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Tyagarah Nature Reserve

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Tyagarah Nature Reserve is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Unique, endangered ecology

Paper bark trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia)  on the river bank. Tyagarah Nature Reserve. Photo: David Young

The reserve protects six endangered ecological communities in the north coast bioregion: coastal saltmarsh; swamp sclerophyll forest; littoral rainforest; lowland rainforest on floodplain; subtropical coastal floodplain forest; and swamp oak floodplain forest. A huge total of 33 threatened plant species are known, or likely to occur, within the reserve such as stinking crypotocarya, red lilly pilly and green-leaved rose walnut.

  • Tyagarah Nature Reserve picnic area Relax at this lovely picnic area next to Tyagarah Nature Reserve. Wander the nearby bush tracks, or head to the beach for swimming, sunbathing or fishing.

Generations of Aboriginal history

Forest, Tyagarah Nature Reserve. Photo: David Young

The reserve falls within the Bundjalung nation and is of importance to the local Arakwal people who have affiliations and connections to the reserve and surrounds. The abundant resources of the reserve have been used by generations of Bundjalung people, who are the original custodians of northern coastal areas of NSW.

Colourful wildlife

Pelicans (Pelecanus) on the river, Tyagarah Nature Reserve. Photo: David Young

Among the diverse wildlife you may encounter here are Australian bush turkeys wandering the nearby tracks in search of food. Ospreys, brahminy kits and majestic white-bellied sea eagles patrol the coast, sometimes swooping dramatically to snatch food from the sea. Pied oystercatchers, with their distinctive long red beaks, may be seen searching for pippis along the beach. If you're especially lucky, you may even come across a wallaby grazing beside the track that runs from Grays Lane to Brunswick Heads. Threatened species recorded in the reserve include the long-nosed potoroo, wallum froglet, and the Mitchells Rainforest snail.

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Tyagarag Nature Reserve. Photo: David Young