Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Dondingalong Retreat

Set in Kempsey in New South Wales, Dondingalong Retreat is a fantastic farmstay for families and groups. Relax and unwind in this wildlife-friendly retreat surrounded by 10 hectares of native bushland, home to kangaroos, wallabies and birds.

The sanctuary is situated just minutes away from local shops and Crescent Head’s pristine beaches.

The holiday home features four bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and two bathrooms, as well as all the amenities you’ll need for your stay. The homestead is spacious but cosy, perfect for nights around the fireplace.

Keen to get some work done? The owners, Montana and Israel, always appreciate volunteers and would love your help in gardening, setting up the veggie patch, bush regeneration and weeding.

About the sanctuary

Montana Campbell and Israel Palacios are the owners of Dondingalong Retreat, a property situated in Dondingalong, approximately 50km north of Port Macquarie, New South Wales. The property is a wildlife sanctuary and tourist retreat. Montana and Israel plan to improve the property’s habitat by removing invasive species including lantana and planting locally indigenous species.

The property covers 9.92 hectares of woodland gently sloping to a dam in the centre of the block. Vegetation is largely comprised of eucalypt woodland, including tallowwood and bloodwood species.

An abundance of wildlife is found on the block including eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) and swamp (Wallabia bicolor) wallabies, flying-foxes, frogs, lace monitors (Varanus varius), green tree snakes (Dendrelaphis punctulata) and diamond pythons (Morelia spilota).

A wide range of birdlife is also present including kingfishers, king parrots (Alisterus scapularis), bowerbirds, red-browed finches (Neochmia temporalis), black cockatoos, eastern spinebills (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris), Lewin’s honeyeaters (Meliphaga lewinii) and white-throated gerygones (Gerygone olivacea).

Contact the owner

This sanctuary has been listed by Montana Campbell and Israel Palacios who can be contacted by phone on 0432685533 or montana.campbell2@gmail.com