Come and stay or volunteer at ‘Obi’s Lionheart Sanctuary’ which is situated within the gorgeous Mountain Lagoon wilderness, approximately 10km northeast of Bilpin, New South Wales.
The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary, rehabilitation site and education hub. Dannii and Adam intend to maintain the land for these purposes, with a vision to build a wildlife refuge and animal rescue in the near future and create and maintain balanced and vibrant ecosystems for all creatures.
Wildlife and nature enthusiasts can book to stay at the sanctuary in a gorgeous exclusive glamping set up or camp at one of 3 spacious sites. This eco opportunity is to encourage people to develop and nurture their connection to nature.
Eco and permaculture practices are followed and taught to volunteers who work on the land and interested folk who stay in the accomodation. The sanctuary is always open to volunteers coming to stay, help out and connect with this magical and innovative space.
You can book a private bird watching tour, ecology walk or ‘sunset rock’ walk with the hosts themselves, or wander the numerous tracks, with one main track starting at the sanctuary.
They are currently seeking registration through Land for Wildlife and are members of Hawkesbury Environment Network, Australian Ecosystems Foundation, have applied for Odonata Sanctuary Program and deeply connected with Mountains for Wildlife, of which Dannii helped establish with 3 other locals from the first days.
You are able to immerse yourself with community conservation and wildlife events that run in the local area by several groups including Mountains for Wildlife, some events of which will be held at Obi’s Lionheart Sanctuary.
Dannii is an experienced animal carer and teacher, having volunteered, worked and educated extensively around the world. Adam has volunteered and worked with animals as well as on several permaculture farms in Africa and Thailand to gain valuable enviro care knowledge to bring to the land. He is also a whiz with building, using a recycled and rustic approach that suits the landscape.
The property spans 6.4 hectares and backs directly on to the Wollemi National Park. It features two dams, a stream and a waterfall with a glow worm dell. The property is comprised of well-established eucalypt and turpentine woodland, with Angophora, Xanthorrhoea, Waratahs (Telopea speciosissima), Banksias and native grasses,among many other species.
Mother trees are estimated to be a few hundred years old and after a visit from a local Indigenous person, it was apparent that there is plenty of bushtucker on the land too, a favourite being the deep purple sweet berry, Dianella caerulea.
The sanctuary is abundant with wildlife including koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), eastern water dragons (Intellagama lesueurii), lace monitors (Varanus varius) and an array of native (and some endangered) birds such as the gang-gang (Callocephalon fimbriatum) and sulphur-crested (Cacatua galerita) cockatoos and yellow (Zanda funerea) and red-tailed (Calyptorhynchus banksii) black-cockatoos. Macropods have been heard on the land and bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) scats have been found.
Dannii and Adam look forward to welcoming you to their piece of paradise in the near future and hope to inspire and ignite connection to all who choose to land here.