Guests staying at the 1,500 acre (600ha) Inala Reserve can choose between two onsite accommodation cottages, both featuring a fully equipped kitchens and laundry, TV and limited wifi. A stay at either cottage also allows free access to the Inala museum and Jurassic Garden, walking tracks and most bird and wildlife platforms and hides throughout the property.
Inala Cottage, a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom cottage is of 4 star standard and is set in idyllic surroundings next to a tree-lined stream in a private garden with views of the South Bruny ranges and a secluded outdoor barbeque area.
Nairana Cottage (pictured above) is a one bedroom spa unit of 4.5-5 star standard, featuring high quality furnishings and Tasmanian timbers and has been purpose-built to maximise bird and wildlife watching opportunities. The bedroom has a queen size and single bed for twin share. The bathroom has a separate spa bath and shower. The unit is set in the forest amongst the wallabies and birds and has a private balcony with a barbeque and deck chairs.
Guided walks of the property and walking and vehicle tours of Bruny Island are also available on request (bookings essential) with one of our specialist birding and wildlife guides.
Tonia Cochran is the owner of Inala, a dedicated wildlife sanctuary also used for wildlife rehabilitation, education, agriculture, recreation and tourism, and it is Tonia’s intent for it to continue in these purposes with the primary goal of the conservation of native species. Inala is protected in-perpetuity through a conservation covenant with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and the property is part of BirdLife Australia’s Woodland Birds for Biodiversity project. Staff members at Inala are all trained wildlife carers due to the sanctuary’s use as a release site for hand-raised and rehabilitated wildlife.
The property covers 607 hectares, approximately 75% of which is forested. Dominant native vegetation types present include wet sclerophyll forest, wet heathland vegetation, wetland, and pasture.
Wildlife species for which Inala provides habitat include swift parrots (Lathamus discolor), wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), grey goshawks (Accipiter novaehollandiae), white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster), Tasmanian masked owls (Tyto novaehollandiae castanops), Bennett’s wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus), Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii), Tasmanian pygmy (Cercartetus lepidus), brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, eastern quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus), and a variety of bats, frogs, skinks and snakes.
Additionally, Inala is home to one of the largest known colonies of the forty-spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus), an EPBC Act listed endangered species that is only found in Tasmania, with around half of the total population found on Bruny Island.