photo: Cameron Slatyer
State: NSW | Hectares: 1360 | IUCN Category: II | Partners: New South Wales Government
Darkwood is a spectacular 1,360 hectare rainforest property, about two hours from Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales.
Darkwood is part of a package of six properties which the Australian Government helped the New South Wales Government purchase through $14.75 million from the Caring for our Country initiative. It is managed by the New South Wales Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) as part of New England National Park.
Nestled beside the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, Darkwood is part of a rich wildlife corridor making it an important addition to the National Reserve System – Australia's most secure way of protecting native habitat. It protects nationally threatened species like the endangered booroolong frog and spotted-tailed quoll. More than 15 kilometres of the Bellinger River also winds its way through Darkwood, protecting key aquatic habitat for the giant barred frog and the vulnerable stuttering frog.