Places we protect

Last updated: Friday 27 May, 2016

Our strategy is to identify and focus on ‘priority landscapes' that have conservation assets of national importance and where we can make a significant difference. We plan to actively invest in these (through purchases and partnering with others) to achieve positive conservation change.

Our priority landscapes and the location of our reserves and partnership projects are illustrated and explained below.

Arnhem Land

Has some of the most intact and bio-diverse natural ecosystems, and the enduring stewardship of Aboriginal traditional owners make the region internationally renowned.
Partnerships: Warddeken.


This region in central Queensland is one of 15 national biodiversity hotspots, yet has suffered extensive habitat loss and degradation. We aim to help protect the last viable remnants of once extensive ecosystems and the threatened species within.
Reserves: Carnarvon, Goonderoo.


One of the least protected regions, it encompasses an entire internally-draining and unregulated river catchment, floodplain and terminal wetlands. Higher ranges are a refuge for many threatened species. Relatively free from development.

Cape York

Largely intact and connected landscapes with high species diversity and endemism, but threatened by agriculture and mining. We can help support Aboriginal groups to manage their land and culture.
Reserves: Fan Palm. Partnerships: Balkanu.

Einasleigh Uplands

A national biodiversity hotspot with many threatened and poorly protected species and communities. Threatened by clearing, invasive species, unsustainable grazing and needs fire management.
Reserves: Yourka.

Gondwana Link

Includes the Fitz-Stirling link and the Great Western Woodlands - the most extensive intact temperate woodland in the world; many threatened species.
Reserves: Yarrabee, Monjebup (including Monjebup North), Chereninup Creek, Beringa. Partnerships: Gondwana Link, Chingarrup.

Gulf Plains

Part of the world's most extensive tropical savannah woodlands; largely unprotected and faces expanding agriculture, invasive species and altered fire regimes.
Partnerships: Waanyi Garawa.


A national biodiversity hotspot and the last refuge of many species on continental Australia. Has high species diversity and endemism; threatened by pastoral expansion, invasive species and inappropriate fire regimes.
Partnerships: Wunambal Gaambera.

Kosciuszko 2 Coast

A highly depleted and fragmented landscape supporting five threatened communities, including the once extensive box-gum grassy woodlands, and many threatened and endemic species.
Reserves: Scottsdale, Burrin Burrin, Brogo. Partnerships: Kosciuszko 2 Coast.


A centre of floristic endemism and diversity within the Southwest Floristic Region global biodiversity hotspot. Threatened by coastal development, mining, agriculture and inappropriate fire management.

Mid-west WA Rangelands

This landscape overlaps the Avon Wheatbelt and Geraldton to Shark Bay national biodiversity hotspots along a transition zone between rangelands and woodlands. Threatened by habitat fragmentation, invasive species, poor fire management and over-grazing.
Reserves: Charles Darwin, Eurardy. Partnerships: Gundawa Regional Conservation Association.

Mitchell Grass Downs

Highly productive, fertile plains dominated by Mitchell grass tussock grasslands. Has one of the lowest levels of protection, yet contains many significant and threatened species.
Reserve: Edgbaston


A desert ecosystem with the highest diversity of lizards of any desert globally.
Reserves: Cravens Peak, Ethabuka.

Northern Woodlands

Poorly protected landscape dominated by grassy box woodlands, now largely cleared from the inland slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Supports more than 60 threatened flora and over 50 threatened fauna species; important for woodland birds.

Paroo Warrego

Contains the last unregulated rivers (in the best condition) in the Murray Darling catchment, and some of the most important inland wetlands, including the Paroo Floodplain and Carrawinya Important Bird Areas.
Reserves: Naree.

Riverina Goldfields

A highly fragmented and depleted landscape that's poorly protected; contains viable remnants of grasslands, grassy woodlands, floodplain woodlands and wetlands, and the threatened species and communities they support.
Reserves: Nardoo Hills, John C Griffin.

SA Arid Rangelands

Arid and semi-arid country threatened by over-grazing and invasive species, yet supporting a range of threatened species in small pockets of more productive country.
Reserves: Boolcoomatta, Bon Bon. Partnerships: Arid Recovery.

South East Tasmanian Midlands

National biodiversity hotspot with very high levels of endemism and threatened species; one of our most endangered ecosystems (temperate grasslands) under increasing threat from conversion to pasture, irrigated crops and inappropriate grazing.
Partnerships: Tasmanian Midlandscapes. Reserves: Liffey Valley Reserves, South Esk Pine, Friendly Beaches

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