Managing Australia's World Heritage
INFORMATION CENTRES IN WORLD HERITAGE AREAS
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
The Mount Isa Riversleigh Visitors Centre is the major showplace for
the Riversleigh portion of the world heritage property. Mount Isa is approximately
200 kms south-east from Riversleigh. The highway east of Mount Isa to
Townsville is becoming known as the fossil highway with the local towns
building museums to attract tourists into the region.
The visitor centre at Naracoorte, South Australia includes a kiosk,
interpretation displays and a palaeontological laboratory. In addition,
a Bat Interpretation Centre is located above the Bat Cave and carries
the vision and sound of bats to the surface.
Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves (Australia)
Information centres are scattered in and near the CERRA world heritage
property. The major information centres in Queensland are located at Binna
Burra in Lamington National Park, Burleigh and Springbrook. The major
information centres in New South Wales are at Murwillumbah and Dorrigo.
Plans are underway to erect a new information centre at Green Mountain
in Lamington National Park. Information displays are situated in other
There is a major information centre at Eurong and minor interpretive
facilities located at Central Station, Dundubara and Waddy Point.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Townsville educates the public about
the Great Barrier Reef, the Marine Park and the Authority. The Aquarium
features the world's largest living coral reef on land, a predator exhibit,
walk-through viewing tunnel and complementary living exhibits and interpretative
displays. Other information centres are scattered in the region of the
Great Barrier Reef.
Kakadu National Park
The Bowali Visitor Centre is situated near Jabiru in the heart of Kakadu
National Park. In May 1995 the Warradjan Cultural Centre was opened by
the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories to complement
the Bowali Centre.
Lord Howe Island Group
A visitor information centre is located on the Island which provides
interpretative material and tourist information.
The Dolphin Information Centre is located at Monkey Mia. The centre
contains interpretative facilities including displays, videos, posters
and literature. Other information can be found at Hamelin, Shell Beach
and Peron. There are plans to build a visitor centre at Peron Homestead.
Information about the Tasmanian Wilderness is available from a selection
of information centres and ranger stations located in or around the world
heritage area. Tourism Tasmania also has offices in major towns in Tasmania
and operates in other capital cities of Australia.
Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park
The Uluru Kata-Tjuta Cultural Centre was opened in October 1995 and
is located inside the park boundary. Another visitor centre is situated
in Yulara village.
Wet Tropics of Queensland
The draft management plan of the Wet Tropics identifies thirty-nine
visitor facilities where the area is presented to large numbers of people.
During 1994-95 the Authority spent $1.5 million on regional centres and
displays at Mission Beach Visitor Centre; Ingham Visitor Centre; Copperlode
Dam Visitor Display; Townsville Enterprise Visitor Display; Frosty Mango,
Mutarnee Visitor Display; Croc Cafe, Daintree River Visitor Display; Lake
Barrine Teahouse Visitor Display; Far North Queensland Promotion Bureau
Visitor Display; Cairns Esplanade Visitor Centre; Ravenshoe Visitor Centre;
Daintree Rainforest Environment Centre Visitor Centre; Rainforest Habitat,
Port Douglas Signage; Mission Beach Theatrette; and Cardwell Visitor Displays.
Willandra Lakes Region
A small visitor centre exists at Lake Mungo National Park. A strategy
in the Willandra Lakes management plan is to encourage visitors to the
Willandra to centre their focus on Mungo National Park. This is to be
done through improved visitor facilities and signage.
 Queensland Government, Great Sandy Region
Management Plan, 1994-2010, 1994, p 140.
 Wet Tropics Management Authority, Draft
Wet Tropics Plan: Protection Through Partnerships: Wet Tropics World Heritage
Area, Wet Tropics Management Authority, Cairns, October 1995, map 4.
 Wet Tropics Management Authority, Annual
Report 1994-95, pp 14-15.
 Sustaining the Willandra: the Willandra
Lakes Region World Heritage Property Plan of Management, 1996, pp C62-3.
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