Australia's Most Endangered Destinations


Australia is a wonderful country with many spectacular destinations, however, Frommer’s 500 Places to See Before They Disappear has some less well know locations including an art deco theatre in Adelaide, Sydney's Luna Park and the underground homes of Coober Pedy .

500 Places to See Before They Disappear, recently published in Australia, lists sites most at risk from developers and climate change.

Author Holly Hughes said she discovered more positive developments than she expected while writing the book she commented:

"At the outset, I feared that this project would be infinitely depressing."  

"Many of the case studies in this book are reasons for hope, not despair, and the more support we can lend them, the better."

She lists the Capri Theatre, with its Wurlitzer organ in the inner Adelaide suburb of Goodwood, among 10 classic movie palaces that have "escaped the wrecking ball".

Australia's most endangered places

  • Capri Theatre, SA
  • Coober Pedy, SA
  • Daintree Rainforest, Qld
  • Dampier Rock Art Complex, WA
  • Fraser Island, Qld
  • Gold Coast, Qld
  • Great Barrier Reef, Qld
  • Kakadu National Park, NT
  • Kangaroo Island, SA
  • Kuranda Village, Qld
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, NSW
  • Lord Howe Island
  • Luna Park, NSW
  • The Mabi Forest, Qld
  • Mission Beach, Qld
  • Purnululu National Park, WA
  • Shark Bay, WA
  • Tasmania
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT
  • Warrumbungle National Park, NSW
  • Wollemi National Park, NSW

Of Luna Park, she said: "No child who has ever walked into Luna Park, through the grotesque gaping grin of the face, could fail to be wowed."

The sites join the Daintree Rainforest, Fraser Island, the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Park among 21 Australian listings in the book.

The whole of Tasmania also features, with attention drawn to the endangered Tasmanian devil.

"Many unique species thrive in Tasmania, one of the world's most unusual ecosystems," Hughes said.

"However, increasing development, including logging, mining and other industries, threaten many of the island's most beautiful places."

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