Places we protect

Our strategy is to identify and focus on ‘priority landscapes' where there are conservation assets of national importance and we can make a significant difference. We actively invest in these through purchases and partnerships with others.

Our priority landscapes

The colours on the map indicate the geographic region and the shaded areas are our priority landscapes within these. The markers indicate our reserves or partnership properties.

The focus of our work in each region is summarised below.

 Northern Savannah

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: Arafura Swamp, Warddeken.

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, Olkola.

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.

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: Bunuba, Wunambal Gaambera.

 Arid Riverine

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

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, Pullen Pullen.

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.

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.

 Grassy Ecosystems North

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.

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.


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-west Floristic

Mid-west Western Australia 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, Hamelin. Partnerships: Gundawa Regional Conservation Association.

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.

South-west Western Australia
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.

 West Australian Desert

A place of global conservation significance, rich in biodiversity and cultural value. Includes the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts. Partnerships: Birriliburu.

 Grassy Ecosystems South

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.

 South-east Coastal & Highlands

South East New South Wales
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.

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.