Information on biosphere reserves including protected areas and surrounding lands that are managed to combine both conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
Index page for Australian properties on the World Heritage List. This site has a map of the properties and provides links to further information.
There are eleven national parks and reserves in the Australian Alps that cross State and Territory borders. These parks and reserves are collectively known as the Australian Alps national parks.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. A herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection. The Gardens also cultivates plants threatened in the wild.
Find out about Australia's Commonwealth Botanic Gardens. This page provides links to information on the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra; Booderee Botanic Gardens, Booderee National Park; and Norfolk Island Botanic Garden, Norfolk Island.
Find out about Australia's Commonwealth National Parks. This page provides links to information on Kakadu National Park, Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, Booderee National Park, Norfolk Island National Park, Christmas Island National Park and Pulu Keeling National Park.
This site is the gateway for information on all aspects of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area.
Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) is a subantarctic island group located in the Southern Ocean, about 4,000 kilometres south west of mainland Australia. HIMI is an amazing, but incredibly isolated, place. This website is intended to bring it a little closer by providing information about what is there.
Kakadu National Park is managed jointly by its Aboriginal traditional owners and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
The National Reserve System is Australia's network of protected areas, conserving examples of our natural landscapes and native plants and animals for future generations. The reserve system includes more than 9,000 protected areas covering more than 11 per cent of the country. It is made up Commonwealth, state and territory reserves, Indigenous lands and protected areas run by non-profit conservation organisations, through to ecosystems protected by farmers on their private working properties.
If you wish to conduct research or any commercial activity in a Commonwealth Park or Reserve, or carry out certain recreational or other activities, you need a permit. Activities must be consistent with the Management Plan for the park or reserve in which the activity is to be conducted.
Blog site for the Parks Australia rangers. Parks Australia helps to manage some of Australia’s most spectacular national parks. Many of them are global tourism destinations, helping visitors connect with iconic Australian landscapes and Aboriginal culture.
Protected area management agencies in Australian states and territories and in New Zealand.
Australia regulates the loading and dumping of waste at sea under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 (the Sea Dumping Act). The Sea Dumping Act also fulfils Australia's international obligations under the London Protocol to prevent marine pollution by controlling dumping of wastes and other matter. Permits are required for all sea dumping operations including dumping off vessels, platforms or other man-made structures and for burials at sea.
The Aboriginal traditional owners of Uluru -Kata Tjuta National Park have looked after, and in turn been looked after by, the land for over one thousand generations. Aboriginal use of the land over that time is reflected throughout the Uluru -Kata Tjuta landscape, which is recognised as a World Heritage area of outstanding universal value.