Area: 593 hectares
Location: Central Qld 275km W of Rockhampton
Traditional Owners: Western Kangoulu
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At the heart of Queensland’s Brigalow Belt bioregion lies a Bush Heritage property that’s part of a disappearing world.
Goonderoo Reserve was bought because it secured a group of rapidly vanishing ecosystems – among them the Brigalow shrublands.
Taking their name from the long-lived, silvery wattle known as Brigalow, the once extensive Brigalow Belt shrublands have fallen prey to large-scale land clearance. Now just 6% of the brigalow shrublands remain, with only 2% protected in conservation reserves.
These remaining patches, including those at Goonderoo, provide refuge for many woodland species – bandicoots, bettongs, Sugar Gliders and Koalas are just some of the species found on the reserve.
Goonderoo also hosts habitat for the nationally endangered Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, a population of which lives on a neighbouring property – Avocet Nature Reserve.
All this has been protected thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
What Goonderoo protects
When Bush Heritage bought this property in 1998 the previous owners were generous enough to pass on a family list of bird species recorded over several decades. Since then we’ve built on that list, and it now includes mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Goonderoo Reserve also protects these significant species and communities:
Animals: Rufous Bettong, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Koala, Squatter Pigeon, Common Dunnart, Sugar Glider.
Vegetation communities: Bluegrass grasslands, Brigalow shrublands, Lancewood shrublands, riparian forest, Poplar Box woodlands, red-gum forest.