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Parma Wallaby (Macropus parma) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat

Parma Wallaby Macropus parma


  • Endemic to Australia
  • Current range - Great Dividing Range along east coast of New South Wales, from Gibraltar Range south to the Watagan Mountains
  • Feral population - Kawau Island, New Zealand
  • Historical range - apparently limited to New South Wales, formerly as far south as the Illawarra plain
  • Other comments
    • Colonies tend to be localized
    • Factors contributing to restricted distribution
      • Present primarily in high-rainfall areas
      • Competitive exclusion by black-striped wallaby Macropus dorsalis may be a factor


  • Preferred habitat - wet sclerophyll forest with dense, shrubby understory, in association with grassy areas
    • In Gibraltar Range - found in dry sclerophyll forests close to swampy areas
    • Occasionally, also edges of (disturbed) rainforests (Wilson and Mittermeier 2015)
  • Frequently seen - in disturbed forests, including former eucalypt plantations and logged areas
  • Feeding areas - grasslands, grassy woodlands, heathlands, and sedge swamps bordering dense forests
  • Elevation range - up to 1,000 m (3,300 ft)

Distribution of the Parma Wallaby

parma wallaby distribution

The Parma wallaby is found in forests of southeast Australia (New South Wales), from Sydney north to Gold Coast.

Adapted from according to IUCN fact sheet. Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN).

Page Citations

Lunney & McKenzie (2008)
Maynes (1977b)
Maynes (2008)
OEH (2012)
Vernes & Cooper (2007)

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