Issue 5, March 1998

Where and What are Australia's Tropical Savannas

Map showing Australias Tropical Savannas

The tropical savannas are landscapes of dense grasses and scattered trees that stretch across northern Australia. The region dominates the top third of the country and is home to a rich variety of plants and animals. Industries in the region generate $7.5 billion in income yearly.

Tropical Savannas CRC was established in late 1995 and consists of a large number of partner agencies. We have more than 100 project staff based in centres including Darwin, Townsville, Kununurra, Katherine, Charters Towers, Cairns, Mareeba and the University of Queensland's Gatton campus.

We operate not only across the region, but across disciplines including ecology, biology, economics, information technology and social sciences. We aim to tackle gaps in savanna information and research for the region's stakeholders: the people who live and work in the tropical savannas.

  • CSIRO: Land & Water and Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Department of Agriculture WA
  • Department of Conservation WA
  • Director of National Parks
  • James Cook University
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • North Australia Beef Research Council
  • North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance
  • NT Primary Industry & Fisheries
  • NT Dept of Lands Planning & Environment
  • Northern Territory University
  • Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT
  • Queensland Department of Natural Resources & Mines
  • Queensland Department of Primary Industries
  • Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service
  • University of Queensland