Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / QLD / Stuart and Catherine’s Refuge

Stuart and Catherine Campbell-Lloyd are the owners of a property situated in Japoonvale, approximately 120km south of Cairns, Queensland. The property is a wildlife sanctuary, also used for bush regeneration, education, agriculture and recreation. Stuart and Catherine use syntropic agriculture to manage a fibre farm whilst conserving native vegetation on the property. They aim to broaden their understanding of food sovereignty and sustainability whilst maintaining habitat connectivity as a regional corridor for endemic species.

The property spans 2 hectares across tropical wet coastal rainforest hinterland, backing on to a creek. Vegetation is characterized by riparian tropical rainforest which forms a steep, narrow habitat corridor between two arms of the Japoon National Park. Cane rail, road and river easements intersect the property.

A wide range of wildlife is present including platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), striped possums (Dactylopsila trivirgata), agile wallabies (Macropus agilis), antechinus, Boyd’s dragons (Hypsilurus boydii) and green tree frogs (Litorea caerulea). Birdlife is abundant and includes southern cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius), Papuan frogmouths (Podargus papuensis), azure kingfishers (Alcedo azurea) and a colony of albino laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae).