Boasting protected wildlife, endless unspoiled coastline and a culture bearing the distinction of being the longest-isolated in world history, Australia offers a unique opportunity for untouched wilderness—thanks in part to the country’s dedicated conservation efforts.
Tasman National Park and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary – Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania’s wild and remote environment serves as an excellent safe haven for native, rare and endangered wildlife. The Tasman National Park protects 74 species of thriving animal and marine mammals. Also in Tasmania, the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary nurtures injured and orphaned creatures, and allows visitors to play a part by hand-feeding animals in need.
Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and The Kuku Yalanji Tribe – Queensland, Australia
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Daintree rainforest houses an incredibly biodiverse collection of flora and fauna happily cohabitating beneath its canopy. The rainforest’s indigenous inhabitants, the Kuku Yalanji tribe, educate on conservation issues using the knowledge of the environment’s resources passed down by their ancestors. Known as “Rainforest People,” many of the Kuku Yalanji live within Mossman Gorge, the oldest continually surviving rainforest on earth at over 135 million years old.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – Queensland, Australia
Off the coast of Queensland lies the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef system, largely protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Hundreds of marine animals can be found living in and around the Reef. The Marine Park is a multiple-use area that supports a range of communities and industries that depend on the Reef for recreation or their livelihoods and enforces a zoning plan to prevent damage to the reef.
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