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 Very 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 ºC 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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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages

Explore the walking tracks, beaches and Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages in Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: J.Spencer

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The Bogey Hole

Convict-built ocean baths hewn out of a rock face for the personal use of Major James Morisset in 1819. Photo: Newcastle Tourism

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Glenrock mountain biking trails

Spend the day riding your mountain bike on the trails in Glenrock State Conservation Area near Newcastle. Photo: S.Sursok

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Aeroplane Hill walking track

Aeroplane Hill walking track has wildlife and wetlands in the sub-alpine region of Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: J.Spencer

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Coal River Precinct

The site of convict coalmines and Newcastle's maritime signalling station during the 1800s. Photo: S.Watters

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Maitland Correctional Centre

Serve some time discovering the Maitland Gaol, hear stories of prisoners and daring escapes. Photo: Maitland City Council

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