Arakwal National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Arakwal National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
Arakwal National Park contains a mosaic of environments, and is home to both threatened and endangered native plants and animals. The knowledge passed from the Byron Bay Arakwal People is integrated with scientific information for best practice conservation of native plants and animals, to ensure cultural considerations are taken into account, and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Arakwal National Park. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the park. Pest management of bitou bush and other weeds is a priority and an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Arakwal National Park.
Bitou bush poses a serious and widespread threat to threatened species populations and ecological communities on the NSW coast. The NPWS bitou bush threat abatement plan helps to reduce the impact of weeds at priority sites using control measures such as ground spraying, aerial spraying, biological control and physical removal.
Conserving our Aboriginal culture
The Byron Bay Arakwal People are recognised as the traditional owners of Country that includes Arakwal National Park. As the traditional owners, their role in looking after the lands, waters and plants and animals of Country has always been and will always be their responsibility. They have chosen to exercise this responsibility in partnership with the NPWS under joint management arrangements for the park.
Arakwal National Park is jointly managed between the Bundjalung of Byron Bay People (Arakwal) and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The Arakwal National Park Joint Management Committee brings together the Bundjalung People with NPWS and Byron Shire Council representatives to provide advice on the management of Arakwal National Park.
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.
Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.
- in the North Coast region
Arakwal National Park is always open but may be closed at times due to storm weather or fire danger.
Byron Bay office
02 6639 8300
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 22 Tallow Beach Road, Byron Bay 2481
- Byron Bay office
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Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.