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Garima Conservation Reserve - Currumbin Valley


Located in Currumbin Valley, this 27.5 hectare property is home to many native plants and animals and is essential habitat for Koalas and home to 13 threatened flora species.

The word Garima means ‘respect’ or ‘to take care of’ in Yugambeh language. The Yugambeh language people are the traditional custodians of the land located in south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales

Lush dense green subtropical rainforest and traditional Australian bushland combine to offer a palette of greens, amid earthy browns and crystal-clear creeks that cascade over rocks into deep pools throughout the site.

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Our Story So Far

The previous owner of this property assisted in the recovery of the land’s natural ecosystems and endemic vegetation, before transferring custodianship of the property to National Trust Queensland.

Like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary that has been transformed into a not-for-profit business that showcases the very best of nature to visitors and locals after being gifted to National Trust Queensland in 1976 by founder Dr Alex Griffiths, the Trust is committed to the preserving the rainforest, sharing it with the community and protecting it for future generations to enjoy.

Work To Be Done

Rejuvenation of the land and ‘Breed to Release Threatened Species Conservation’ projects have commenced including a new Eastern Bristlebird breeding facility. National Trust Queensland has plans to increase conservation programs at Garima Conservation Reserve in the future.

A detailed Vegetation Mapping Survey and Management plan has been undertaken on the site and National Trust Queensland is establishing projects that include the removal of weed species, revegetating habitat, creating of nest boxes, undertaking pest control, erosion management and the installation of a seed collection and propagation facility on site.

Funding from the Australian Federal Government’s Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program will go towards the on-ground activities and will assist with sustaining and recovering populations of at least two fauna and one flora species (Rufous Scrub-bird, Koala & Scrub Turpentine).

Indigenous tours, bush walking, volunteer programs and educational opportunities are also being considered for the property moving forward.

Maintaining the beauty, diversity and ecological importance of this property and preventing species from becoming extinct in the modern world is our key focus as we continue to protect, conserve, and celebrate Queensland’s environmental, built and cultural heritage.

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