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Yathong Nature Reserve

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Yathong Nature Reserve was created in November 1971. It covers an area of 115604ha. View the detailed park and fire management documents.

Yathong Nature Reserve, adjacent to Nombinnie and Round Hill nature reserves, was dedicated as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1977. The eastern half of Yathong lies on Cobar Peneplain, while in the central section, red dune plains of the Darling depression support extensive areas of mallee.

The reserve also has extensive areas of box woodlands, cypress and belah. A number of unusual plant species occur in the area including wild lime, sour bush, wedding bush, iron grass and yellow darling pea.

Habitats include a number of rare or endangered animals including ningaui, kultarr, malleefowl and striated grasswren.

This park is part of the network of feral predator-free areas in NSW which aim to prevent further extinctions and promote the recovery of our most susceptible species.

Our strongest protections on park

Our strongest protections on park

Grasswren refuge

This park is one of the few places in the world where the critically endangered mukarrthippi grasswren lives. This subspecies of striated grasswren has extra special protections as an Asset of Intergenerational Significance (AIS).

A striated grasswren bird in a tree. Photo credit: Dean Ingwersen © Dean Ingwersen
A striated grasswren bird in a tree. Photo credit: Dean Ingwersen © Dean Ingwersen

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.