Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Over the Road

Kay and Dallas Muddiman are the leaseholders of Over the Road, a property located in Crooked Corner, approximately 30km north of Crookwell.  The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary which is also used for wildlife rehabilitation.  Kay and Dallas commenced leasing the Crown Land in October 2005, and it is their intent to continue leasing the property for as long as possible while keeping it a dedicated wildlife sanctuary.  Over the Road adjoins the recently gazetted Gillindich Nature Reserve.

The sanctuary covers 129.5 hectares of undulating to quite steep hilly country, covered in eucalypt dominated bush and understorey in varying densities.  Several water courses which only run in heavy rain are present, as well as a rain-fed natural waterhole.  The predominant vegetation type is dry sclerophyll forest, with species being identified by the Goulburn Flora Club including broad-leaved peppermint (Eucalyptus dives), red stringybark (E. macrorhyncha), brittle gum (E. mannifera), yellow box (E. melliodora), narrow-leaved peppermint (E. radiata),  silver wattle (Acacia dealbata), mountain hickory (A. penninervis), daphne heath (Bracheloma daphnoides), native geranium (Geranium solanderi), narrow-leafed hovea  (Hovea linearis) and red-anther wallaby grass (Joycea pallida).

Wildlife is abundant on Over the Road, with species known to occur including eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), swamp (Wallabia bicolor) and red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) wallabies, eastern wallaroos (Macropus robustus), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, greater gliders (Petauroides volans), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), eastern shinglebacks (Tiliqua rugosa asper) and various other lizards, red-bellied (Pseudechis porphyriacus) and eastern brown (Pseudonaja textilis) snakes, and the EPBC Act listed Endangered spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus).  A wide variety of bird species have also been sighted on the sanctuary, including the gang-gang cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum), listed as Vulnerable under the NSW TSC Act.