Country File: Australia

Today’s Country File is third (Indonesia counts as second) in our series of places to consider planning for on our Tahiti trip: the Commonwealth of Australia, commonly known as Australia … or if you’re a local, Straya!

Flag of Australia

Australia joined UNESCO on 04 November 1946, making it a real country by‘s standard; it has 19 inscribed and 3 tentative World Heritage Sites, and 4 finalists on the New 7 Wonders lists:

Purnululu National Park (2003)
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (2004)
Australian Convict Sites (2010)
Ningaloo Coast (2011)
Kakadu National Park (1981)
Great Barrier Reef (1981)
Sydney Opera House (2007)
Willandra Lakes Region (1981)
Tasmanian Wilderness (1982)
Lord Howe Island Group (1982)
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (1986)
Ulu ru-Kata Tju ta National Park (1987)
Wet Tropics of Queensland (1988)
Heard and McDonald Islands (1997)
Shark Bay, Western Australia (1991)
Macquarie Island (1997)
Fraser Island (1992)
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte) (1994)
Greater Blue Mountains Area (2000)

Great Sandy World Heritage Area (04/01/2010)
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area (extension to existing property) (07/05/2010)
Budj Bim Cultural Landscape (20/01/2017)

New 7 Wonders finalists:
Sydney Opera House
Great Barrier Reef

MTP counts Australia as 19 places spread across 3 regions:

Pacific Ocean:
Australian Capital Territory
Coral Sea Islands Territory
Lord Howe Island
Mellish Reef
New South Wales
Norfolk Island
Northern Territory
South Australia
Torres Strait Islands
Victoria State
Western Australia

Australian Antarctic Territory (to S. Pole)
Heard and McDonald Islands
Macquarie Island

Indian Ocean:
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands

and TCC counts it as 7 places across 3 regions:

Pacific Ocean:

  • Australia
  • Lord Howe Island
  • Norfolk Island
  • Tasmania


  • Australian Antarctic Territory South Pole (Mawson, Davis, Macquarie, Heard)

Indian Ocean:

  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands (Keeling)


Trip Reports:

  • none yet!

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