Flinders Ranges nominated for UNESCO world heritage status

Aug 24, 2022

South Australia’s fossil-rich Flinders Ranges is one step closer to being declared one of Australia’s natural wonders on the Unesco World Heritage List.


The area has been nominated for a tentative listing as a world heritage site, on behalf of the South Australian government and the area’s traditional owners, the Adnyamathanha people.



Home to significant fossil deposits, the region was dubbed “one great outdoor museum” by 20th century explorer and geologist Douglas Mawson.

“More than 600m years old, the Flinders Ranges is one of Australia’s magnificent landscapes,” said state environment minister Susan Close.



“The fossils and geology of the region are particularly fascinating, displaying the history of our planet and the evolution of life on Earth.

“Some of this critical evidence includes the world’s finest example of the Ediacaran explosion of life when the earliest forms of complex multicellular animal life evolved.”



And if you want to see what all the fuss is about join us on our 6-day Flinders Ranges pack-free guided walk.



This tour has been designed to showcase the highlights and the best walks of the region, including Wilpena Pound, sections of the Heysen Trail, and Brachina Gorge, as well as giving guests the opportunity to learn about the Flinders Ranges epic geological story.



You’ll have three nights at Wilpena Pound Resort and two at Eco Villa Luxury, Rawnsley Park Station and as an added Wow factor you’ll get a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound. Click here for more info.

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