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The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA)

In 1982, the fight to prevent construction the Franklin River dam ultimately led to the World Heritage Committee inscribing a vast area of wilderness in western Tasmania onto the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)  World Heritage List, protecting it for all time.

The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) encompasses one of the last remaining wilderness areas on earth, and one of the largest tracts of temperate rainforest. The TWWHA covers around 1,584,000 hectares, or almost one fifth of Tasmania’s land mass – an area that protects a greater range of natural and cultural values than anywhere else on the planet.

These special places, which also include five of Tasmania's historic convict sites, are part of the natural and cultural heritage of the global community.

You can explore the TWWHA area during your visit to the west coast on a range of guided tours and experiences.

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