|Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List|
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, Central Highlands
|Criteria||iii, iv, vi, vii, viii, ix, x|
|Inscription||1982 (6th Session)|
The area is one of the largest conservation areas in Australia, covering 15,800 km², or almost 20% of Tasmania after extensions in 1989 and 2013. It constitutes one of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world, and includes the South West Wilderness.
The Tasmanian Wilderness, a network of parks and reserves with steep gorges, underwent severe glaciation. Human remains dating back more than 20,000 years have been found in limestone caves in the area.
In 2014 a propposed logging of trees in the protected area lead to a discussion in the UN cultural organisation meeting.Which was quickly rejected by UNESCO.
The following national parks and reserves make up the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area:
- Central Plateau Conservation and Protected Areas
- Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
- Devils Gullet State Reserve
- Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
- Hartz Mountains National Park
- Mole Creek Karst National Park
- South East Mutton Bird Islet
- Southwest National Park
- Walls of Jerusalem National Park
- World Heritage Centre. "World Heritage List". UNESCO. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania. "Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area". Tasmania Online. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- Australia. Dept of the Environment and Heritage (2004), Tasmanian wilderness : inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1982, extended in 1989, Dept of the Environment and Heritage, retrieved 1 April 2012
- Bridie Jabour: "Tasmania's old growth forests win protection after three-decade battle. World Heritage Centre has extended heritage listed boundary by more than 170,000 hectares" in The Guardian, 24 June 2013
- Russell, J. A. (James Alexander); Matthews, J. H; Jones, Richard, 1936-1986; University of Tasmania. Board of Environmental Studies (1979), Wilderness in Tasmania, Board of Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania, ISBN 978-0-85901-120-4
- Tasmania. Parks and Wildlife Service; Tasmania. Dept. of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts; Australia. Dept. of the Environment and Heritage (2005), Strategic partnerships project developing and improving partnerships to implement priority projects and research for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Parks and Wildlife Service, retrieved 1 April 2012
- United Nations Education, Scientific and Culture Organization. "Tasmanian Wilderness". UNESCO. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- "Unesco to rule on Tasmania forest and Great Barrier Reef". BBC. 15 June 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
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