The far-sighted preservation of native forests on Goondicum Station has allowed a diversity of flora and fauna to flourish. It’s a dream environment of great interest to researchers in universities and wildlife societies.
Many scientific researchers from James Cook University, the University of Queensland, Central Queensland University and Queensland University of Technology have studied the property’s unique ecosystems. Fauna researchers have studied the pebble mound mouse, various breeds of tortoise and the endangered glossy black cockatoo found on the station.
It’s not just the flora and fauna that has stimulated interest – a group of French students recently spent 10 days on site studying the synergies between conservation and agriculture pioneered by the Goondicum Pastoral Co.
Geological research in 1993 established the Goondicum crater is the remnant of an extinct volcano, not the result of a prehistoric meteorite strike as some thought.