-a place of outstanding universal value and exceptional natural beauty-
World Heritage status means that an area has outstanding universal value and exceptional natural beauty under the World Heritage Convention.
Many plant and animal species in the Wet Tropics are found nowhere else in the world.
The diverse range of vegetation communities are habitat to numerous rare and threatened species.
The Wet Tropics has the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforests on earth. They are a living museum of how land plants have evolved since the breakup of Gondwana 40 million years ago – from ancient ferns, conifers and cycads to the more highly evolved flowering plants.
Of equal importance in this area is the cultural connection between this country and the Kuku Yalanji people of the Daintree. They have had continual habitation of this area that was recognised by having the World Heritage Area transferred over to them by Title.
Jill and Peter acknowledge past and present people of the Kuku Yalanji for where we live and want to share with you.