Gulf Plains Bioregion

Burketown, situated in the Gulf Plains Bioregion, hosts a rich array of native fauna and flora. Our beautiful natural surrounds and proposed visitor activities provide opportunities for getting up close and enjoying what our country has to offer. There are also introduced species and pests that are important to be aware of as you travel through.

For a comprehensive species list and incidence map visit the Atlas of Living Australia - Gulf Plains Bioregion. Visit Visit our fishing and birdwatching pages for relevant information. The region includes such unique finds as the Gulf Snapping Turtle (Lavarackorum elseya), identified as a denizen of Lawn Hill Gorge and until recently believed to have become extinct due to massive climatic change during the Pleistocene age. Previously the only evidence of the ancient turtle was a single fossil found at Riversleigh.

​Wildlife Hazards

Australia and the Gulf region is home to wildlife that can pose a hazard to health and, yes, even life. Remember to be Crocwise in Croc country!  It's also worth being attentive to various species of snakes, spiders, and marine animals. For some great tips on interacting with wildlife in the region safely visit Cairns Unlimited!

Biosecurity Threats of the Gulf Plains Bioregion

Weeds known to occur in the Gulf Plains bioregion include Mesquite, African boxthorn, Prickly acacia, Parkinsonia and others

Before entering our region please take steps to minimise the risk of transporting weed seeds caught on your vehicle and clothing by washing your vehicle, paying particular attention to the undercarriage and remove seeds from clothing. If travelling along the Savannah Way from Cairns direction there is a free automated vehicle washdown  facility located at Mount Surprise to assist. 

Invasive animals in the region include feral pigs, foxes, rabbits, feral cats, cane toads and starlings.

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Barramundi Fishing

Fishing enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities to ply their craft on the waterways surrounding Burketown. Whether you are on the Albert,