South Eastern Highlands bioregion

The South Eastern Highlands bioregion lies just inland from the coastal bioregions of the South East Corner and the Sydney Basin, bounded by the Australian Alps and South Western Slopes bioregions to the south and west.

Map showing the South Eastern Highlands bioregion

South Eastern Highlands bioregion area

  • 8,375,961 hectares in total
  • 4,945,318 hectares in NSW

The South Eastern Highlands bioregion includes most of the ACT and extends south into Victoria.

The Lachlan, Macquarie, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Shoalhaven and Snowy Rivers all flow across the bioregion.

A temperate climate dominates the region, with significant areas in the north and south at higher elevations having a montane climate with milder summers.

Soils and vegetation vary in relation to altitude, temperature and rainfall.

There are over 80 plants species listed as threatened, and over 80 animal species also listed as threatened, with a noticeable decline in the endangered regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia), although some non-endangered species are increasing substantially.

There are several national parks and reserves along with private conservation agreements in this bioregion, including Kosciuszko National Park and the Ramsar-listed Blue Lake.

Read the South Eastern Highlands bioregion chapter of 'Bioregions of New South Wales' (2003) (PDF 4.4MB) for more information.