Currumbin Valley

Last updated: Friday 27 May, 2016
A map showing the location of Currumbin Reserve in Qld.

Established: 2000
Area: 4 hectares
Location: 100km S of Brisbane, QLD

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Tucked into the hinterland of Queensland's bustling Gold Coast lies Currumbin Valley Reserve, a tiny patch of regenerating rainforest protected from the nearby frenzy of development.

A Regent Skipper Butterfly at Currumbin. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
A Regent Skipper Butterfly at Currumbin. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Long before human intervention reshaped this area, Currumbin Valley was part of the extensive rainforests of south-east Queensland.

Now, together with the adjacent Nicoll Scrub National Park, it protects a rare remnant of forest cover.

It also plays an important role as a conservation buffer for the national park, which is known habitat for the vulnerable Richmond birdwing butterfly, and shows evidence of long-nosed bandicoots, green catbirds, scrub turkeys and a number of honeyeater species.

A Brush Turkey explores leaf litter at Currumbin. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
A Brush Turkey explores leaf litter at Currumbin. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
And for all this we have a local beekeeper and flower grower to thank.

Dr Alex Griffiths, who passed away in July 1998, bequeathed Currumbin Valley Reserve to Bush Heritage as part of his environmental legacy. Dr Griffiths is fondly remembered for his unwavering devotion to nature conservation.

What we’re doing 

The large number of invasive weeds found at Currumbin Valley Reserve is testament to the amount of human disturbance in the area.

Volunteer Nicky Rolls takes a break from weeding on Currumbin. Photo Leanne Hales.
Volunteer Nicky Rolls takes a break from weeding on Currumbin. Photo Leanne Hales.
Of the 71 weed species found on the property, those of most concern are dense infestations of Lantana and smothering weeds such as Perennial Soybean – a native African plant introduced into Australia as cattle fodder.

Camphor Laurels, which can colonise and dominate regenerating and open forest, are also a major concern.

On the steep slopes we've had to remove weeds with great sensitivity and care to prevent further erosion. The good news is that following our efforts to remove weeds, the recovering and mature rainforest is effectively shading them out.

Impressions of Currumbin

Brush tailed possum. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Brush tailed possum. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
When wildlife photographer Wayne Lawler spent a couple of weeks working at Currumbin, he was mesmerised by its hidden treasures.

'Currumbin is only about four hectares, yet it has such a concentration of biodiversity that size is no measure of its conservation value.'

'Lower down you encounter a band of tall Brush Box Forest, then proper Subtropical Rainforest, before you reach the leafy creek flat at the foot of the slope complete with a Piccabeen Palm Grove.'

'The highlights of my visit were the many wildlife encounters, including my daytime sighting of a magnificent All-black Mountain Possum with young, nestled in the cleft of an old rainforest tree deep in the reserve.'

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