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- 13 hectares
A residence, wildlife sanctuary and eco-friendly accommodation


Julie and Peter Ryan are the owners of Clogheen, a property located in Mullumbimby Creek, approximately 20km northwest of Byron Bay, New South Wales. The property is a residence and wildlife sanctuary, also used to run a small eco-friendly accommodation. Julie and Peter have undertaken extensive revegetation projects to restore the natural values of the property, which has resulted in a notable increase in the abundance and diversity of wildlife. They are active members of Brunswick Valley Landcare and Land for Wildlife, and regularly host field workshops on their property. Julie and Peter intend to maintain the property for its current uses whilst improving its native vegetation, particularly where it borders Mount Jerusalem National Park.

The property covers approximately 13 hectares and adjoins Mount Jerusalem National Park. The property is comprised of steep hills interspersed with plateaus and is part of the Mount Warning volcanic area. Vegetation consists of sub-tropical rainforest and wet sclerophyll woodland, and features a rare grove of original indigenous macadamia trees.

The property’s location at the ecotone of the coast and ranges ecosystems allows a wide range of wildlife to live in the area, including short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor) and northern brown bandicoots (Isoodon macrourus). Birdlife is abundant and includes superb lyrebirds (Menura novaehollandiae), Wompoo fruit doves (Ptilinopus magnificus), wonga pigeons (Leucosarcia melanoleuca), native pigeons, pheasant coucals (Centropus phasianinus), sulphur-crested (Cacatua galerita) and black (Calyptorhynchus spp.) cockatoos and a range of parrots.

Property Name Clogheen
Property Size 13 hectares
Property Features Land For Wildlife, Sanctuaries You Can Stay
Owners Julie and Peter Ryan
Member Since 2018
Website https://clogheencottage.com/about/