Overview

The tablelands, slopes and floodplains of this region – with some of the most fertile soils in Australia – are home to the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater and feature many historic village sites and pastoral properties.


New England and North West region map

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  • North-West Slopes Good

Featured threatened species

Common name
Spotted Harrier

Scientific name
Circus assimilis

Status in NSW
Vulnerable

Commonwealth status
Not listed

The Spotted Harrier is a medium-sized, slender bird of prey having an owl-like facial ruff that creates the appearance of a short, broad head, and long bare yellow legs. The upperparts are blue-grey with dark barring, and the wingtips are black. The face, innerwing patch, and underparts are chestnut. The long tail is boldly banded, with a wedge-shaped tip. Juveniles are mottled and streaked ginger and brown, with prominent ginger shoulders, fawn rump and banded tail.


Climate change

Mean temperatures are projected to rise by 2.2 ÂșC by 2070. The increases are occurring across the region, with the greatest increase during summer and spring. All models show there are no declines in mean temperatures across the New England North West.


Water for the environment

Gwydir reedbeds

26,596km2

Gwydir Valley area

The largest stand of marsh club-rush sedgeland can be found in the Gwydir valley. As the Gwydir River heads west and branches into three main systems, environmental flows are used to support a range of wetland types along with the plants and animals that live, breed and feed there.

Gwydir profile

THINGS TO DO & SEE

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Budderoo National Park

Budderoo National Park, on the south coast of NSW, is known for its gorgeous waterfalls and lookouts. Photo: A.Richards

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Mount Kembla Ring track

The Mount Kembla Ring track offers significant Aboriginal sites, local heritage and stunning scenic rainforest. Photo: J.Spencer

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Kiama Post Office

The Italianate post office building, completed in 1878, was designed by then-colonial architect James Barnet. Photo: T.Boxsell

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Lady Denman

The Lady Denman is part of a museum in Huskisson, an old boat building area, dedicated to maritime heritage. Photo: T.Boxsell

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Depot Beach campground

Depot Beach campground in Murramarang National Park is right by the beach and perfect for spotting kangaroos at dusk. Photo: J.Yurasek

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Hill 60 Illowra Battery

The Hill was tunnelled and fitted with guns during World War II to protect Port Kembla. Photo: R.Nicolai

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