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Protected areas

Australia's biosphere reserves

Information on biosphere reserves including protected areas and surrounding lands that are managed to combine both conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

Department of the Environment

Australia's world heritage list

List of Australian properties on the World Heritage List and provides links to further information.

Department of the Environment

Australian Alps National Parks

There are three national parks in the Australian Alps that cross State and Territory borders. These parks are collectively known as the Australian Alps national parks.

Department of the Environment

Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG)

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.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

Commonwealth botanic gardens

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.

Department of the Environment

Commonwealth national parks

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.

Department of the Environment

Director of National Parks (DNP)

Established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the principal function of the DNP is to manage the Commonwealth reserves and conservation zones.

Director of National Parks (DNP)

Eye on the Reef

iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android - Capture and share real-time sightings of marine animals and incidents while you are still on the Reef.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Protects the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the World Heritage Area by trying to ensure that all human uses of the Park are ecologically sustainable and that the ecosystem's natural functions, especially resilience, are maintained.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

A subantarctic island group located in the Southern Ocean, about 4,000 kilometres south west of mainland Australia. Provides information about this amazing, but incredibly isolated, place.

Australian Antarctic Division

Kakadu National Park

Located 240 kilometres east of Darwin in Australia’s tropical north, the Park is Australia’s largest terrestrial national park. It is managed jointly by its Aboriginal traditional owners and the Department.

Department of the Environment

National reserve system

Outlines Australia's network of protected areas, conserving examples of our natural landscapes and native plants and animals for future generations.

Department of the Environment

Parks Australia

Blog site for the Parks Australia rangers. Rangers manage some of Australia's most spectacular national parks, helping visitors connect with iconic Australian landscapes and Aboriginal culture.

Director of National Parks (DNP)

Permits and licences for activities in Commonwealth Parks and Reserves

If you wish to conduct activities such as commercial tours, commercial filming and photography, research and other commercial activities such as events. in a Commonwealth Park or Reserve you need a permit. This page provides full details and downloads for permits.

Department of the Environment

Protected area management agencies in Australia and New Zealand

Agencies responsible for national parks and wildlife, reserves and conservation in Australian states and territories and in New Zealand.

Department of the Environment

Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park

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.

Department of the Environment

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