The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, formerly known as the 'Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves', are the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||New South Wales and Queensland, Australia|
|Criteria||Natural: (viii), (ix), (x)|
|Inscription||1986 (10th Session)|
|Area||370,000 ha (1,400 sq mi)|
|Official name||Gondwana Rainforests of Australia|
|Type||National heritage (landscape)|
|Designated||17 December 1994|
|Legal Status||Declared property|
|Official name||Gondwana Rainforests of Australia; Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves; Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (new name from 2007); North East Rainforests World Heritage Area|
|Type||State heritage (landscape)|
|Designated||2 April 1999|
|Category||Landscape - Natural|
The Gondwana Rainforests are so-called because the fossil record indicates that when Gondwana existed it was covered by rainforests containing the same kinds of species that are living today. The number of visitors to the reserve is about 2 million per year.
The New South Wales areas include the Barrington Tops, at its most southern point; and extending north, the Dorrigo, Mount Warning, New England, Mebbin, Nightcap, Border Ranges, Oxley Wild Rivers, Washpool, Willi Willi and Werrikimbe national parks.
The most heavily visited parts are Dorrigo National Park and the Natural Bridge section of Springbrook National Park.
- "Gondwana Rainforests of Australia". Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- UNESCO, "Gondwana Rainforests of Australia". Retrieved 2012-4-21. Archived 2010-01-17 at WebCite
- Reid, Greg (2004). Australia's National and Marine Parks: Queensland. South Yarra, Victoria: Macmillan Education Australia. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-7329-9053-4.
- "Gondwana Rainforests of Australia". World Heritage List. UNESCO. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2008.