About Naree Budjong Djara
Minjerribah has a rich cultural heritage, outstanding conservation values, and is a favourite getaway for couples, families and adventure seekers alike. Currently about 50 per cent of the island is protected as Naree Budjong Djara National Park.
Naree Budjong Djara means ‘My Mother Earth’ to the island’s Traditional Owners—the Quandamooka people. Their relationship with the island dates back thousands of years and their connection to land, sea and country is still as strong today. Naree Budjong Djara National Park has been jointly managed by the Quandamooka people and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) since 2011.
Naree Budjong Djara National Park features places of incredible conservation value and a variety of special habitats, including endangered heathlands, freshwater lakes and woodlands. These habitats are home to threatened animal species including the Cooloola sedgefrog Litoria cooloolensis and the black-necked stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus and the endangered swift parrot Lathamus discolor.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of Naree Budjong Djara National Park.
When visiting Minjerribah, especially Naree Budjong Djara National Park, ensure that you minimise your impact on its sensitive and fragile environments, to help conserve this special place which the Quandamooka people have cared for over thousands of years.
- Please take your rubbish away—littering in the national park and other areas is prohibited.
- Respect the wildlife—help maintain this natural environment, enjoyed by day visitors as a quiet haven away from the bustle of the mainland.
- Dogs are not permitted in the national park—their scent and droppings disturb the natural habits of the native fauna.
- Swimming and the use of sunscreen can pollute lakes and lagoons causing an increase in the nutrient balance, resulting in a threat to its wildlife.
- Stay on walking tracks at all times—shortcutting damages vegetation and causes erosion.
- Take only photographs, leave only footprints—everything in the national park is protected.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting the environment and heritage in parks.
To help conserve Minjerribah’s cultural heritage and natural biodiversity the national park on the island was expanded significantly in 2011 and dedicated as Naree Budjong Djara National Park—which includes the area previously known as Blue Lake National Park.
Naree Budjong Djara National Park is jointly managed by the Quandamooka people through the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Environment and Science. The Traditional Owners and departmental officers work together to develop visitor management policies and operational procedures for the national park including fire (jarlo) and pest management to protect the island’s biodiversity and rich cultural heritage for future generations.
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The natural, cultural and historical significance of Naree Budjong Djara
The Minjerribah Protected Area Expansion Strategy outlines the proposed staged expansion of national park and other protected areas on Minjerribah by the island's traditional owners, the Quandamooka People, and the Queensland Government.
The Naree Budjong Djara Management Plan sets out the Joint Management of designated protected areas as Indigenous Joint Management Areas (IJMAs), managed in accordance with an Indigenous Management Agreement (IMA) and other agreements between the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and the State of Queensland.
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