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Charles Darwin Reserve

Like many of the reserves in Australia’s private reserve network, Darwin is a former sheep station turned reclaimed woodland and wildflower plains.

The 68,600-hectare reserve sits primarily within the Southwest Botanical Province, the continent’s only internationally recognized biodiversity hotspot. Plant diversity here is unlike anything else in Australia, providing habitat for more than 230 species of reptiles, birds, invertebrates, mammals, and amphibians.

Definitely one of the most species rich places in the entire country, the Charles Darwin Reserve is sure to please fieldherpers, birders, mammal watchers, orchid lovers and botanists. As with several of the other reserves on the list, camping is permitted at Darwin from June 1 to September 30 with prior arrangement through the Bush Heritage website.