Collier Range National Park

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Collier Range National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
Collier Range National Park is located in Western Australia
Collier Range National Park
Collier Range National Park
Nearest town or city Newman
Coordinates 24°37′25″S 119°16′19″E / 24.62361°S 119.27194°E / -24.62361; 119.27194Coordinates: 24°37′25″S 119°16′19″E / 24.62361°S 119.27194°E / -24.62361; 119.27194
Established 1978
Area 2,351.62 km2 (908.0 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Parks and Wildlife
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

Collier Range National Park is a national park in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 878 km (546 mi) northeast of Perth.

The nearest major town to the park is Newman located about 166 km (103 mi) north near Kumarina.[2] The park is one of many in the Pilbara and was established in 1978. [3]

The ranges vary from low hills to high ridges with many cliffs. The vegetation found in the area is mostly spinifex and mulga with creeklines being surrounded by eucalypts. Mulga scrub and mulla mulla are found in dense scrubland in the northeastern plains with spinifex and sand dunes being found in the western end.[4]

The park is the home of the threatened Pilbara Pebble-Mound Mouse Pseudomys chapmani which is also found in the Millstream-Chichester National Park and the Karlamilyi National Park.[5]

The mulga habitat is a refuge for the critical weight range mammals such as Macrotis lagotis (greater bilby), Dasycercus cristicauda (mulgara) and dasyurids.

The standard of management in the park is poor and is only visited occasionally by Department of Parks and Wildlife staff from Karratha. The park is baited for wild dogs but suffers damage from feral donkeys and wandering cattle. No fire management is in practice and weed problems are unknown.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report". Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010: 48. ISSN 1835-114X. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "RAC Travel- National Park Camping Areas". 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rundle Range National Park". 2002. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cape Range Area (Place ID 10830)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Department of Environment - Action Plan for Australian Rodents". 1995. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Gascoyne Subregion Biodiversity values" (PDF). 2001. Retrieved 28 September 2010.