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The Iron Range Research Station

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About the Iron Range Research Station

The IRRS was established in 2015 by Keith & Anita Cook, as a project of the Maxim Foundation. At its core, the IRRS is dedicated to furthering understanding of this incredible natural region. The station is intended to act as a hub for all scientific research, especially in the field of ecology.

Iron Range (Kutini-Payamu) is an area of exceptional biodiversity, home to a plethora of rare species, which range from the brilliant Green Tree Pythons, to unique Capparis vines.  Many of these species are endemic, with multiple new species described from the forest surrounding the IRRS itself. Traditional land of the Kuuku Ya'u indigenous group, Iron Range is also  rich in cultural history.  The IRRS seeks to document this landscape, enabling all disciplines of scientific thought & study. 


Courtesy: IRRS

Courtesy: IRRS


Courtesy: IRRS

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Courtesy: Josiah Omeenyo, Lockhart River Art



Despite its remote location, the IRRS is fully equipped with a range of scientific tools, vehicles & everyday necessities to assist researchers staying at the property. These include:

- Bedding For 5-10  occupants

- Satellite Internet & Phone

- Various Vehicles

- Fully Functional Kitchen

- Solar Power

- Rain Water Ammenities

- Library & Lab

- Recreation Areas

If you wish to make an enquiry regarding facilities at the IRRS, please see the link below.

The Iron Range


From rare orchids to towering rainforest trees, the flora of Iron Range is both stunningly beautifully & wildly unqiue. 


Home to a range of endangered & endemic species, Iron Range supports an extraordinarily diverse range of fauna.


From the towering ranges to the fringing coral reefs, Iron Range represents a remarkably intact & distinct landscape.

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