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Threatened species

Parma Wallaby - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Macropus parma
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2012


A small wallaby, with a head and body length up to 52 cm. Fur is a uniform greyish-brown on the back and shoulders with a dark stripe along the spine ending mid-back. It has a white stripe on the cheek and upper lip and a white belly. When hopping, remains close to the ground in an almost horizontal position with the forearms tucked tightly against the body, and the tail curved upwards in a shallow U-shape.


Once occurred from north-eastern NSW to the Bega area in the southeast. Their range is now confined to the coast and ranges of central and northern NSW from the Gosford district to the Queensland border.

Habitat and ecology

  • Preferred habitat is moist eucalypt forest with thick, shrubby understorey, often with nearby grassy areas, rainforest margins and occasionally drier eucalypt forest.
  • Typically feed at night on grasses and herbs in more open eucalypt forest and the edges of nearby grassy areas.
  • During the day they shelter in dense cover.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

CMA CMA sub-region Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Hawkesbury-NepeanMoss Vale Predicted None
Hawkesbury-NepeanPittwater Known None
Hawkesbury-NepeanWollemi Predicted None
Hawkesbury-NepeanYengo Known None
Hunter-Central RiversBarrington Known None
Hunter-Central RiversComboyne Plateau Known None
Hunter-Central RiversKaruah Manning Known None
Hunter-Central RiversLiverpool Range Known Cedar Brush NR
Hunter-Central RiversMacleay Hastings Known None
Hunter-Central RiversMummel Escarpment Known None
Hunter-Central RiversTomalla Known None
Hunter-Central RiversUpper Hunter Known None
Hunter-Central RiversWalcha Plateau Known None
Hunter-Central RiversWollemi (Part B) Known None
Hunter-Central RiversWyong Known None
Hunter-Central RiversYengo Known None
Northern RiversArmidale Plateau Known east of Oaky River
Northern RiversCarrai Plateau Known None
Northern RiversCataract Known None
Northern RiversChaelundi Known None
Northern RiversClarence Sandstones Known None
Northern RiversCoffs Coast & Escarpment Known above 300 m altitude
Northern RiversComboyne Plateau Known None
Northern RiversDalmorton Known None
Northern RiversEbor Basalts Known None
Northern RiversMacleay Hastings Known None
Northern RiversNightcap Known east of Mt Mitchell
Northern RiversNortheast Forest Lands Known None
Northern RiversRichmond - Tweed (Qld - Scenic Rim) (Part A) Known None
Northern RiversRichmond - Tweed (Qld - Scenic Rim) (Part B) Predicted None
Northern RiversRocky River Gorge Known None
Northern RiversStanthorpe Plateau Known None
Northern RiversUpper Manning Known None
Northern RiversWalcha Plateau Known None
Northern RiversWashpool Known None
Northern RiversWoodenbong Known None