History of the Mourachan

Steve decided to establish a conservation property on the Brigalow Belt after he had a hunch that there would be woma pythons inhabiting the area. The 118,000-acre property in outback Queensland certainly delivered, it turned out to be a stronghold for the endangered snakes, along with other species of fauna and flora of conservation significance.

The Mourachan conservation property protects a diverse, mosaic landscape of significant and endangered remnant ecosystems and wildlife species. In an area that has been decimated by agriculture, Mourachan is one of the last protected areas in the region. Terri Irwin explained that the property is made up of “land that is fast regaining its biodiversity with many different species of flora and fauna becoming re-established after years of broad-scale clearing by farmers.”

After years of agriculture and clearing, Steve and Terri began to repair the land and formulated a plan to conserve the diversity of the semi-arid ecosystems and wildlife, a safe haven where native animals could re-establish populations.

In 2015, Terri Irwin increased the size of the reserve by over 33,000-acres by purchasing an adjoining property, something Steve had one day hoped to achieve.