Treasure Hunting in the NAR: A landscape that sparkles

Doug Joyce collecting eucalyptus specimens for identification on his property.

Next door to the gigantic 44,324 hectare Watheroo National Park, sits Eagle Hill property – one of the NACC NRM region’s hidden treasures.

Eagle Hill is managed by Doug Joyce – a local legend who has worked on many natural resource management (NRM) projects, including many with NACC, over recent years.

In 2017, with assistance from NACC’s Habitat Fencing Incentive scheme, Doug fenced-off another 10 hectares of bushland, Meaning he has now protected nearly all remnant vegetation on the property.

NACC NRM Officer Heather Legge said “There are very few places in the region where you can look to the horizon and see pristine nature as far as the eye can see. Watheroo National Park is a rare example of where you can do just that.”

“Land managers whose properties neighbour nature reserves can manage their own natural resources in a way that can also help conserve our region’s reserve systems,” said Heather. “Doug is a good example of that. When land managers like Doug get on board and undertake aligned conservation activities on their farms, it increases the impact of the reserves even further,” she said.

“It is very encouraging to see such enthusiasm for land conservation projects that enhance and protect our natural treasures.”


For more information about this project, please visit NACC’s Habitat Fencing Incentive project webpage, or contact your local NACC NRM Officer.

This project was proudly supported by Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.



The Watheroo National Park contains a variety of different plant communities. Amongst them are superb examples of Kwongan, one of the most diverse plant communities in the world. For more information, read the full article>

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