Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Isabelle and Luke’s Refuge

Isabelle and Luke are the owners of a property located in Tarbuck Bay, approximately 70km south of Taree, New South Wales. The property is a wildlife sanctuary and bush regeneration site as well as a residence and lifestyle block. Isabelle and Luke plan to maintain the land for these purposes while continuing to revegetate degraded areas of native forest.

The property spans 10.1 hectares across steeply sloping land with an easterly aspect. The property sits adjacent to Smiths Lake, an Intermittently Closed and Open Lake (ICOLL) and is close to Wallingat National Park. The block is heavily wooded with wet sclerophyll forest.

A wide range of native species are present including koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps), feathertail gliders (Acrobates pygmaeus), red-necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), red-legged pademelons (Thylogale stigmatica), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), potoroos, Stephens’ banded snakes (Hoplocephalus stephensii) and various lizards.

An array of birdlife is also present including powerful owls (Ninox strenua), glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami), white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster) and a variety of forest birds.