The Ulcanbah Nature Refuge is on Ulcanbah Station.
It’s right on the top of the Great Dividing Range. We join three watersheds…so the Lake Buchanan watershed, the Lake Air Basin, and the Belyando into the Burdekin.
The nature refuge is approximately 3000 hectares.
Our family has been on Ulcanbah since the beginning of 1947, so 74 years.
The area that was put under the nature refuge arrangement in 2018 is at the very top of the range.
It’s on the junction of the Desert Channels and the Belyando, and is not very far north to where the Flinders Basin starts, so it's a linkage between all those three.
The amount of vegetation there is very diverse. We've got spinifex grasses to some feathertop, wiregrass, native millet, desert bluegrass…all grow up through there.
There’s wattle, there’s ironbark, there’s lancewood heather…all different kinds of wattles and ferns when it gets wet.
Our nature retreat started in 2018, and we wanted to manage our property better and we found out by having this 3000 acres there protected we can therefore grow the grass, keep the land better and it helps us run our property better.
The average Queenslander I think is interested and invested in the environment, everyone's got a lot of opinions, and this allows our fellow Queenslanders to help to make the environment better.
So we're all in it together instead of being at odds with one another.