When the 'core' of the area was gazetted in 1982, it was listed as meeting all four natural heritage criteria and three cultural criteria; at least until recently that was unrivalled in the world. Some of these values include the most significant and extensive glacial landscapes in Australia, cool temperate Nothofagus-dominated rainforests with close affinities to other Gondwanan lands, notably South America, and Australia's most extensive and pristine alpine area, with 60% of the alpine flora being endemic to Tasmania. It has forests of Eucalyptus regnans, the world's tallest flowering plant, and ancient conifers, including the famous Huon Pine, Lagarostrobus franklinii, some of which are over 2000 years old, and has populations of the three largest living carnivorous marsupials - the Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-tailed Quoll and Eastern Quoll. Only the second of these is still found on mainland Australia. Evidence of human activity, including through the last bitter glaciation, goes back more than 30,000 years.
|King Billy Pines, Athrotaxis selaginoides, at Dove Lake|
|Tasmanian Native Hen|