Limpinwood Nature Reserve

The Limpinwood Nature Reserve is a protected nature reserve that is located on the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The reserve was gazetted in April 1963 with additions made in 1967, over former fauna and crown reserves, and further additions were made in 1988 to make the reserve to its current area of 2,646 hectares (6,540 acres). The reserve is situated north-west of the rural locality of Limpinwood, and north of Tyalgum and defines part of the state border between New South Wales and Queensland.

Limpinwood Nature Reserve
New South Wales
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Limpinwood Nature Reserve
Nearest town or cityLimpinwood
Coordinates28°17′56″S 153°10′26″E
EstablishedApril 1963 (1963-04)[1]
Area26.46 km2 (10.2 sq mi)[1]
Managing authoritiesNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteLimpinwood Nature Reserve
See alsoProtected areas of
New South Wales

The reserve is part of the Shield Volcano group of the UNESCO World Heritagelisted Gondwana Rainforests of Australia inscribed in 1986 and added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2007.[2][3][4] It is also part of the Scenic Rim Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance in the conservation of several species of threatened birds.[5]


Its vegetation is primarily sub-tropical rain forest with some wet sclerophyll forest.

Two watercourses named Hidden and Finches Creeks flow to the east out of the reserve. It was dedicated as a Flora Reserve in 1963. Flora Reserve is the highest protected status for forest areas in the Australian National Parks system. Prior to 1963 the area was classified as a Forest Reserve. The fringes of the reserve were logged for red cedar, hoop pine and white beech. Bullock teams were used to drag out the logs. The reserve is composed of virgin old growth sub-tropical rain forest and hardwood species - flooded gum, tallowwood, ironbark and white mahogany.

The reserve has no formed walking tracks. It has no public access except through Lamington National Park in Queensland. On the New South Wales side of the border it is bounded by private landholdings. It includes an area of escarpment rising to over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level that forms part of the state border. It is intended to be a place where the flora and fauna are free from interference from humans, domestic animals and feral pests.

See also


  1. "Limpinwood Nature Reserve: Park management". Office of Environment and Heritage. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. "Limpinwood Nature Reserve: World Heritage". Office of Environment and Heritage. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. Adam, Paul. New South Wales Rainforests. The Nomination for the World Heritage List. p. 67. ISBN 0-7305-2075-7.
  4. "Gondwana Rainforests of Australia". World Heritage List. UNESCO. Retrieved 9 June 2008.
  5. "Scenic Rim". Important Bird Areas factsheet. BirdLife International. 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.

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