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World Heritage area 2009 wetland system extents

Definition of World Heritage area

based on wetland mapping version 5.0 metadata

2009 wetland system extent by World Heritage area metadata
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World Heritage area Total area
Wetland area by system Total
wetland area
artificial and
highly modified
estuarine lacustrine palustrine riverine
Total 360,400.2 29.2 1,001.6 13.4 278.7 78.8 1,401.8
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh) 100.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.1 3.1
Fraser Island 1,818.4 0.0 40.6 11.1 151.8 0.0 203.5
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia 599.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
Great Barrier Reef 348,933.7 7.8 808.2 0.7 28.9 26.1 871.8
Wet Tropics of Queensland 8,948.2 21.3 152.9 1.5 98.0 48.7 322.4

Note that these totals may be lower than the Queensland totals due to incomplete coverage of World Heritage areas.


Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

All statistics are approximate and generated based on data transformed to a customised Albers equal-area projection, thus allowing wetland extent change for different regions of Queensland to be comparable.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2015) World Heritage area 2009 wetland system extents, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 April 2023. Available at:

Queensland Government
WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment and Science