Naree Budjong Djara National Park
NAREE BUDJONG DJARA NATIONAL PARK
Naree Budjong Djara means ‘My Mother Earth’ to the Quandamooka people. Their relationship with the Island dates back thousands of years and their connection to land, sea, and country is still as strong today. Naree Budjong Djara National Park is jointly managed by the Quandamooka people and the Department of National Parks, Sport, and Racing (NPSR). The Island has a diverse range of habitats including mangroves, wetlands, endangered heathlands, freshwater lakes, rainforests, old-growth forests, and woodlands. These are home to threatened species including the Cooloola sedge frog (Litoria cooloolensis) and the black-necked stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus), the endangered swift parrot (Lathamus discolor) and little tern (Sternula albifrons), as well as a genetically distinct population of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). In addition, the Island’s wetlands, foreshore swamps, and interconnecting land are listed as part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar site, acknowledging the rich biodiversity of the area and the role it plays in providing a habitat for vulnerable, endangered, and near-threatened species.
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