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Lake Yalleena Nature Retreat is set on a stunning 166-hectare property in the East Coast Midlands, Tasmania. Self-contained, fully equipped cabins offer breathtaking views across the private lake and the surrounding native forests. This tranquil property provides the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday, or the ideal base camp for an adventure in the Tasmanian wilderness.

Lake Yalleena Nature Retreat is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary, so keep an eye out for native species like wombats, pademelons, quolls and wedge-tailed eagles, as well as black swans, ducks and cormorants on the lake habitat. The owner, Natalie, aims to create a conservation area for Tasmania’s unique and threatened wildlife, with goals to establish a rehabilitation and release site for orphaned and injured native animals.

After exploring the property’s extensive bushwalks, take a day trip to the nearby Freycinet National Park, follow the East Coast Wine Trail or visit Meetus and Lost Falls for a picturesque picnic.

Natalie Guy, Liz Swinton and Michael Swinton are the owners of Lake Yalleena Nature Retreat, a property situated in Lake Leake, approximately 35km southeast of Campbell Town, Tasmania. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation site, also used as an eco-accommodation and tourism site. The owners wish to maintain the land for these purposes, with plans to convert the entire property into a wildlife conservation and education area. The property is additionally registered with Land For Wildlife.

The property spans 166 hectares, with 131 hectares comprised of dry eucalypt woodland and the remainder featuring a large, artificial lake. The property backs on to Lost Falls Forest Reserve to the east, and is largely surrounded by forested land.

A wide variety of native species have been sighted on the property including bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), Bennett’s wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), eastern barred bandicoots (Perameles gunnii), spotted-tailed (Dasyurus maculatus) and eastern (Dasyurus viverrinus) quolls, brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, forest bats (Vespadelus spp.), lowland copperheads (Austrelaps superbus), skinks and native frogs.

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster) and tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus) are also likely present.

Birdlife is abundant and includes Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax fleayi), white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster), black swans (Cygnus atratus), Pacific black ducks (Anas superciliosa), cormorants, musk ducks (Biziura lobata), native hens (Tribonyx mortierii), coots, plovers, laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus), green rosellas (Platycercus caledonicus), superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus), black currawongs (Strepera fuliginosa), magpies (Cracticus tibicen), flame robins (Petroica phoenicea) and welcome swallows (Hirundo neoxena).

Contact the owner

This sanctuary has been listed by Natalie Guy, Michael and Liz Swinton who can be contacted by phone on 0409 037 472 or natalie@lakeyalleena.com.au