HISTORIC AND INDIGENOUS PLACES
Australia's cultural heritage is not confined to museums and the objects they hold. Prior to 2003, the Commonwealth government maintained the Register of the National Estate which recorded all locations of cultural and historical value within Australia. This Register is no longer maintained and has been replaced by the National Heritage List. Where the Register of the National Estate recorded all places of interest to either the State and Commonwealth governments, the National Heritage List only records places of value to the Commonwealth government. Each state and territory government is now responsible for maintaining their own register of significant locations and this data is not presented here.
As of March 2008, the Commonwealth had a total of 70 places included on the National Heritage List. Of the 70, 38 are of historic importance, 25 of natural importance and seven of Indigenous. More information about the National Heritage List is available from the website of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts www.environment.gov.au.