Declared Indigenous Protected Areas in New South Wales
Brewarrina Ngemba Billabong Indigenous Protected Area
Located on the Barwon River, the 261 hectare property is part of the Murray-Darling Basin. Four endangered species make their home at Brewarrina Ngemba Billabong - the brolga, the blue-billed duck, the freckled duck and the red-tailed black cockatoo. The property's emergent wetlands and open woodlands contain such plants as native water lilies, river redgums and coolibah.
Boorabee and The Willows Indigenous Protected Area
Boorabee and The Willows cover 2900 hectares, providing a home for one of Australia's most iconic species - the koala. The traditional owners of Boorabee and The Willows, the Ngoorabul people, recognise the koala as a totemic species. The place name Boorabee itself is derived from the Ngoorabul word for koala 'boor-bee'.
Gumma Indigenous Protected Area
Just south of Nambucca Heads on the north coast of New South Wales, next to the Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park, Gumma is an idyllic coastal haven.
Minyumai Indigenous Protected Area
At Minyumai Indigenous Protected Area, ancient rainforests and floodplain wetlands act as a gateway to some of the largest coastal forests of far northern New South Wales. Minyumai covers over 2,100 hectares of paperbark groves and scribbly gum, swamp mahogany and bloodwood forests - as well as rare patches of lush rainforest.
Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Area
Stretching over 1,114 hectares of the Lower Richmond Valley on the northern coast of New South Wales, Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Area is a refuge for an extraordinary number of plants and animals.
Tarriwa Kurrukun Indigenous Protected Area
The Tarriwa Kurrukun Indigenous Protected Area covers 930 hectares of wetlands and stringy bark forest, home to an amazing diversity of plants and animals. Tarriwa Kurrukun means 'strong one' in the Banbai Nation language, the traditional owners of this country. The Banbai's ongoing connection to Tarriwa Kurrukun dates back thousands of years. The central ridgelines of the property contain a number of scarred trees and isolated artefacts.
Toogimbie Indigenous Protected Area
Situated north of the famous Hay Plain, Toogimbie includes flat former pasture lands contrasting with eucalypt-lined creeks and waterways, and a nearby floodplain. The traditional life of the Nari Nari people revolved around Toogimbie's wetlands, which are home to totem animals and traditional medicines.
Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area
Situated about 35 kilometres north-east of the New England township of Guyra, Wattleridge covers nearly six and a half square kilometres of botanically diverse bushland growing on outcropping granite country. Bounded by the Sara River flowing to the north, the land's rocky ridges and rolling landscape are separated by forested valley flats, picturesque creeks and tumbling waterfalls.
Weilmoringle Indigenous Protected Area
At the Weilmoringle Indigenous Protected Area, scarred, grey eucalypts dot the landscape, providing roosts for Major Mitchell cockatoos while brolgas feed around the many shallow creeks and swamps. Found in central New South Wales, near the Queensland border, Weilmoringle covers an area of 3,500 hectares.