Updated: May 15, 2013
Cape York Peninsula
Cape York Peninsula’s extraordinary natural and cultural heritage is under threat from a rampant mining industry. Securing its future as a World Heritage Area would give the region’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous landholders the resources to protect and manage it for the benefit of all of us.
The Cape deserves World Heritage protection alongside the best wilderness areas on the planet. By comparison with other natural World Heritage Areas, Cape York contains larger rainforests than the Daintree, more old growth than Tasmania, more river biodiversity than the Franklin, larger reef systems than Ningaloo, bigger wetlands than Kakadu and larger dune systems than Fraser Island.
Read on to learn more about the staggering beauty and biodiversity of the Cape and how you can help make World Heritage a reality.
Cape York Updates
- Industrialisation and the Great Barrier Reef - May 14, 2013
- World Heritage nomination: taking the Cape to Canberra - March 21, 2013
- Government misses deadline for Cape York World Heritage - February 26, 2013
- Our Submission to Queensland Govt about Cape York Peninsula - October 17, 2012
Is our most treasured natural wonder being taken for granted? Scientist Ria Nield shares her thoughts.
The past few days have been pivotal in the long-running campaign to achieve World Heritage listing for Cape York Peninsula.
A World Heritage bid for Cape York Peninsula has been delayed after Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke failed to submit a nomination before the 1 February deadline.
View our Submission on the Queensland Government's Cape York Peninsula Bioregion Management Plan Scoping Paper (September 2012).