Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Parrawirra

Viki Winton is the owner of Parrawirra, a property located in approximately 75km northwest of Sydney. Parrawirra is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and residential property and it is Viki’s intent to continue the rehabilitation of creek banks with the assistance of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority. Viki also plans to enter into a Voluntary Conservation Agreement with either the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service or Bush Heritage.

The sanctuary covers 22.5 hectares, approximately 50% of which is comprised of creek flatland and a poplar box plantation, progressing through to steep hilly Hawkesbury Sandstone which comprises the remaining 50% and merges with a vast bush tract backing onto Comleroy State Forest.  Vegetation types include rainforest in the gully sections, as well as grey myrtle (Backhousia myrtifolia) and dry scelrophyll forests featuring turpentines (Syncarpia glomulifera), grey ironbarks (Eucalyptus paniculata), stringybarks (Eucalyptus obliqua), and other larger eucalypt species along the creek line.

Native wildlife species known to occur on Parrawirra include brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), common wallaroos (Macropus robustus), swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor), microbats, lace monitors (Varanus varius) and a variety of snakes including yellow-faced whip snakes (Demansia psammophis), red-bellied black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus), eastern brown snakes (Pseudonaja textilis) and pythons. The NPWS identified over 78 bird species and numerous other fauna during survey approximately 3 years ago.