Nature conservation

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North Coast Bioregion

The North Coast Bioregion runs up the east coast of NSW from just north of Newcastle to just inside the Qld border. The total area of the bioregion is 5,924,130 hectares (IBRA 5.1) and the NSW portion is 5,692,351.6 hectares or 96.1 per cent of the bioregion. The NSW portion of North Coast Bioregion occupies 7.11 per cent of the state.

The Sydney Basin Bioregion bounds the North Coast Bioregion in the south and the Nandewar and New England Tablelands bioregions lie against its western boundary. The North Coast Bioregion has proven to be a popular place to live, with hundreds of 'holiday towns' lining the coast and eastern inland, including Port Macquarie, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Lismore, Alstonville, Dorrigo, Forster and Taree.

The Tweed, Richmond, Clarence, Coffs Harbour, Bellinger, Nambucca, Macleay, Hastings and Manning River catchments all fall in the North Coast Bioregion.

North Coast - climate
See average climate figures for the bioregion.

North Coast - landform
Get topography, geology, geomorphology, geodiversity and soil information.

North Coast - biodiversity
Find out about plant communities, flora, fauna and wetlands in the bioregion.

North Coast - regional history
Learn about Aboriginal cultural heritage in this area, together with the history of the region since colonisation.

North Coast - bioregional-scale conservation
Find out how much of this bioregion is protected by parks and reserves, and learn about other conservation programs in the region.

North Coast - subregions
Get basic information about the finer-scale subregions that make up this bioregion.

North Coast - references
See a list of publications and websites which can provide more information about this bioregion.

North Coast - maps and printable versions
Download and print all the information in this bioregion overview as an Acrobat (PDF) document. View maps showing rivers, topography, vegetation, conservation reserves and subregions.

Page last updated: 26 April 2016