Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Sean Collier and Bernadette Junor are the owners of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary at Eaglereach Highland Park, a property situated in Vacy, approximately 70km northwest of Newcastle, New South Wales. Sean and Bernadette manage the property as directors of Kpable Pty Ltd, trading as Cabins in the Clouds. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary also used for short-term tourist accommodation. The owners wish to manage it for these purposes alongside two sanctuaries already registered with the Wildlife Land Trust.

Located within the 400-hectare Eaglereach Highland Park, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary spans 1.3 hectares of gently sloping land. The property features a dam and an elevated lodge situated on the eastern side of the escarpment. Vegetation is comprised of dry sclerophyll forest characterized as Lower Hunter Spotted Gum – Iron Bark Forest typical to the region. Other common species include grevilleas and acacias.

Wildlife known to inhabit the property includes eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), red-necked wallabies (M. rufogriseus), common wallaroos (M. robustus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), grey-headed flying foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus), eastern long-necked turtles (Chelodina longicollis), green tree snakes (Dendrelaphis punctulata), red-bellied black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus), eastern brown snakes (Pseudonaja textilis), diamond pythons (Morelia spilota), lace monitors (Varanus varius), microbats and various other frogs, reptiles and small marsupials.

Birdlife is abundant and includes wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), yellow-tailed black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus), crimson rosellas (Platycercus elegans), satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), regent bowerbirds (Sericulus chrysocephalus), king parrots (Alisterus scapularis), wonga pigeons (Leucosarcia melanoleuca), Australian magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen), white-winged choughs (Corcorax melanorhamphos), stubble quails (Coturnix pectoralis), laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae) and many more.