• A Gondwana event at Dorrigo NP. Picture: NPWS
    A Gondwana event at Dorrigo NP. Picture: NPWS

It's been 25 years since the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia was officially recognised with a World Heritage listing.

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, extending past Newcastle to the southeast of Queensland. The area is thriving with plants and wildlife, and an outstanding example of the major stages of Earth's evolution.

Few places on the planet contain so many plants and animals which remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in the fossil record.

To celebrate this 25 year milestone the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has a range of excellent family-friendly activities such as bushwalks and camping trips. For full list of these activities click here.

A quick history of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

Rainforest once covered most of the ancient southern supercontinent Gondwana and remains the most ancient type of vegetation in Australia. The Gondwana Rainforests provide an interesting living link with the evolution of Australia.

Some of the oldest elements of the world's ferns and conifers are found here and there is a concentration of primitive plant families that are direct links with the birth and spread of flowering plants over 100 million years ago.

A range of geological and environmental influences in the Gondwana Rainforests determine where forest communities grow. This process has occurred over millions of years and will continue to change the forest mosaic into the future.

High waterfalls crashing into steep gorges are spectacular examples of an important ongoing natural process - erosion. Erosion by coastal rivers created the Great Escarpment and the steep-sided caldera of the Tweed Valley surrounding Mount Warning. This towering mountain was once the buried plug of an ancient vast volcano. Today, rainforest grows on the fertile, well watered soils that remain.

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