Thursday, 17 November 2022


This cover from United Nations (New York Office) depicts 4 stamps (2 of each type), celebrating 2 Natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia: the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Wet Tropics of Queensland. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parkhis is inscribed at UNESCO World Heritage List since 1987 and was chosen as an example of a landscape that is culturally sacred to Aboriginal people. The park's two massive sandstone formations, Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa, are spiritually important to many Aṉangu. They form part of the local tjukurpa belief system. Cave paintings found at Uluṟu date back tens of thousands of years. The Wet Tropics of Queensland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 which has the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforests on Earth. The forests date from the Mesozoic era when the climate of Australia (and the world) was much more tropical than today. Originally, the rain forest area covered a much wider area than today. Today it is just a narrow strip along the east coast of Queensland.