Five 2011 Celebrate Australia $1 coins have been released this month bearing new designs inspired by Australia’s World Heritage Sites.
Where is it? Between Townsville and Cooktown on the north-east coast of Queensland.
What’s there? Rugged topography made up largely of tropical rainforests, including the world renowned Daintree National Park.
Why is it special? It has Australia’s greatest diversity of animals and plants within an area of just 0.26% of the continent. Many species are found nowhere else in the world.
Where is it? In the Southern Ocean, 1,500km south-east of Tasmania.
What’s there? The island’s unique natural diversity is home to much wildlife, including seals and millions of penguins and other seabirds during the breeding season.
Why is it special? It’s the only place on Earth where rocks from the planet’s mantle are being exposed above sea level.
Where is it? Predominantly along the Great Escarpment on Australia’s east coast between Boonah in Queensland to Gloucester in NSW.
What’s there? A patchwork of parks and reserves containing five different types of rainforest.
Why is it special? It contains the world’s largest swathes of sub-tropical rainforest and habitats for many rare and threatened plants, animals and ancient life forms.
Where is it? Two discrete locations: Naracoorte in South Australia and Riversleigh in Queensland.
What’s there? Exceptional fossil records of outstanding diversity and quality providing evidence of key stages in the evolution of Australia’s fauna.
Why is it special? Ranked among the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites.
Where is it? 100 kilometres south of Lake Argyle in north-eastern Western Australia.
What’s there? The Bungle Bungle Range, composed of quartz sandstone which has been eroded for millions of years.
Why is it special? The beehive-shaped, banded towers are considered the most outstanding examples of such formations in the world.