Protected area locations

Narloo, Western Australia | Nick Rains

National Reserve System locations

National Reserve System locations
Source: CAPAD 2012 National Reserve System map

Over 15 per cent of Australia's landmass is protected in the National Reserve System and is made up of over 10,400 protected areas. In all, the National Reserve System covers an area bigger than South Australia.

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Terrestrial Protected Areas in Australia by IUCN Management Category
IUCN Category Number Area (ha) Average size (ha) % of Australia Contribution to NRS
IA 2,657 16,208,079 6,100 2.11% 13.65%
IB 70 3,553,431 50,763 0.46% 2.99%
II 1,167 39,955,060 34,237 5.20% 33.65%
III 2,373 1,075,186 453 0.14% 0.91%
IV 2,592 3,472,615 1,339 0.45% 2.92%
I-IV Total 8,859 64,264,371 7,254 8.36% 54.12%
V 357 1,199,725 3,360 0.16% 1.01%
VI 1,231 53,290,168.3370 43,290 6.93% 44.87%
V-VI Total 1,588 54,489,893.1755 34,313 7.09% 45.88%
TOTAL 10,447 118,754,264.3476 11,367 15.45% 100.00%
Australia 768,826,956