Charnley River – Artesian Range Bowra Brooklyn Buckaringa Curramore Dakalanta Faure Island Kalamurina Karakamia Mornington-Marion Downs Mt Gibson Mount Zero-Taravale Newhaven North Head Paruna Piccaninny Plains Pungalina-Seven Emu Scotia Tableland Wongalara Yookamurra

Sanctuaries

Covering 3.25 million hectares (8 million acres), the AWC portfolio represents the largest private conservation estate in Australia.

Sanctuaries

Key vitals:

  • AWC owns and manages more land than any other non-government conservation organisation in Australia.
  • Our 23 properties cover more than 3.25 million hectares (8 million acres).
  • AWC properties are located in key regions including the Kimberley, the Top End, Cape York, Lake Eyre and the southwestern forests.
  • The total AWC estate is nearly half the size of Tasmania or around the same size as Belgium.
  • AWC sanctuaries protect:
    • 519 bird species (86% of all native bird species)
    • 204 mammal species (71% of all native mammal species)
  • AWC properties protect some of the largest remaining populations of
    threatened species such as the Bilby, the Numbat, the Gouldian Finch and the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby.
  • AWC protects more threatened wildlife species than any other
    non-government organisation.
  • AWC sanctuaries contain an extraordinary diversity of habitats from the hottest deserts to the wettest rainforest as well as tall eucalypt woodlands, tropical savanna, extensive wetlands and grasslands.
  • Around 80 staff manage our 3.25 million hectare estate. Almost 80% of our staff are based in the field (a much higher proportion than any other organisation in our sector).
  • Across our estate, we manage:
    • The largest cat and fox-free area on mainland Australia;
    • The two largest feral herbivore-free areas in Australia; and
    • The largest non-government fire program in Australia.

In little more than a decade, AWC has implemented a ground-breaking approach –
combining world-class science and a sound business strategy – to acquire a portfolio of 23 properties in iconic locations such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Lake Eyre.

Our properties protect a stunning diversity of ecosystems including tropical savanna, rainforest, desert, grasslands and woodlands.

The value of our estate is best measured in terms of the wildlife we protect. Our properties are home to over 500 native bird species (over 86% of all Australian terrestrial bird species) and over 170 native mammal species (71% of terrestrial mammal species). Importantly, our sanctuaries protect some of the largest remaining populations of key threatened species such as Bilbies, Numbats, Gouldian Finches and Golden-backed Tree-rats.

Our core business is delivering effective conservation – practical land management informed by the best available science – across our sanctuaries. To this end, almost 80% of our staff are based in the field delivering fire management, feral animal control and other land management activities.