Covering 262,000 hectares, and located near the intersection of three central Australian bioregions, Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Australia’s largest non-government protected areas.
The scenery at Newhaven is spectacular: dramatic quartzite mountains overlook extensive parallel sand dunes and shimmering salt lakes and clay pans. Decorated by mulga woodlands, rich spinifex sandplains and large areas of bloodwood and desert oak, Newhaven is also a hotspot for the wildlife of central Australia. Threatened species include the Black-footed Rock-wallaby, the Brush-tailed Mulgara and an important population of the Great Desert Skink.
Newhaven is renowned as a key arid zone bird watching destination. Supporting 170 species of birds, the property was originally purchased by Birdlife Australia before being transferred to AWC in 2006. Birdlife continue to work in partnership with AWC at Newhaven.
An historic native title consent determination in 2010 recognised the Ngalia Warlpiri people as the traditional owners of Newhaven and they remain actively involved in its management, participating in AWC’s delivery of major land management and science programs such as fire management, feral animal control and biological surveys.
Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary is set to host a project of global biodiversity significance – the establishment of a massive feral cat-free area covering at least 650 square kilometres (65,000 hectares). This will be the planet’s largest feral cat eradication project. The first stage of the Newhaven project (8,000 - 15,000 ha) will create a refuge for large, wild populations of at least 10 nationally threatened mammal species including the Mala (currently extinct in the wild), the Central Rock Rat and the Golden Bandicoot. Read more about the Newhaven Feral Eradication Project.