The land that is now Charles Darwin Reserve has a long and diverse history. From Aboriginal occupation to Sheep Station and now to conservation reserve, our aim in this document is to track how, why and when these and other activities were undertaken, and how the country was able to respond and survive.
As a conservation reserve Charles Darwin Reserve has great significance. It has 68,600 ha of ancient woodlands, wildflower-studded sand plains, natural salt lakes and shrublands. It is a remnant of ecosystems and vegetation types that once covered thousands of square kilometres of south-west Western Australia.
The purchase of this property was made possible by a gift from Chris Darwin, great-great-grandson of the famous naturalist, together with contributions from many other donors and the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust.
The property was renamed Charles Darwin Reserve to honour the great naturalist and to inspire conservation understanding and respect for the natural world.