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When the World Heritage Committee recently announced the expansion of the UNESCO World Heritage list, it announced that a number of Australian penal sites would be honored, including some in the country's southernmost state, Tasmania.
Five of the 11 convict sites named to the list are in Tasmania, giving an excellent reason for travelers to book Hobart holidays.
Specifically the recognized sites are Port Arthur and the Coal Mines Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula, the Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart, Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island and Woolmers and Brickendon Estates near Longford.
Felicia Mariani, Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Tasmania, said that it was nice that the state was recognized for its heritage.
"When you ask people what comes to mind when they think of Tasmania, the first thing they usually mention is our wilderness," she said. "This is not surprising given that over half of our state is ancient World Heritage Wilderness, national parks and forest and marine reserves. And, given our history and rich colonial heritage, it is fitting that our State has now received recognition for these five important convict heritage sites. It can only add further to our reputation as a world-class destination."
The convict sites give Australia 18 World Heritage listings.
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