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Border Ranges National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Border Ranges National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Preserving biodiversity

The World Heritage-listed wilderness in Border Ranges National Park houses a wealth of unique fauna. Maintaining biodiversity within the park is a continuing priority for NPWS, so efforts to support threatened species are ongoing. These efforts include regular surveying and monitoring, pest management strategies, initiatives to boost key populations, fire management implementation, staff training and continuing bush regeneration programs.

Conservation program

BioNet

Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Border Ranges National Park. Pest management is a priority for NPWS with the pest reduction of wild dogs and cane toads being an important part of the work to protect the integrity of biodiversity within this park. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative in Border Ranges.

Conservation program

Cane toad management plan

Currently ineradicable, cane toads are infamous pests on the far North Coast of NSW. They are widespread around Evans Head and Byron Bay. Cane toads are a threat to biodiversity because they are poisonous when ingested by other animals. The cane toad management plan attempts to control their numbers where they are widespread and eradicate outlier populations before they can become established.

Exploring World Heritage

Border Ranges National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The park’s World Heritage values are preserved through multiple conservation programs, including fire and pest management strategies and initiatives to help recover threatened species. NPWS training aims to optimise staff understanding of World Heritage values, and the service promotes community involvement in conserving this important park.

Conservation program

Monitoring rainforest frogs in Gondwana Rainforest

As climate change increasingly impacts our native habitats, it is imperative that scientists monitor the health of these ecological sites to help conserve them for the future. In the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests, NPWS is conducting an extensive observation program for ancient frogs, which are indicator species for high altitude rainforest.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Border Ranges National Park is dedicated to preserving its strong Aboriginal culture. There are several significant sites within the park, which are maintained as part of efforts to conserve its heritage. Aboriginal site conditions are regularly assessed and recorded, and members of the Githabul community are consulted on park management decisions as a matter of course.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

Contact

  • in the North Coast region
  • Border Ranges National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Pinnacle lookout, Border Ranges National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund