Whitsunday Island, Great Barrier Reef, QLD
Australia has a total of 19 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, which include some of the oldest rainforests on earth and around one-third of the world's protected marine areas.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place, such as a wilderness area, island, historic monument, building or city that is considered by an international committee as having special cultural or physical significance to the international community.
Nominated sites must be of ‘outstanding universal value' and meet at least one of ten cultural or natural criteria. These World Heritage sites become national treasures that must be protected and preserved by the host country.