Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Gulang Creek

The Edwards-White Family is the owner of Gulang Creek, a property situated in Talmalmo, approximately 40km east of Albury, New South Wales. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and recreation site, also used to house a small apiary. The owners are planning to implement control measures for invasive flora and fauna, supplementing the existing habitat with regeneration works. They also intend to conduct education and walking groups through the property.

Set close to Woomargama National Park, the property spans 80 hectares and is managed as an apiary and dedicated conservation area. The property is comprised of pristine native vegetation, with several sensitive and threatened plant communities present. A rocky creek runs through the property, and the creek flats, historically cleared, are now undergoing regeneration.

Vegetation is characterized by Apple Box (Eucalyptus bridgesiana) – Red Stringybark (E. macrorhyncha) basalt scree open forest; Apple Box – Blakely’s Red Gum (E. blakelyi) moist valley and footslopes grass-forb open forest; Brittle Gum (E. mannifera) – Peppermint (E. radiata) open forest; and Apple Box – Broad-Leaved Peppermint (E. dives) – Red Stringybark shrubby hill open forest. The understorey is largely comprised of Acacia species, with tea-tree (Leptospermum spp.) and bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.) occurring on the creek flats.

A wide range of wildlife is present including bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), swamp (Wallabia bicolor) and red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), red-bellied black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus) and eastern brown snakes (Pseudonaja textilis), as well as numerous microbats, lizards and frogs. Squirrel gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis), listed as Vulnerable in NSW, may also be present on the property.

An array of birdlife is also present including wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae) and superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus).