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World Heritage sites in NSW national parks

The UNESCO World Heritage List contains some of the most important examples of natural and cultural heritage in the world. NSW has six World Heritage properties listed for their natural and cultural values. Four are managed by NSW National Parks. These include the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, with its steep gorges, plunging waterfalls and abundant birdlife, Greater Blue Mountains Area, an area of 1 million hectares of ancient and spectacular national park and wilderness, and Willandra Lakes Region, an expansive system of ancient lakes formed over the last 2 million years.

Water running within a creek in Washpool National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH
The Skywalk lookout, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

Consisting of 28 separate reserves in NSW, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia contains the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. The property contains large areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the world's Antarctic beech cool temperature rainforest.

View of Mount Solitary from Ruined Castle walking track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Aine Gliddon &copy: DPIE

Greater Blue Mountains Area

The Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Property is 1 million hectares of wilderness, within easy reach of Sydney. Visitors can take in the scenic views from the 8 national parks and reserves that make up this world-famous World Heritage property.

Walls of China, Mungo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Willandra Lakes region

Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area is an ancient landscape formed by wind and water. You can experience this ancient landscape at Mungo National Park.

Devines Hill, Dharug National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Australian convict sites

Explore Australia’s convict history by hiking or cycling the Old Great North Road, which is part of a group of 11 separate World Heritage-listed convict sites across Australia.