Protecting our wildlife

Queensland is home to many unique animals. With the ongoing expansion of our towns and road networks people are coming into contact with these animals more often.

How you can protect our wildlife.

  • Keep dogs and cats under control at night—most attacks on native wildlife happen at night.
  • Keep dogs away from koalas—if a dog is disturbing a koala in a tree, remove the dog from the area so that the koala can come down from the tree and leave unharmed.
  • Train your dog to stop chasing other animals—if you are concerned that your dog may chase a koala, consider obedience training.
  • Follow recommended speed limits when driving through areas known for active wildlife—these speed limits are set to give you time to react if an animal is crossing the road.

Flinders Karawatha Corridor

To connect known wildlife habitats, it is important to keep ‘corridors’ of unbroken bushland to allow animals to move safely from one area to another.

In partnership with local government and the community, the department is committed to maintaining and enhancing the Flinders Karawatha Corridor.

The corridor is the largest remaining continuous stretch of open eucalypt bushland in South East Queensland and is a significant landscape feature for the region.

It extends from Karawatha Forest in Brisbane’s southern suburbs to Flinders Peak, onto the south side of Ipswich and down to the Wyaralong Dam near Boonah.

The corridor is about 563.5km² (or 56,350ha) and about 60km long.

In comparison:

  • The former Brisbane Forest Park (now officially the southern part of D'Aguilar National Park) is about 25,000ha.
  • North Stradbroke Island is about 285km² (or 28,500ha) and 38km long.

The corridor includes a range of distinctive habitats including rocky hills, wetlands and eucalypt forest. Abundant plant and animal life depends on these habitats, including several rare and threatened flora and fauna, such as:

  • powerful owl
  • brush-tailed rock wallaby
  • koala
  • wallum froglet 
  • Lloyd’s native olive—one of the rarest plants in Queensland
  • Flinders plum—a rare Australian rainforest tree.