Gondwana Rainforests, New South Wales – Queensland, Australia
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia are the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world. It is formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves. It features 50 separate reserves with a total of 3,665 square km, covering the New South Wales (NSW) – Queensland border.
When Gondwana existed, it was covered by rainforests which contain the same kinds of species that are living today that is why it was named as the Gondwana Rainforests. Gondwanan rainforests in Australia are not all located in the NSW – Queensland region. You can find the largest Gondwana rainforests in Australia in Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness. Yearly, visitors in the Gondwana rainforest reserves can reach about 2 million.
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia were listed in the World Heritage list in 1986. It covers the New South Wales sites of about 3108 km² and stretched in 1994 just to cover the Queensland sites of about 592 km² which is a total of about 3700km². The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia are well conserved because of more than 200 rare plant and animal species.
There are eight separate areas that have been recognized as an exceptional heritage importance to Australia. Ranging from sea level to almost 1,600 m (5,200 ft) is the altitude of the reserves. The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia are divided into sections such as Main Range Group, Focal Peak Group, Shield Volcano Group, Iluka Nature Reserve, Washpool and Gibraltar Range, New England Group, Hastings-Macleay Group, and Barrington Tops Area.