Tasmanian Wilderness is a collective term for a collection of the national parks and reserves in Tasmania. Covering an area of 13,800 square kilometers, or roughly 20% of Tasmania's land area, it is one of the largest conservation areas in Australia. It is also one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest in the world. The Tasmanian Wilderness was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 6th session of the World Heritage Committee which met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 13-17 December 1982.
What to See in Tasmania Wilderness
The Tasmanian Wilderness comprises Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Hartz Mountains National Park, Mole Creek Karst National Park, Southwest National Park, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Central Plateau Conservation and Protected Areas, and Devils Gullet State Reserve.
Photos of Tasmanian Wilderness
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Author: Dr Rocks (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)
Dove Lake, with Cradle Mountain in the background
Author: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: S 41 35 E 145 25
Inscription Year: 1982
Type of Site: Mixed
Inscription Criteria: III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X
Tasmanian Wilderness encompasses the national parks on the southwest, western and central parts of Tasmania.
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Visiting the Tasmanian Wilderness
Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. You can make your arrangement from Hobart to select the appropriate tour package or day excursion. Get a full list of hotels in Hobart here. If you are coming from overseas, the biggest city closest to Tasmania is Melbourne. You can use Melbourne as your base to plan your trip to Tasmania. Here's a list of hotels in Melbourne to help you get started.
A good way to explore Tasmanian Wilderness is by self-driving. Best to rent a car with GPS on board. Tasmania is big, so allow sufficient number of days to explore it.
There are flights to Hobart and Launceston, the two main towns on Tasmania, from major cities in Australia.
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