Natural Areas and Reserves

Over the past 150 years the Greater Geraldton landscape has been modified by European agriculture to the point that there is less than 15% of pre-European vegetation remaining. There are 65 conservation reserves in the Midwest region managed by the City. The most significant remaining areas are in the Chapman and Greenough River catchments that are important areas of wildlife habitat. The Moresby ranges are also an important land form and natural resource of the region.  They are under consideration for management for conservation and community recreation.

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Managing Natural Areas and Reserves

The City takes part in regional natural resource management (NRM) activities and is well positioned to promote NRM integration by providing local expertise and facilitating on-ground actions. The City is also a significant land manager in its own right and manages its lands within an NRM framework. Local planning laws are integral to sustainable NRM.

The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council has developed a regional natural resource management strategy.  More here

City of Greater Geraldton NARvis profile

Firewood Collection

Firewood collection from nature reserves, Crown land and National Parks is not allowed. Please source your firewood from an approved supplier.


Types of Natural Areas and Reserves

Conservation reserves are areas of Crown land set aside for the protection and conservation of biodiversity and/or natural or cultural heritage values. There are three main types of conservation reserve in WA – nature reserves, national parks, and conservation parks.

Nature reserves are established for wildlife and landscape conservation, scientific study and preservation of features of archaeological, historic or scientific interest. Recreation that does not harm natural ecosystems is allowed, but other activities are usually not permitted.

National parks are also established for wildlife and landscape conservation, scientific study, preservation of features of archaeological, historic or scientific interest, but are also able to be used for enjoyment by the public. They have national or international significance for scenic, biological or cultural values.

Conservation parks have the same purpose as national parks but do not have the same national or international significance (though they have significant local or regional value for conservation and recreation). Land is usually reserved as a conservation reserve rather than nature reserve or national park when there is a potential competing land use.

Chapman River Regional Park

The Chapman River Estuary Reserve, part of the Chapman River Regional Park, is a very popular recreation spot with people walking and cycling along the river trail, bird watching, picnicking and fishing off the river banks. It is also a place of cultural significance to many Aboriginal people and is the site of a federally listed Threatened Ecological Community. It is also home to migratory shore birds, turtles, other wildlife whose habitat needs to be maintained and protected.

Read the Chapman River Estuary Reserve Action Plan 2022-2025 here

More information in the Regional Park coming soon.

Greenough River Conservation Area

More information coming soon.

Mullewa Bushland Reserves

More information coming soon.


More information coming soon.