Australian National Parks

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Australian National Parks The first laws to protect the countrys scenic areas were passed in Tasmania in 1863. In 1879, the Royal National Park was established south of Sydney - Australias first, and the worlds second national park. Since then, about 3200 national parks have been created in Australia and Tasmania, covering more than 40 million hectares land - 5.3 percent of the Australian land mass. Most Australian national parks are within easy reach of main cities and towns. Most can be reached by road, some by air, and a few by rail. Many parks contain Aboriginal culture paintings and ceremonial sites for example. These rare sites are protected and, in some cases, parks are owned by the Aboriginals. Every year, more than four million people visit Australias national parks. As a result, almost all parks have good walking tracks and picnic spots and most allow camping in special areas. Where camping is not allowed, suitable camping grounds or motels are usually nearby. Visitors can also enjoy discovering Australias colorful birds, mammals, and reptiles. World Heritage Australia has a large range of National Parks, some listed under World Heritage, some that have been established as parks under the care and control of traditional Aboriginal owners and many others that are controlled by various State Governments. What is World Heritage ? World Heritage is a Convention, and Australia is a founding nation of it. It promotes cooperation among nations to provide a conservation ...

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