On the way to Yourka Reserve you pass through one of the most diverse landscapes on the continent. Behind the rainforest of the eastern side of the great divide, the rain shadow brings the vegetation back to moist eucalypt forest and then woodlands.
Tall white Queensland Blue Gums line the rivers that run west, in this area feeding the Herbert River and its huge flanking Paper Bark and Blue Gum trees.
Yourka sits in the the Einasleigh Uplands. It also covers a variety of geology that forms the range, resulting in a variety of ecosystems from tall wet eucalypt forests to open Iron Bark and Lemon-scented Gum woodlands down to riparian lowland woodlands.
Its residents comprise some 140 bird, 18 native mammal and nearly 300 plant species. All are protected thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
What Yourka protects
Yourka is a sanctuary for a wide range of species, including a population of Mareeba Rock-wallabies. There are localised areas of granite outcrop with steep faces and occasional overhangs which they use as a refuge. The main one is Tiger Hill in the south. Yourka also protects these significant species and communities:
Animals: Red Goshawk (nationally vulnerable), Masked Owl (northern) (nationally vulnerable), Square-tailed Kite, Greater Glider, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Brush-tailed Possum at least 3 species of Night Jar and a variety of Quail and Button Quail species.
Plants: Trigger plants, Dodonaea uncinata (a rare hopbush), Range bloodwood, Boronia occidentalis (a rare boronia), Green truffle orchid
Vegetation communities: Moist eucalypt woodland, Heathy woodland, Gum-topped box woodland, Tall riparian forests, Bloodwood–ironbark woodland, Poplar gum woodland.