Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / QLD / Rombar Sanctuary

Kim Barallon and Yul-John Roman are the owners of Rombar Sanctuary, a property situated in Middlebrook, approximately 70km west of Innisfail, Queensland. The property is a chemical-free, solar powered property used for agriculture, ecological tourism and education. Kim and Yul-John aim to use the property to promote sustainable and regenerative syntropic agriculture that supports native wildlife and their habitats.

The property covers approximately 44 hectares with 2 kilometres of frontage to the Beatrice River. Around 32 hectares of the property consists of protected, old-growth tropical wet rainforest. An abundance of wildlife has been sighted on the property including swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor), Lumholtz’s tree kangaroos (Dendrolagus lumholtzi), Boyd’s forest dragons (Lophosaurus boydii), lace monitors (Varanus varius), amethystine pythons (Morelia amethistina), tree snakes and a variety of butterfly species.

The riparian zone is home to platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), eel-tailed catfish (Tandanus tandanus), black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri), freshwater turtles, water dragons (Intellagama lesueurii) and eels.

A variety of birdlife is also present including white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster), eastern ospreys (Pandion cristatus), wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), kites and falcons. The owners have also spotted a southern cassowary chick (Casuarius casuarius).