Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / QLD / Thylogale Nature Refuge

Thylogale Nature Refuge is a 3.34 hectare sanctuary located just over 60 km from Cairns that is registered as a Nature Refuge with the Queensland Government National Parks & Wildlife Service.  David and Diane Armbrust’s sanctuary contains complex notophyll vine forest and a small area of closed vine forest, as well as supporting a number of rare and endangered plant species, including Sankowskya stipularis, listed as endangered under both the QLD and Commonwealth environment legislation.

The property also provides habitat for a number of animal species including green ringtail possums (Pseudochirops archeri), red-legged pademelons (Thylogale stigmatica), musky rat-kangaroos (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus), platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), water rats (Hydromys chrysogaster), yellow-footed antechinuses (Antechinus flavipes), spectacled flying foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus), a wide variety of birds including the southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), and many invertebrate, amphibian and reptile species including the Mt Lewis crayfish (Euastacus fleckeri).  David and Diane utilise the sanctuary for low-impact nature based tourism to raise awareness about wildlife vulnerability and the importance of maintaining natural habitats.