Protected Areas database 2012 data now online

Date published: 
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 08:00

Did you know the smallest protected area in Australia is only five square metres? It’s Waubadebars Grave Historic Site in Tasmania. The largest terrestrial reserve is the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area at over 10.1 million hectares.

This information and other maps, spatial data and statistics on Australia’s protected places can be found on the Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD 2012) at

Most of the data is accessible under Creative Commons, allowing free access.

By providing data in maps, spreadsheets and graphs, CAPAD 2012 enables users to find relevant information in a variety of ways. The database can help to contextualise biodiversity outcomes and monitor programme outcomes by Australian bioregions.