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Australia's first laws to protect scenic and wildlife areas were passed in Tasmania in 1863. 16 years after this the Royal National Park was established just south of Sydney. This was to be Australia's first National Park and  the second one in the world!

Currently 5.3 percent of Australia is classified as a National park, Conservation Park, Reserve or Refuge.  More than 40 million hectares (99 million acres) of protected land is included in approximately 3200 Parks. Above this 38 million hectares (94 million acres) is set aside in 228 marine and estuarine areas.

Our Island, although small, hosts 26 of these Parks, preservation areas and aquatic reserves . The majority of these are easily accessed by the public, but access varies within the parks themselves.

Most of the parks have good walking tracks and picnic spots. A number of these allow camping in designated areas. Where camping is not allowed, suitable camping grounds or accommodation can usually be found nearby.

Here visitors and locals enjoy bushwalking, botanical pursuits, and the enjoyment of close contact with the Island's plentiful birds, mammals, and reptiles.

The Parks, Reserves and Protection areas are listed below. Underlines indicate further information about these areas.

National Parks:

Flinders Chase
Conservation Parks:

Beatrice Islet
Busby Islet
Cape Hart
Cape Gantheaume
Kelly Hill
Mt Taylor
Nepean Bay
Pelican Lagoon
Seal Bay
Vivonne Bay
Wilderness Protection Areas:

Cape Bouguer
Cape Gantheaume
Cape Torrens
Ravine de Casoars
Western River
Aquatic Reserves:

American River
Seal Bay
Private Fauna Parks:

Paul's Place
Parndana Wildlife Park

Remember the pristine environment is fragile, please TAKE only photographs and LEAVE only footprints.

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