Links to culture and identity

The land, water, plants and animals within a landscape are central to Aboriginal spirituality and identity. The flora and fauna of the Worimi Conservation Lands provide traditional foods, medicines, and raw materials for a variety of traditional tools and implements.At least 50 plant species are known to be significant in terms of their cultural use associated with traditional tools and implements, food or medicine.

Habitat links

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Coast groundsel … previously thought to be extinct in the Newcastle region

The Worimi Conservation Lands provide an important habitat link within a broader wildlife corridor comprising the Hunter Wetlands National Park in the south-east, Tomaree National Park in the north-east, and Tilligerry State Conservation Area and a number of associated smaller reserves to the north. Collectively, these parks provide a landscape-scale habitat corridor linking the Watagans National Park to Port Stephens.

At least 168 plant species are known to occur in the park including a number of threatened species.

The threatened sand doubletail orchid and rough doubletail orchid occur along the cleared powerline easements through the north-east of the park, and along the park boundary adjacent to Nelson Bay Road. Coast groundsel occurs in two sections of the frontal dune-swale between Lavis Lane Access and Tin City. This species was thought to be extinct in the Newcastle region prior to its identification in WCL.

More detailed information on the flora of the Worimi Conservation Lands can be found in the WCL Plan of Management