Wallis Lake Reserves Plan of Management

Incorporating Wallis Island, Regatta Island, Coolongolook, Mills Island, Yahoo Island, Bandicoot Island, Flat Island and Durands Island Nature Reserves

The Wallis Lake reserves are located on or adjoining the Wallis Lake estuary on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. The urban centres of Forster and Tuncurry are located approximately one kilometre north-east of Wallis Island Nature Reserve.

9 September 2019
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Publication, Plan of management, Final
  • ISBN 978-1-922317-03-2
  • ID EES20190488
  • File PDF 1.5MB
  • Pages 38
  • Name wallis-lake-reserves-plan-of-management-190488.pdf

Wallis Island Nature Reserve was originally reserved in 1983 covering 133 hectares. There have since been two additions to the reserve, one in December 1997 of 340 hectares and the other in December 2005 of 111 hectares. A large proportion of Wallis Island is reserved, although there are sections of privately owned land in the north-east and south. The private land in the island’s north includes an airstrip which is occasionally used by small aircraft. There are also some parcels of Crown land remaining in the north-east of Wallis Island, which are interspersed between private lands.

The whole of Regatta, Mills, Yahoo, Bandicoot, Flat and Durands islands are reserved as nature reserves. Coolongolook Nature Reserve is the only reserve within this group that is not an island. It borders the southern side of the Coolongolook River at its junction with the Wang Wauk River. It also borders privately owned land to the south and east and is close to Bachelor State Forest.

The reserves are located in the administrative areas of the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council, Hunter Local Land Services and MidCoast Council.