Aboriginal Cultural Values in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area


Louisa Bay, Southwest National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Copyright: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) is a cultural landscape in which the cultural heritage of Tasmanian Aboriginal people is preserved. It is comprised of a variety of environments

Tasmanian Aboriginal people have lived within the TWWHA for at least 35,000 years. They consider it to have high cultural value. The landscape demonstrates important management and interaction with the land by Tasmanian Aboriginal people. 

Internationally recognised by the World Heritage Committee for its Outstanding Universal Value, it was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1982.

The Australian Commonwealth Government and Tasmanian State Government are committed to the identification, conservation and management of the Aboriginal cultural values of the TWWHA. 

These commitments are outlined within the Tasmanian​ Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 2016, which aims to guide the management of this unique cultural landscape into the future.​​

A fundamental aspect of these commitments is an increased emphasis on involving Tasmanian Aboriginal people in the management of the TWWHA through the identification and implementation of joint management opportunities.  


​Further information

​TWWHA Management Plan

Please note, this is a very large file and may take some time to download.​

Assessment of Aboriginal Cultural Values Project​

Aboriginal Heritage of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA): a literature review and synthesis report​​ is a review of the archaeological research that has been undertaken in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area over the last 35 years.

  TWWHA_Synthesis Report  (11Mb)​


Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 487 045
Email: aboriginal@heritage.tas.gov.au