Australia’s Ningaloo coast Gets Unesco’s World Heritage Listing

dinosaur footprints
Concrete cast of dinosaur footprints, over 130 million years old, at Gantheaume Point, Broome, Western Australia. There are six sets of prints, but they are under the water most of the tides. Photo source: ©© Lin Padgham


The Ningaloo coast in Western Australia covers 708,350 hectares of coastal waters and land, including one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world, and is home to rare wildlife including whale sharks and sea turtles. It’s an area of outstanding beauty and home to 13 threatened bird species, and is the latest sites to be added to the World Heritage List at the Unesco meeting this week in Paris.

At Gantheaume Point and 30 metres out to sea are dinosaur footprints believed to be from the Cretaceous Age approximately 130 million years ago. The tracks can be seen only during very low tide.

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