The Bioregions of New South Wales

Their biodiversity, conservation and history

This document provides a series of textual snapshots of the conservation, character and significance of the bioregions of New South Wales. Each chapter presents information on a variety of characteristics of the bioregion, including both physical descriptions and its conservation status.

1 January 2003
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
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This report provides a basis for establishing conservation priorities by offering guidance to conservation planners on setting such priorities at a coarse, bioregional scale. The information collated includes the physical attributes of the landscape and the human links to the environment, as well as the biodiversity and conservation values of each bioregion.

The document offers a description of the unique character of each of the bioregions and shows how important it is to understand the significance of biogeographic regions (bioregions) in conservation planning. In doing this, we hope to provide a greater understanding of how we describe conservation values and of the challenges ahead for conservation and land management.

This publication was originally published in 2003.

This publication is based on Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA) v5.1. Subsequent IBRA versions include boundary changes which may impact on geographical descriptions, maps and any statistics provided. However, the area statistics have been updated for IBRA v7 and were sourced from the Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD) 2018.

South East Queensland bioregion has now been extended into NSW, replacing part of NSW North Coast bioregion. No chapter on South East Queensland is presented here, as the boundary adjustment occurred after this document was published.