Image Courtesy of John Spencer, OEH (Sturt NP)

Sturt National Park

Our first land acquisition

  • YEAR: 2019
  • STATE: New South Wales
  • FOCUS AREAS: Growing Parks/SDG 15: Life on Land

In July 1970 FNPW, then known as the New South Wales Parks & Wildlife Foundation, announced its first major project.

The financing of acquisition of land for a National Park in the far north-west corner of New South Wales. Details of the proposal were made known by the Chairman of the Foundation (Mr. F.S. Buckley). The Foundation provided $50,000 for the purchase by the National Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Mount King Station, which comprises 83,500 acres of what is now Sturt National Park

FNPW support

This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.

Project overview

The FNPW’s Land Acquisition Program provides a living legacy by transferring privately owned land with high conservation values into public ownership for ongoing management. In its 50+ year history the FNPW has acquired over half a million hectares of land for the national reserve system. These acquisitions are the result of direct bequest, land donation or purchase from fundraising efforts.

The FNPW’s Land Acquisition Program conserves land in between our parks and reserves to ensure adequate connectivity across the landscape. Private properties with high conservation land and agreements create these connections. In 2012 FNPW expanded this program to reach even more private conservationists to see more than 70 properties across New South Wales benefit from the program. This program started in 2008 as a partnership with the Paddy Pallin Foundation, Diversicon Environmental Foundation, Wildlife Land Trust, NSW Nature Conservation Trust and the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage’s Conservation Partners Program.

In 2010 FNPW was entrusted with over $5 million to purchase Heritage Estates on the south coast of New South Wales. Heritage Estates is 180 hectare paper subdivision of 1,200 lots. The rural zoning, which has been in place since 1964, prevents the lots from being developed. In conjunction with partners NSW NPWS and the Australian Government, FNPW purchased over 530 lots within Heritage Estates for inclusion into Jervis Bay National Park for permanent protection.

Image Courtesy of John Spencer, OEH (Sturt NP)


FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

Image Courtesy of John Spencer, OEH (Sturt NP)


A land donation is one of the greatest gifts you can give to support Australian conservation. Your land could become part of a national park and as a lasting legacy for generations to come.


Image Courtesy of John Spencer, OEH (Sturt NP)


Give now to protect endangered native animals and secure the habitats they depend on through the purchase of high conservation value areas near national parks.

Some of the Parks we Have Helped Grow


Year Park Name State
1970 Sturt National Park NSW
1979 Mungo National Park NSW
1979 Coturaundee Nature Reserve
(renamed Mutawintji Nature Reserve)
1979 Mutawintji National Park NSW
1983 Maroota Historic Site NSW
2005 Dural National Park NSW
2006 Washpool National Park NSW
2007 Abercrombie River National Park NSW

Blue Mountains National Park NSW
Bouddi National Park NSW
2007 Tinderry Nature Reserve NSW
Cathedral Rock National Park NSW
2008 Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve NSW
2008 Coneac Nature Reserve NSW
Crowdy Bay National Park NSW
2010 Curracabundi National Park NSW
Davis Scrub Nature Reserve NSW
2010 Oxley Wild Rivers National Park NSW
Egan Peaks Nature Reserve NSW
2010 Wiarborough Nature Reserve NSW
Jervis Bay National Park NSW
2010 Yellomundee Regional Park NSW
2011 Kosciuszko National Park NSW
Lachlan Valley State Conservation Area
(Hunthawang Precinct)
Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve NSW
Morton National Park NSW
2011 Yarrahapinni Wetlands National Park NSW
Myall Lakes National Park NSW
Nombinnie Nature Reserve NSW
2012 Royal National Park NSW
Warrabah National Park NSW
Willandra National Park NSW
Yathong Nature Reserve NSW
Yerranderie Regional Park NSW
Yuraygir National Park NSW
2014 Daintree National Park QLD
Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area SA
2015 Carpenter Rocks Conservation Park SA
Ediacara Conservation Reserve SA
Gawler Ranges National Park SA
Little Dip Conservation Park SA
Thidna Conservation Park SA
2018 Woomargama National Park NSW
2019 Nilpena Station SA




Related Projects

Nilpena Ediacara National Park

FNPW in partnership with the South Australian Government and the Flinders Ranges Ediacara Foundation were able to purchase 60,000 hectares of Nilpena Station to become part of the Ediacara Conservation Park to conserve its globally significant fossils.

Woomargama National Park

Woomargama National Park in southern NSW is now 229 hectares larger, thanks to the generosity of supporters of national conservation charity the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW).