Aerial views of the Royton Timber Reserve reveal pockets of green growth flanked by stretches of rust-red earth. Located in Mount Isa, the reserve and surrounding area are lush with both sylvan and arid landscapes while housing plant and animal life that thrives in the outback heat. Small mammals and reptiles scamper about desert vegetation like spinifex grass and acacia shrubs while majestic birds soar overhead. Significant softwood tree growth, including species such as eucalyptus, have also provided ample opportunity for timber. The Royton Timber Reserve spans approximately 7,354 hectares (18,172 acres) in total, making this mid-outback forest an impressive site.