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Tasmanian Wilderness
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, Central Highlands
Location Tasmania, Australia
Criteria Cultural: iii, iv, vi, vii; natural: viii, ix, x
Reference 181
Inscription 1982 (6th Session)
Extensions 1989
Area 1,584,233 ha
SpottedQuoll 2005 SeanMcClean
The Spotted Quoll is found on Tasmania and on the mainland. It is now Australia's largest carnivorous marsupial and an endangered species.p70–76p48
Bagged thylacine
The fate of the thylacine. 1869

The Tasmanian Wilderness is a term that is used for a range of areas in Tasmania, Australia.

The World Heritage Areas in South West Tasmania, Western Tasmania and Central Highlands are the most well known.

However, there are also other wilderness areas in Tasmania, Tarkine and the Cradle mountain wilderness. There is also an organisation known as the Tasmanian Wilderness Society.

The World Heritage Area is one of the largest conservation areas in Australia, covering 13,800 km², or almost 20% of Tasmania. The area constitutes one of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world, including the renowned South West Wilderness. The area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, and it was extended in 1989. It is important for both its natural value but also its cultural values as well.

Remains found in limestone caves show that humans have lived in the area for well over 20,000 years.

The Tasmanian Tiger was the largest Dasyuromorphia and the last living specimen of the family Thylacinidae. The last known specimen died in captivity in 1936.p77 The world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial is the Tasmanian Devil; it is the size of a small dog and can hunt, although it is mainly a scavenger.p46 It became extinct on the mainland some 600 years ago, and is now found only in Tasmania.p69

World Heritage area

The following National Parks and reserves make up the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area:

Lake Pedder From Mt Eliza
Lake Pedder from Mount Eliza, Southwest National Park

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