The Tarriwa Kurrukun Indigenous Protected Area covers 930 hectares of wetlands and stringy bark forest, home to an amazing diversity of plants and animals.
More than 500 different plant species are found on the property and the diversity of plants is matched by a diversity of animals. Birds making a home at Tarriwa Kurrukun include glossy black and red-tailed black cockatoos, swift and regent parrots. The endangered spotted-tailed quoll and vulnerable brush-tailed phascogale and eastern pygmy possum are found here as are reptiles including the vulnerable paleheaded snake and stephen’s banded snake.
Tarriwa Kurrukun means ‘strong one’ in the Banbai Nation language, the traditional owners of this country. The Banbai’s ongoing connection to Tarriwa Kurrukun dates back thousands of years. The central ridgelines of the property contain a number of scarred trees and isolated artefacts.
Occupation sites have been found along Limestone and Moredun creeks on the property. Material recorded in this area shows evidence of stone tool manufacture from a range of raw materials. There is also evidence of heat treatment of stones to create tools.
After European occupation the site was used for a variety of purposes including some mining activity and wood cutting.