Mount Lofty World Heritage Bid

Mount Lofty World Heritage Bid

In November 2013 Alexandrina Council joined Adelaide Hills Council, Mount Barker District Council, Barossa Council, City of Onkaparinga, The University of Adelaide, Regional Development Barossa, and more recently the District Council of Yankalilla, to prepare a bid to list the Mount Lofty Ranges on the World Heritage List.

The elements of the bid that set it apart from other regions goes back to the origins of the colonisation era when theorist and entrepreneur Edward Gibbon Wakefield, free market economist John Stuart Mill and philosopher Jeremy Bentham all had a say in the founding of the state. The international significance of that colonisation history forms the basis of our UNESCO bid, as we show how the innovations of the era continue to be reflected in the contemporary landscape, settlement patterns and evolving rural land use policies of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula.

UNESCO World Heritage listing would celebrate our diverse and dynamic agricultural landscapes and allow them to evolve and develop under local and state planning controls.

If successful the region joins an elite global club that includes landscapes in Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Champagne and Burgandy. The bid has a core ambition to deliver real and lasting economic, cultural and environmental benefits to the region, regardless of the outcome.

Visit the Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid website for more information

We invite you to complete our online surveys.

A group of local councils, along with the University of Adelaide and Regional Development Australia (Barossa), are pursuing world heritage listing for the agricultural landscapes within the Mount Lofty Ranges region.

We are currently seeking feedback from industry and community stakeholders on the national heritage listing nomination, which is the first stage in pursuing UNESCO world heritage listing.

As part of the regional engagement around our draft nomination document we invite you to complete our online surveys, one targeted at the general community, and the other at community and industry stakeholders who may wish to make a more detailed contribution to the nomination process. However, anyone is welcome to complete one or both of the surveys at these links:

Community survey -
Stakeholder survey -

Thank You for your participation,
Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid - Project Management Group

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