Justice Robert Hope Park offset area

Watson Woodlands

Where is Justice Robert Hope Park?

Justice Robert Hope Park (Watson Woodlands - 18 hectares) is in the northern section of the suburb of Watson, at the western base of Mount Majura. The offset area connects to Mount Majura Nature Reserve on the eastern side through partially cleared land.

Why is it an offset?

The offset area was established to compensate for the impact to the white box-yellow box-Blakely’s red gum grassy woodland, derived native grassland ecological community (box gum grassy woodland) and the regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia) from residential development and the extension of Negus Crescent in North Watson.

What’s so special about Justice Robert Hope Park offset?


Justice Robert Hope Park is on the lower slopes of Mount Majura Nature Reserve. The reserve forms a small part of a large woodland ridge system that stretches from the hills in Gungahlin, Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves, through to the Majura valley, supporting wildlife movement through this area.

The Watson Woodlands Working Group is very active within the site, undertaking significant habitat improvement works since 2001.

Natural values significant under the EPBC Act:

Threatened fauna includes:Photo: Regent honeyeater by Geoffery Dabb

Threatened flora includes:


The long term management aim for the offset area is to protect and manage the box gum grassy woodland community and habitat for woodland birds including the Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera Phrygia).

Box - Gum Woodland Offset Monitoring - 2016

Justice Robert Hope Park offset management plan

Annual report

What can I do in this reserve?

Pedestrian access points have been established in the fence line around Justice Robert Hope Park. Dogs are permitted on a leash.

Who do I contact with questions about this offset?

Call Access Canberra: 13 22 81.