Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte)

UNESCO RegionAsia and the Pacific
LocationStates of Queensland and South Australia
CoordinatesS19 4 60 E138 43 0
Inscription Date1994
Property (ha)10,300
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history; including the record of life; significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms; or significant geomorphic or physiographic features
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial; fresh water; coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals
All ThreatsInterpretative and visitation facilities
All ThreatsDeliberate destruction of heritage
All ThreatsIllegal activities
All ThreatsFinancial resources
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number698
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionRiversleigh and Naracoorte, situated in the north and south respectively of eastern Australia, are among the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites. They are a superb illustration of the key stages of evolution of Australia’s unique fauna.
StatusWorld Heritage Site