Protected area locations

Narloo, Western Australia | Nick Rains

Over 17 per cent of Australia's landmass is protected in the National Reserve System and is made up of over 10,000 protected areas. In all, the National Reserve System covers an area bigger than South Australia.

NRS locations

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Terrestrial Protected Areas in Australia by IUCN Management Category
IUCN Category Number Area (ha) Average size (ha) % of Australia Contribution to NRS
IA 2,413 16,137,987 6,688 2.10% 11.74%
IB 64 5,173,203 80,831 0.67% 3.76%
II 1,086 38,053,578 35,040 4.95% 27.67%
III 2,414 8,060,172 3,339 1.05% 5.86%
IV 2,783 3,107,346 1,117 0.40% 2.26%
I-IV Total 8,760 70,532,286   9.17% 51.29%
NA 7 404 58 0.00% 0.00%
V 359 7,921,641 22,066 1.03% 5.76%
VI 1,213 59,047,221 48,679 7.68% 42.94%
V-VI Total 1,572 66,968,862   8.71% 48.70%
TOTAL 10,339 137,501,551 13,299 17.88% 100.00%
Australia 768,826,956