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    NPAQ acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Queensland National Park Estate and strongly supports co-stewardship with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

Cling Gobies

Among the most stunning of fish in the streams of tropical Queensland are the cling gobies. The males of these species are brightly coloured for weeks to months each year. These high-end dress standards are most notable in male versus male contests and serve to attract mates during the breeding season. About ten species have […]

Ranger Profile – Rene Burgess

Rene Burgess is Acting Ranger in Charge of Marine Operations in the Great Barrier Reef and Marine Parks Region, based on the Sunshine and Fraser Coast. Why did you decide to become a ranger? There was no decision-making involved, it was just inevitable. A deep-seated fascination (bordering on obsession, I am told) about the natural […]

From the President – Spring 2020

Welcome to the Spring edition of Protected and wishing you all safety and good health in these uncertain times. In this edition you will find articles about the upcoming election, threatened species recovery, nature-based recovery, a ranger spotlight, and more. The article about the election prepared by Larissa Cordner is timely given the State will […]

Think Outside and Discover Queensland National Parks!

Following months of park closures and restrictions across the state, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) is inviting Queenslanders of all ages and fitness levels to get back outdoors and explore their ‘own backyard’ of national park treasures. In June, a new phase of the Think outside campaign was launched, promoting day and overnight […]

National Park Experience – Spring 2020

Congratulations to the National Parks Association of Queensland on celebrating its 90th anniversary! I was essentially born into NPAQ just short of 50 years ago. Day walks, regular weekend camping trips and yearly extended outings were the only holidays I had ever known growing up. There were many early morning starts where my sister and […]

From our Patron

Message from the Governor of Queensland Ninety years ago, Queensland’s fourteenth Governor, Sir John Goodwin, accepted the invitation from the National Parks Association of Queensland to become its inaugural Patron. As the current Governor, I have been very pleased to continue the tradition of vice-regal patronage of this great Queensland organisation. Sir John’s support was […]

Shutdown: A Break for Nature

Queenslanders have long enjoyed exploring our many and varied national parks and state forests. Australians from other states typically migrate to Queensland during the winter months and popularity has surged in the last decade. However, many have had their trips cut short or cancelled from March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of […]

Fire Management a Top Priority for QPWS Rangers

A QPWS ranger applying fire for a planned burn in Crows Nest National Park. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages more than 13 million hectares of parks and forests (around 7.5% of Queensland), making it the largest land manager in the state. Maintaining the diverse natural, cultural, social and economic values of parks […]

Ranger Profile – Don Rowland

Don Rowlands, a Ranger In Charge and descendent of the Watti Watti family and the Wangkangurru Yarluyandi elder in Central West Queensland Region, is based in Munga-Thirri National Park, also known as the Simpson Desert. After some time working in the cattle industry, it was time for a change. Don has a passion for looking […]

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