Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Site

Region in New South Wales, Australia

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Willandra Lakes Region
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Part of the Willandra Lakes system:
  1. Lake Mulurulu
  2. Willandra Creek
  3. Garnpung Lake
  4. Lake Leaghur
  5. Lake Mungo
  6. Lake Arumpo
  7. Chibnalwood Lakes
LocationFar West, New South Wales, Australia
CriteriaCultural and Natural: (iii)(viii)
Reference167
Inscription1981 (5th session)
Area240,000 ha (590,000 acres)
Coordinates34°S 143°E / 34°S 143°E / -34; 143Coordinates: 34°S 143°E / 34°S 143°E / -34; 143
Willandra Lakes Region is located in New South Wales
Willandra Lakes Region
Location of Willandra Lakes Region in New South Wales
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Willandra Lakes Region is located in Australia
Willandra Lakes Region
Willandra Lakes Region (Australia)
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The Willandra Lakes Region is a World Heritage Site in the Far West region of New South Wales, Australia.[1] The Willandra Lakes Region is the traditional meeting place of the Muthi Muthi, Nyiampaar and Barkinji Aboriginal tribes.[citation needed] The 240,000-hectare (590,000-acre) area was inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 5th Session of the World Heritage Committee in 1981.[1]

The Region contains important natural and cultural features including exceptional examples of past human civilization including the world's oldest cremation site.[citation needed] A small section of the region is protected by the Mungo National Park.[citation needed]

The World Heritage status of the region was created and negotiated in 1981.[1] The site was gazetted on the Australian National Heritage List on 21 May 2007[2] under the Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1), 2003 (Cth).[3] The region is also listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.[4]


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