The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia is the world's biggest area of subtropical rainforest. Located in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, the area contains many pockets of forest that date back to when Australia was part of the supercontinent of Gondwana. It is interesting to note that the rainforest has changed little since that time.
Three species of palm grow in these rainforests. Dominating the wettest soils are the tall Piccabeen Palms. The Rattan Palm or Lawyer Vine is a climbing palm and the Walking Stick palm abounds on the forest floor. Woody vines or lianas twist toward the canopy to capture light. Epiphytes such as crow's nest ferns and elkhorns cling to trees for support.
The forests that make up the Gondwana Rainforest Reserve were inscribed to the World Heritage list in 1986, and include the following national parks: