Overview

The coastal, alpine, tableland and slopes landscapes of the south-eastern corner of NSW nurtures unique biodiversity hotspots that are also significant cultural landscapes for Aboriginal people.
South East and Tablelands region map

Featured threatened species

Common name
Scarlet Robin

Scientific name
Petroica boodang

Status in NSW
Vulnerable

Commonwealth status
Not listed

The Scarlet Robin is a small Australian robin that reaches 13 cm in length. The male has a black head and upperparts, with a conspicuous white forehead patch, white wing stripes and white tail-edges. The male has a bright scarlet-red chest and a white belly. The female is pale brown, darker above, and has a dull reddish breast and whitish throat. The whitish mark on the female’s forehead is smaller than the male’s.

Climate change

Mean temperatures are projected to rise by 2 ºC by 2070. The greatest increases are seen in the north and west of the region during summer and spring. All models show there are no declines in mean temperatures across the South East and Tablelands.


Water for the environment

Children playing by the Murray River

98,300km2

Murray and Lower Darling valleys area

The management of environmental water in the Murray and Lower Darling valleys is critical to the ongoing health of a diverse range of ecological communities which include the world’s largest stand of River Red Gum and a 1700km stretch of Australia’s longest river.

Murray and Lower Darling valleys profile

Tala Lake, Murrumbidgee

81,527km2

Murrumbidgee valley area

In the Murrumbidgee valley, environmental flows support a range of wetland communities, providing habitat and breeding opportunities for flora and fauna as well as refuge during times of natural flow variation.

Murrumbidgee profile

THINGS TO DO & SEE

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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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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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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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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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