Bon Bon Reserve

Bon Bon Reserve is a 2,164-square-kilometre (836-square-mile) private protected area located in the Australian state of South Australia, west of the town of Roxby Downs in the Woomera Prohibited Area.[2] It is owned and managed by Bush Heritage Australia (BHA). It forms an important link of protected land between Yellabinna Regional Reserve and Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park.

Bon Bon Reserve
South Australia
IUCN category II (national park)[1]
Bon Bon Reserve
Nearest town or cityRoxby Downs
Coordinates30.5286°S 135.5265°E / -30.5286; 135.5265
Area2,164.53 km2 (835.7 sq mi)[1]
Managing authoritiesBush Heritage Australia
WebsiteBon Bon Reserve
See alsoProtected areas of South Australia


Bon Bon Reserve was a sheep station for 150 years before being purchased by BHA in 2008 with assistance from the Australian and South Australian governments.[3] The station ran an average of approximately 15,000 head of sheep between 1970 and 1989 with flocks exceeding 23,000 at times prior to this.[4] The owner of Bon Bon Station, Grazier Paul Blight, sold the property to Bush Heritage Australia in 2008 for A$4 million with the state and federal governments sharing in the cost. Blight had kept stock numbers low to give the vegetation a chance to regenerate and wanted the property to continue to be managed in an environmentally sensitive manner.[5]

The land occupying the extent of the Bon Bon reserve was gazetted by the Government of South Australia as a locality in April 2013 under the name 'Bon Bon'.[6]

Landscape and vegetation

Bon Bon Reserve is characterised by arid-zone woodlands, mulga shrublands, bluebush plains and salt lakes. At the heart of the property is Lake Puckridge, a large (8 km by 4 km), ephemeral freshwater wetland that only fills, on average, every ten years, when it becomes an important site for many waders and waterbirds. The property also contains stands of Sandalwood.[3]


Threatened animal species either known or thought likely to be present on Bon Bon Reserve include plains-wanderer, Major Mitchell's cockatoo, chestnut-breasted whiteface, thick-billed grasswren and southern hairy-nosed wombat.[3]

Protected area status

Bon Bon Reserve has protected area status within the Australian National Reserve System due to the property being subject to a conservation covenant where BHA has agreed to it being "reserved in perpetuity.’’[1][7] Bon Bon Reserve is classified as an IUCN Category II protected area.[1]

See also


  1. "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2014. Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. "Bon Bon Reserve". World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), a joint project of IUCN and UNEP. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  3. Bon Bon Reserve
  4. "Bob Bon Heritage Reserve South Australia" (PDF). Hawke Review of the Woomera Protected Area. Defence Department. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  5. Greg Roberts (9 August 2008). "Keeping hands off our lands". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  6. "Search result for "Bon Bon (LOCB)" (Record no SA0067023) with the following layers selected - "Suburbs and Localities" and " Place names (gazetteer)"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  7. "Standards for inclusion in the National Reserve System" (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 2. Retrieved 24 September 2015.

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