The Foundation's Contribution to National Parks
Through purchase, bequest or donation, we acquire suitable land to create and extend national parks and wilderness areas, so that more of Australia’s wild lands will remain intact.
Since the Foundation was established in 1970, your donations have helped protect over 500,000 hectares of Australia’s most treasured wild places.
However, only 13% of land in Australia is currently protected. We need to make that at least 20% to sustain our country’s future.
- Plants, animals and other life forms in any given ecosystem have adapted to living together over thousands of years. Each species plays a role in its ecosystem, and the loss of a seemingly unimportant creature could affect the entire system in ways that people cannot predict.
- Biodiversity is nature's insurance policy. Ecosystems that contain a variety of life forms tend to recover from stresses like natural disasters, human disturbance, or invasive species more easily than less diverse ecosystems.
- Healthy, diverse ecosystems provide the oxygen we breathe, insects that pollinate our food crops, and species that could hold clues for medicine.
- Natural places offer respite from the stress of urban life.
- It is our responsibility to protect the amazing diversity of life for the benefit of future generations.
Land acquisitions for the National Reserve System made by the Foundation - click to read more.
Navigate through the states on the left-hand menu to find particular National Parks and projects that the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife has funded in National Parks.
Who manages national parks and nature reserves?
National parks across Australia are not just managed by one administrative body. Each state manages their own protected areas, and there are also protected areas managed by the Commonwealth and by the Australian federal government.
- Australian Commonwealth
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
Find out more about the protected areas of Australia at the federal government's Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities website.