Many grey boulders scattered on a mossy-looking ground cover.
Peter Dombrovskis, 'Boulders near Summit of Mount Hamilton, Macquarie Island, 1984', nla.obj-149207117

World Heritage Sites of Australia by Peter Valentine

Nature enthusiasts and booklovers alike are in for a treat as the second edition of the bestselling NLA Publishing title World Heritage Sites of Australia will be released in Sydney on 5 September 2023.

This updated edition features a chapter on the newest Australian heritage site addition, the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, and a new foreword from renowned environmentalist Bob Brown.

This book serves as both a source of travel inspiration and an informative text. With its vibrant full-colour illustrations, readers can immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of Australia's diverse landscapes. From the ancient rainforests that showcase the connections of the supercontinent Gondwana, to the rock art that reveals a history of human settlement spanning over 60,000 years, author Peter Valentine delves into the outstanding qualities of each World Heritage site.

This second edition of World Heritage Sites of Australia is a testament to Valentine's dedication and passion for preserving and celebrating these remarkable sites. This includes conversations with the late Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie, diving adventures on the Great Barrier Reef and developing safe protocols for swimming with whale sharks at the Ningaloo Coast.

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking travel inspiration World Heritage Sites of Australia is a must-have addition to your collection. This book not only celebrates the remarkable beauty of Australia's landscapes, but also serves as a call to action to protect and cherish these invaluable sites for generations to come.

Peter Valentine will be launching this book at the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) General Assembly 2023 in Sydney on 5 September 2023. He will also be giving a free talk about the book at 6pm on 5 September at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

About the author 

Peter Valentine is an adjunct professor at James Cook University, following an academic career in environmental management and conservation based in Townsville. He has been intensely involved in natural heritage across Australia and throughout the world for many decades, assisting with the evaluation of nominations; establishing a graduate university program in World Heritage management; participating in the management and evaluation of several World Heritage sites; serving terms as director and chair of the Wet Tropics Management Authority; and serving as a natural heritage expert on the Australian Heritage Council. Today, he lives with wife Valerie near Malanda in the Wet Tropics rainforest.

Additional Information 

The front cover of the book 'World Heritage Sites of Australia'.

Images for media use are available for download via Dropbox.


Mirelle O'Mara, Media Liaison, National Library of Australia

M: 0401 226 697