In Australia, ancient paintings color desert walls; well-worn tracks connect sacred sites that Indigenous Australians have revered for hundreds of generations. Even the most remote and rough-hewn regions of the Outback reveal evidence of Australia’s 40,000-year relationship with people.
The Nature Conservancy is working to prolong that relationship. We protect the landscapes that sustain Australia’s vibrant natural palette in ways that restore and strengthen the connections people have developed with the land over many millennia.
Fortunately, Australia is embracing conservation. National parks encompass roughly five percent of the country’s area, and a committed coalition of governmental, private and public forces are working to conserve land while keeping it accessible to Australians.
The Conservancy supports a wide array of public conservation projects throughout Australia. These projects protect land while providing for people, and even a short visit can serve as a powerful reminder: the Land Down Under is your land, too.
This majestic reserve provides a haven for woodland wildlife and contains a bevy of species unique to Australia, including the endangered Northern Quoll. Situated next to Queensland’s spectacular Carnarvon Gorge National Park, this former cattle station is dotted with rock art, burial places and quarry sites that hold cultural significance for Indigenous Australians. The Conservancy assisted Bush Heritage Australia’s purchase of the property, where fencing off invasive species has had positive restoration results for native wildlife.
Charles Darwin Reserve
Formerly a sheep ranch, the Charles Darwin Reserve sits northeast of Perth at the western entrance to the vital Great Western Woodlands. The property boasts impressive expanses of the eucalypt woodlands and shrublands that once covered much of Western Australia. Chris Darwin—Charles Darwin’s great-great grandson—played a major role in the acquisition of this property, which was purchased in 2003 by Bush Heritage Australia with assistance from the Conservancy.
The rich red soils of Chereninup Creek are alive with banksias, grevilleas, acacias and eucalyptus trees—all emblematic Western Australian species that are becoming increasingly rare. This reserve lies between the Fitzgerald River National Park and the Stirling Range National Park, providing a valuable wildlife corridor for wallabies and kangaroos as well as a crucial access point to the Great Western Woodlands. The property was purchased by Bush Heritage Australia with help from the Conservancy.