Our region, covering 1300 square kilometres, has a large number of threatened and endangered species of both flora and fauna, with human population increases putting further pressures on our environment. Our work is vital to protect what is left.
Mt Warning is the central core of the largest extinct shield volcano in the Southern Hemisphere and together with the ranges forming a ring around it, is the largest erosion caldera in the world.
For most of the year, Mt Warning is the first place on Australia’s mainland to be touched by the rays of sunlight each morning. The local Aboriginal community named the mountain Wollumbin, meaning Cloud Catcher, as it is often shrouded in cloud.
The Tweed has a very pleasant subtropical climate, warm all year round with a very high rainfall. Rain falling in the ranges forms a myriad of cool rainforest creeks. Tumbling over boulders and waterfalls, it slowly gathers strength, its tributaries forming the mighty Tweed River which flows east through the town of Murwillumbah and then slowly meanders through a sea of sugarcane before emptying into the Pacific Ocean, at Tweed Heads.
The area is home to three World Heritage listed national parks – Mount Warning, Nightcap, and Border Ranges National Parks, as well as two World Heritage-listed Reserves.
Our area boasts a richly diverse ecology of both flora and fauna, the highest biodiversity in NSW. Nightcap National Park, on the southern rim of the Mt Warning volcanic caldera, contains the most ecologically-complex and best developed subtropical rainforest in New South Wales.