The Wet Tropics of Queensland

known worldwide for natures wild & wilderness since 1987

About the Wet Tropics of Queensland as A World Heritage Site

The criteria given for the Wet Tropics of Queensland,

-an outstanding example representing major stages Earth's history include record life.

-containing areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.

-significant ongoing geological process in development of landforms

-development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems the communities of plants and animals.

- most important significant habitats for in conservation of biological diversity.
-including treatened species of outstanding universal value from point of view science.


Over 2,800 plant species from 221 families are found in the Wet Tropics. There are at least 50 flowering plant species found only in the Wet Tropics. Some of the ancient plants in the rainforest have been around for hundreds of millions of years. There's also;65% of Australia’s fern species 30% of Australia’s orchid species that belong here in the Wet Tropics.


The Wet Tropics is home to about a third of Australia's 315 mammal species. 13 of these species are found nowhere else.

Wet Tropics is home to a quarter of Australia's frogs and a little over a third of the country's freshwater fish, it is also home to nearly half of Australia's birds - that's more than 370 different species.

Where can you find this Heritage site?

The Wet Tropics is a hugely varied and interesting place - rugged mountain ranges, gorges and rivers, wetlands, rainforests, towns, roads and beaches. The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is about 894,420ha of mostly public land. The length of the boundary is about 3000km and stretches for about 450km from just south of Cooktown to north of Townsville. There are about 2,500 properties neighboring the World Heritage Area.