for its 2,000-year old rice terraces, which are sometimes dubbed a “stairway” to heaven because they look like a flight of stairs from the base of the mountains to its highest point. The Banaue Rice Terraces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it demonstrates the rich indigenous knowledge of the Ifugaos, who built the terraces without the aid of modern equipment and tools. Come and discover the rich culture that can be experienced beyond the rice terraces.
1. Admire the Banaue Rice Terraces from Viewpoint Village
One of the best views of the majestic Banaue Rice Terraces can be found a few kilometers away from the town center at the Barangay (Village) Viewpoint. It is named as such because visitors can see the rice terraces in all its splendor.Read more
Boasting one of France’s most striking buildings and a monument to the benefits of eating grapes, Moissac in the Tarn-et-Garonne is a must-see for those with an interest in French history…
One of the more unusual places in which to grab a spot of lunch in Moissac is amid the splendid Art Deco surroundings of the town’s former Uvarium – a place where people would come and snack on Chasselas grapes in the belief that the local fruit possessed healing powers. Back in 1925 the town became a hub for those ‘taking the grape’, so when you’re dining at the Le Kiosque de l’Uvarium, take a look up at the superb paintings all around the restaurant for a reminder of times gone by.
Covering more than a million hectares of national park and wilderness, the Greater Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Area is one of Australia’s most spectacular national parks and has been stunningly captured in a suite new suite aerial photography by Destination NSW.
The Blue Mountains is renowned for its Aboriginal heritage, exceptional biodiversity including a number of rare plants, and its outstanding geological formations including 300 metre high sandstone cliffs, slot canyons and waterfalls.
Within easy reach of Sydney by car or public transport, visitors to the Blue Mountains can take in the scenic views from lookouts, enjoy scenic drives and explore its pristine wilderness on hundreds of kilometres of hiking and cycling trails.
Here is just a small selection of what the Blue Mountains has to offer.