30th Anniversary of Tasmania’s UNESCO Western Wilderness

Tasmanian devil

The endangered Tasmanian devil

Last Christmas is now just a faint memory and the idea of starting to plan this year’s festivities with Spring, Summer and Autumn still to come seems unthinkable. But If you’re looking at planning a trip to Tasmania/Australia then this could be of interest to you.

This December marks the 30th anniversary of the inscription of Tasmania’s Western Wilderness as a UNESCO World Heritage area. Tasmania’s western wilderness is one of the world’s most mesmerising landscapes and one of the largest tracts of temperate rainforest in the world. This 60 million year old wilderness covers an area roughly the size of Yorkshire and is home to huge numbers of endemic flora and fauna including the tallest flowering trees in the world and the endangered Tasmanian devil and critically endangered Orange Bellied Parrot, as well as being the southern-most home to the aborigines.

The Western Wilderness gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1982 after a long battle to stop the majestic Gordon/Franklin Rivers being dammed and was ultimately the birth of the green movement in Australia, having toppled the local government and paved the way for the world’s first Green Party. Today, it is one of the last true wildernesses on earth and the tiny town of Strahan acts as a hub for anyone wanting to explore the region.

To book a tailor-made trip to Tasmania/Australia, call one of our specialists on 01993 838 800 or contact us online.