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South Western Slopes Bioregion

The NSW South Western Slopes Bioregion is an extensive area of foothills and isolated ranges comprising the lower inland slopes of the Great Dividing Range extending from north of Cowra through southern NSW into western Victoria with an area of 8,657,426 hectares. About 8,070,608 hectares or 93.22 per cent of this bioregion occurs in NSW, with the remainder in Vic. (IBRA 5.1). The NSW portion of the bioregion occupies about 10.1 per cent of the state.

The bioregion is bounded by 6 other bioregions: the Riverina and Cobar Peneplain bioregions to the west, Darling Riverine Plains and Brigalow Belt South bioregions to the north, Sydney Basin to the northeast and the South Eastern Highlands Bioregion running along much of the eastern boundary.

The bioregion extends from Albury in the south to Dunedoo in the northeast. Towns located in the bioregion include Wagga Wagga, Mudgee, Cootamundra, Narrandera, Parkes, Gundagai and Young. Griffith lies just outside the western boundary and Crookwell lies just outside the eastern boundary of the bioregion.

The bioregion includes parts of the Murray, Murrumbidgee, Lachlan and Macquarie River catchments.

South Western Slopes - climate
See average climate figures for the bioregion.

South Western Slopes - landform
Get topography, geology, geomorphology, geodiversity and soil information.

South Western Slopes - biodiversity
Find out about plant communities, flora, fauna and wetlands in the bioregion.

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

South Western Slopes - 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.

South Western Slopes - subregions
Get basic information about the finer-scale subregions that make up this bioregion.

South Western Slopes - references
See a list of publications and websites which can provide more information about this bioregion.

South Western Slopes - 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