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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 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

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.

Conservation program


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 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.

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Bitou bush threat abatement plan

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.

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Arakwal National Park joint management program

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.

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.

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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.


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Tallow Beach, Arakwal National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government