World Heritage listing anniversary marked
The Exmouth community celebrated five years since the Ningaloo Coast became a World Heritage-listed site with an event on Saturday.
The free community-wide event was held in Federation Park and featured a range of children’s activities themed around the universal world heritage values for which the site was inscribed, including one called the Water Wonders of the World.
There were also markets, food stalls and live music.
DPaW Exmouth District World Heritage project officer Tegan Gourlay said the event was designed to boost public awareness of and appreciation for the Ningaloo Coast as a World Heritage area, and they were glad to have helped educate the 200 people who attended about the world heritage values.
She said a World Heritage listing was a rare honour that gave the area an edge in the competitive tourism market.
“The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area brings with it international recognition,” she said. “World Heritage areas are exceptional, unique and irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.
“The area is already recognised as a major tourism destination due to the Ningaloo Marine Park and Cape Range National Park, (but) the World Heritage listing adds another layer of recognition for international and national tourists. Some tourists only visit world heritage sites around the world. The Ningaloo Coast will now be on their bucket list.”
The Ningaloo Coast was added to the World Heritage list in June 2011 for its striking natural features including its diversity of flora, fauna and landscapes, the Cape Range limestone karst system and major turtle rookeries.