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A wildlife-friendly sanctuary, residence and tourist accommodation


Andrew and Clare Kavunenko are the owners of Deua Tin Huts, a sanctuary located in Krawarree, situated approximately 270km south of Sydney, New South Wales. The property is used as a residence as well as a tourist accommodation. Andrew and Clare have rehabilitated much of the native bushland on the property to provide habitat for wildlife, and wish to continue maintaining and utilizing the property for its current purposes.

Situated across from the Western entrance of the Deua National Park, Deua Tin Huts Sanctuary covers approximately 5 hectares and features a large dam. Originally a mostly cleared paddock, the property has undergone revegetation and now consists of one third native grasses and over 1000 trees and shrubs indigenous to the area. The property is located in a valley and bordered on one side by a creek.

Vegetation in the undisturbed valley floor is dominated by snow gums (Eucalyptus pauciflora), silver banksias (Banksia marginata), tea trees (Leptospermum spp.), Kunzea species and dwarf she-oaks (Allocasuarina nana), as well as native grass species such as kangaroo grass (Thermeda triandra) and wildflowers such as orchids (Diuris, Caladenia and Pterostylis spp.), native irises (Patersonia spp.), native pea species (Faboceae spp.) and Epacris species. Andrew and Clare have planted eucalyptus species such as snow gums (E. pauciflora), manna gums (E. viminalis), black sallees (E. stellulata), black gums (E. ovata) and brittle gums (E. mannifera). They have also reintroduced a variety of species including black she-oaks (Allocasuarina littoralis), silver banksias (Banksia marginata), red-stemmed wattles (Acacia rubida), tea trees (Leptospermum spp.) and Callistemons. The property also features a wide variety of fungi in autumn.

Wildlife present on the sanctuary includes eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), red-necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), red-bellied black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus), white lipped snakes (Drysdalia coronoides), Cunningham's skinks (Egernia cunninghami) and a wide range of lizards. The property also houses a wide variety of native birds such as glossy black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami), dusky wood swallows (Artamus cyanopterus), flame (Petroica phoenicea) and scarlet robins (Petroica multicolor), white eared (Lichenostomus leucotis), yellow-faced (Lichenostomus chrysops) and scarlet honeyeaters (Myzomela sanguinolenta) and several raptor species.

Property Name Deua Tin Huts
Property Size 5 hectares
Property Features Sanctuaries You Can Stay
Owners Andrew and Clare Kavunenko
Member Since 2017