Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Oceans Reach

Jennie and Tavis Oceans are the owners of Oceans Reach, a property situated in Pillar Valley, approximately 20km southeast of Grafton, New South Wales. The property is a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation site, also used for recreation, education and as a tourist retreat. Jennie and Tavis wish to maintain the land for these purposes, creating a haven for native wildlife on the property. The land is additionally registered with Land for Wildlife, and Jennie is the Clarence Biolink Co-Ordinator for BioDiversity Legacy, a land covenanting organisation.

Oceans Reach spans 44 hectares of dry sclerophyll forest, planted 30-50 years ago. This property marks the start of the Coldstream Catchment, featuring seasonal creeks and one small, spring-fed waterhole. The property is largely comprised of eucalypt woodland, native grassland and swamp, with 1.2 hectares cleared for the house, lawn, firebreak and gardens.

The property is home to an abundance of native wildlife, including eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), yellow-footed antechinuses (Antechinus flavipes), swamp rats (Rattus lutreolus), dunnarts, rufous bettongs (Aepyprymnus rufescens), squirrel gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis), microbats, pretty-faced wallabies (Macropus parryi), whistling ducks (Dendrocygninae spp.), king parrots (Alisterus scapularis), yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Zanda funerea) and spotted pardalotes (Pardalotus punctatus).

A variety of threatened species are also present including glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) and brush-tailed phascogales (Phascogale tapoatafa).