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UNESCO (Natural) World Heritage Sites

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Sites Visited : 7/259

The World Heritage Site List includes 259 natural and mixed sites that form a part of the natural heritage of the world, which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. (List updated in July 2021)

Natural criteria
To qualify as a part of the list, the site must meet at least one of the following four (natural) criteria:

vii: "contains superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance"

viii: "is an outstanding example representing major stages of Earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features"

ix: "is an outstanding example representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems, and communities of plants and animals"

x: "contains the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation"


Site Locations

ASIA / PACIFIC (94*)

Natural Site Mixed Site


Australia
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Australian Fossil Mammal Sites 103.26 Queensland / SA S19°04'60", E138°43'00" 1994
02 Fraser Island 1840 Queensland S25°13'00", E153°07'60" 1992
03 Gondwana Rainforests 1 3700 NSW / Queensland S28°15'00", E150°03'00" 1994
04 Great Barrier Reef 348700 Queensland S18°17'10", E147°41'60" 1981
05 Greater Blue Mountains Area 10326.49 New South Wales S33°42'00", E150°00'00" 2000
06 Heard and McDonald Islands 6589 (External) S53°06'00", E073°30'00" 1997
07 Kakadu National Park 19809.94 Northern Territory S12°49'60", E132°49'60" 1981
08 Lord Howe Island Group 1463 New South Wales S31°33'56" E159°05'18" 1982
09 Macquarie Island 5400 Tasmania S54°35'41" E158°53'44" 1997
10 Ningaloo Coast 7050.15 Western Australia S22°33'45" E113°48'37" 2011
11 Purnululu National Park 796.02 Western Australia S17°30'00" E128°30'00" 2003
12 Shark Bay, Western Australia 22009 Western Australia S25°29'10" E113°26'10" 1991
13 Tasmanian Wilderness 15842.33 Tasmania S41°34'60" E145°25'00" 1982
14 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park 1325.66 Northern Territory S25°19'60" E131°00'00" 1994
15 Wet Tropics of Queensland 8934.53 Queensland S15°39'00" E144°58'00" 1988
16 Willandra Lakes Region 2400 New South Wales S34°00'00" E143°00'00" 1981


Bangladesh
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 The Sundarbans 1395 Khulna N21°56'60", E089°10'59" 1997


China
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Chengjiang Fossil Site 5.12 Yunnan N24°40'08", E102°58'38" 2012
02 China Danxia 8215 (Various) N28°25'19", E106°02'33" 2010
03 Fanjingshan 4027.5 Guizhou N27°53'44", E108°40'48" 2018
04 Huanglong 60000 Sichuan N32°45'15", E103°49'20" 1992
05 Hubei Shennongjia 4153.6 Hubei N31°28'11", E110°14'38" 2016
06 Jiuzhaigou Valley 7200 Sichuan N33°04'60", E103°55'00" 1992
07 Migratory Bird Sanctuaries 1886.43 Jiangsu / Shandong N32°55'55", E121°01'00" 2019
08 Mount Emei (Leshan Buddha) 1540 Sichuan N29°32'42", E103°46'09" 1996
09 Mount Huangshan 1606 Anhui N30°10'00", E118°10'60" 1990
10 Mount Sanqingshan National Park 2295 Jiangxi N28°54'57", E118°03'52" 2008
11 Mount Taishan 2500 Shandong N36°16'00", E117°05'60" 1987
12 Mount Wuyi 1070.44 Fujian N27°43'00", E117°40'60" 1999
13 Qinghai Hoh Xil 37356 Qinghai N35°22'49", E092°26'21" 2017
14 Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries 9245 Sichuan N30°49'60", E103°00'00" 2006
15 South China Karst 495.37 (Various) N24°55'24", E110°21'16" 2014
16 Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Yunnan N27°53'42", E098°24'23" 2003
17 Wulingyuan 2640 Hunan N29°19'60", E110°30'00" 1992
18 Xinjiang Tianshan 6068.33 Xinjiang N41°58'06", E080°21'15" 2013


Georgia
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands 312.53 (Various) N41°42'08", E041°57'04" 2021


India
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Great Himalayan National Park 905.4 Himachal Pradesh N31°49'60", E077°34'60" 2014
02 Kaziranga National Park 4299.6 Assam N26°40'00", E093°25'00" 1985
03 Keoladeo National Park 28.73 Rajasthan N27°09'32", E077°30'31" 1985
04 Khangchendzonga National Park 1784 Sikkim N27°45'53", E088°22'38" 2016
05 Manas Wildlife Sanctuary 391 Assam N26°43'30", E091°01'50" 1985
06 Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers 717.83 Uttarakhand N30°43'00", E079°40'00" 1988
07 Sundarbans National Park 1330.1 West Bengal N21°56'42", E088°53'45" 1987
08 Western Ghats 7953.15 Karnataka / Kerala N08°31'47", E077°14'59" 2012


Indonesia
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Komodo National Park 2193.22 Nusa Tenggara Timur S08°32'36", E119°29'22" 1991
02 Lorentz National Park 23500 Papua S04°45'00", E137°49'60" 1999
03 Tropical Rainforests of Sumatra 25951.24 (Various) S02°30'00", E101°30'00" 2004
04 Ujung Kulon National Park 785.25 Banten S06°45'00", E105°19'60" 1991


Iran (Islamic Republic of)
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Hyrcanian Forests 1294.85 (Various) N37°25'17", E055°43'27" 2019
02 Lut Desert 22780 Kerman N30°12'58", E058°50'20" 2016


Japan
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Amami-Oshima, Tokunoshima, Iriomote 426.98 Okinawa N28°16'45", E129°22'42" 2021
02 Ogasawara Islands 79.39 Ogasawara Guntō N27°43'06", E142°05'59" 2011
03 Shirakami-Sanchi 169.71 (Various) N40°28'12", E140°07'48" 1993
04 Shiretoko 711 Hokkaido N43°56'58", E144°57'57" 2005
05 Yakushima 107.47 Kagoshima N30°19'60", E130°31'60" 1993


Kazakhstan
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes 4503.44 Qostanay N50°25'60", E69°11'20" 2008
02 Western Tien-Shan * Ongtustik Qazaqstan N43°43'06", E068°40'44" 2016


Kiribati
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Phoenix Islands Protected Area 408250 Phoenix Islands S03°38'59", W172°51'27" 2010


Korea (Republic of)
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats 1284.11 (Various) N34°49'44", E126°06'16" 2021
02 Jeju Volcanic Island & Lava Tubes 95.22 Jeju N33°28'08", E126°43'13" 2007


Kyrgyzstan
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Western Tien-Shan * Talas N43°43'06", E068°40'44" 2016


Malaysia
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Gunung Mulu National Park 528.64 Sarawak N04°07'60", E114°55'00" 2000
02 Kinabalu Park 753.7 Sabah N06°15'00", E116°30'00" 2000


Mongolia
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Landscapes of Dauria * 9126.24 Dornod N49°55'49", E115°25'32" 2017
02 Uvs Nuur Basin * 8980.6 Uvs N50°16'30", E092°43'11" 2003


Nepal
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Chitwan National Park 932 Pradesh 3 N27°30'00", E084°19'60" 1984
02 Sagarmatha National Park 1244 Pradesh 1 N27°57'55", E086°54'47" 1979


New Zealand
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands 764.58 (External) S50°45'00", E166°06'16" 1998
02 Te Wahipounamu 6 26000 Southland S45°02'09", E167°19'10" 1990
03 Tongariro National Park # 795.96 Manawatu-Wanganui S39°17'27", E175°33'44" 1990


Palau
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Rock Islands Southern Lagoon 1002 Palau N07°14'49", E134°21'09" 2012


Philippines
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Mount Hamiguitan Range 169.23 Davao Oriental N06°43'01", E126°10'24" 2014
02 PuertoPrincesa Subterranean River 222 Palawan N10°10'00", E118°55'00" 1999
03 Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park 968.28 Palawan N08°57'12", E119°52'03" 1993


Russian Federation
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Central Sikhote-Alin 15668.18 Khabarovsk / Primorsky N46°40'60", E136°39'40" 2001
02 Golden Mountains of Altai 16114.57 Gorno-Altay N50°28'00", E086°00'00" 1998
03 Lake Baikal 88000 Buryatiya N53°10'25", E107°39'45" 1996
04 Landscapes of Dauria * 9126.24 Zabaykalsky N49°55'49", E115°25'32" 2017
05 Lena Pillars Nature Park 13870 Sakha N60°40'00", E127°00'00" 2012
06 Putorana Plateau 18872.5 Krasnoyarsk N69°02'49", E094°09'29" 2010
07 Uvs Nuur Basin * 8980.6 Tuva N50°16'30", E092°43'11" 2003
08 Virgin Komi Forests 32800 Komi N63°37'33", E058°57'09" 1995
09 Volcanoes of Kamchatka 8 38302 Kamchatka N56°19'60", E158°30'00" 1996
10 Western Caucasus 2989 Krasnodar N44°00'00", E040°00'00" 1999
11 Wrangel Island Reserve 19163 Chukotka N71°11'20", W179°42'55" 2004


Solomon Islands
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 East Rennell 370 Rennell and Bellona S11°40'60", E160°19'60" 1998


Sri Lanka
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Central Highlands of Sri Lanka 568.44 (Various) N07°27'08", E080°48'07" 2010
02 Sinharaja Forest Reserve 9 88.64 Ratnapura N06°25'00", E080°30'00" 1988


Tajikistan
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Tajik (Mountains of the Pamirs) 26116.74 Gorno-Badakhshan N38°45'54", E072°18'19" 2013


Thailand
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai 6155 (Various) N14°19'48", E102°02'60" 2005
02 Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex 4.09 Phetchaburi N12°51'56", E099°24'01" 2021
03 Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng 6222 Kanchanaburi / Tak N15°19'60", E098°55'00" 1991


Turkey
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Göreme (Rock Sites of Cappadocia) 98.84 Nevşehir N38°40'00", E034°51'00" 1985
02 Hierapolis-Pamukkale 10.77 Denizli N37°55'26", E029°07'24" 1988


Uzbekistan
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Western Tien-Shan * Tien-Shan N43°43'06", E068°40'44" 2016


Vietnam
# Site Name Area (km²) Location Localisation Designated
01 Ha Long Bay 1500 Quảng Ninh N20°53'60", E107°05'60" 1994
02 Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park 1233.26 Quảng Bình N17°32'14", E106°09'04" 2003
03 Trang An Landscape Complex 62.26 Ninh Bình N20°15'24", E105°53'47" 2014


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Notes
  1. Extension of the "Australian East Coast Temperate and Subtropical Rainforest Park".

    Name changed 2007 from 'Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves (Australia)'

  2. Renomination of "Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park" under cultural criteria.

  3. Extension of "Jaú National Park".

  4. Extension of the "Glacier Bay/Wrangell/St Elias/Kluane" property.

  5. The "Burgess Shale" property, which was previously inscribed on the World Heritage List, is part of the "Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks".

  6. The Westland and Mount Cook National Park and the Fiordland National Park, which were previously inscribed on the World Heritage List, are part of the "Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand".

  7. In 1979, the Committee decided to inscribe the Ohrid Lake on the World Heritage List under natural criteria (iii). In 1980, this property was extended to include the cultural and historical area, and cultural criteria (i)(iii)(iv) were added.

  8. At the time the property was extended, natural criterion (iv) was also found applicable.

  9. (extension de « Sites d'art rupestre préhistorique de la vallée de Côa », Portugal)

  10. The WH area is managed directly by the Divisional Forest Officer from the Forest Dept. A national steering Committee co-ordinates institutions for Sinharaja as a National Wilderness Area, Biosphere Reserve (1988), and WH site. There are two management plans, prepared in 1985/86 and 1992/94, which emphasise conservation, scientific research, buffer zone management, benefit-sharing, and community participation.

  11. Extension of "Gough Island Wildlife Reserve".

  12. (renomination under cultural criteria)

  13. Extension of the "Glacier Bay/Wrangell/St Elias/Kluane" property.

*: transboundary property

#: As for 19 Natural and Mixed Properties inscribed for geological values before 1994, criteria numbering of this property has changed. See Decision 30.COM 8D.1