Currawinya Lakes

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Currawinya Lakes

  • Country: 
    Australia
  • Site number: 
    791
  • Area: 
    151,300 ha
  • Designation date: 
    11-03-1996
  • Coordinates: 
    28°48'S 144°33'E
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Overview

Currawinya Lakes Ramsar Site has some of the most diverse wetland types in inland Australia, including largely unmodified permanent and intermittent saline and freshwater wetlands. They include the Great Artesian Basin springs, one of the largest artesian groundwater basins in the world. Numerous plant communities are found within Currawinya Lakes and due to the range of wetland habitats present, there is an array of native fauna and particularly an abundance and diversity of waterbird species. The water bodies support large number of breeding birds and provide a refuge habitat in drought conditions for birds, amphibians, reptiles and native fish. The Site is highly significant to local indigenous communities for its archaeological, traditional and contemporary values. There are stone arrangements, native wells , scarred trees (trees with bark removed for canoes and shields), stone artefacts and burial grounds dating back some 400 years. Present use of the area is limited by its remote location. A number of nature-based, low-impact recreational activities take place, including nature walks and drives, wildlife watching, camping, canoeing and fishing.

Administrative region: 
Queensland

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
  • Last publication date: 
    01-01-2014

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