Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / VIC / Witchwood

Escape to the forests and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of Witchwood sanctuary, nestled between two national parks – the Errinundra to the east and the Snowy to the west. The tree-lined Brodribb River runs along the edge of the property and is fed from the forests and wilderness upstream.

The Tin Chalet is a cozy little piece of rustic heaven. Neat, tidy, warm and beautifully positioned on Jill’s organic farm amongst the sights and sounds of the farm animals and wildlife. This fully self-contained, solar-powered chalet sleeps three people and has a wood stove which keeps the place cosy.

Old growth forest and rainforest walks are just up the road and chooks, dairy goats, garden and orchard provide fresh food in season.

Jill Redwood is the owner of Witchwood, which spans 9.1 hectares. The sanctuary is being revegetated in sections and features a riparian area undergoing rehabilitation, and is also a member of the Land for Wildlife network.  The property hosts the annual Forests Forever Easter Ecology Camp and is the base for the East Gippsland forest campaign.

Vegetation features regenerating tall wet eucalypt forest and a riparian section along Brodribb River, which flows through the sanctuary. Vegetation species include shining gum (Eucalyptus nitens), manna gum (E. viminalis), Gippsland peppermint (E. croajingolensis), blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), black wattle (A. mearnsii), silver wattle (A. dealbata), tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium), and kanuka (Kunzea ericoides).

Examples of wildlife species known to be found on the property include eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), swamp (Wallabia bicolour) and redneck wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), king parrots (Alisterus scapularis), spotted pardalotes (Pardalotus punctatus), tiger (Notechis scutatus) and copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) snakes, black rock skinks (Egernia saxatilis intermedia), sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps), ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), goannas, a wide range of frogs, as well as egrets and wild ducks.

Contact the owner

This sanctuary has been listed by Jill Redwood who can be contacted by phone on (03) 5154 0145 or jill@eastgippsland.net.au