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A cattle farm, wildlife sanctuary and eco-accommodation


Rusty Smith and Justine Douglas are the owners of Kennedy Springs, a property located in Carruchan, approximately 20km west of Cardwell, Queensland. The property is utilised as a cattle farm, wildlife sanctuary and eco-accommodation for short-term farm stays. Rusty and Justine intend to continue with their grazing enterprise in a holistic and conservation-friendly manner, reducing grazing pressure and using exclusion fences to protect natural features of the property. They also intend to replace their existing fencing with wildlife-friendly plain wire fencing, and hope to educate farm stay guests about the value of conservation-friendly agriculture. Rusty and Justine are currently conducting ecological surveys in conjunction with conservation groups in order to gain a better understanding of the wildlife on their property.

Kennedy Springs is a predominantly grazing property covering 82 hectares in the Wet Tropics coastal lowlands and foothills. It is situated at the foothills of the Kirrama Range and is bordered on two sides by Girringun National Park. The property features extensive natural vegetation as well as several permanent springs and 3 perennial watercourses, Kennedy, Alma and Leike Creeks.Vegetation consists mainly of open eucalypt communities dominated by forest red gums (E. teriticornis), with ironbark (E. paniculata), stringybark (E. obliqua), moreton bay ash (Corymbia tessellaris) and mahogany interspersed with improved pasture and native grass species. The property also features eucalypt woodlands with shrubs and pockets of scrub in some areas. Riparian communities also occur along the watercourse and feature vine forest, watergums, melaleuca species and Queensland maples (Flindersia brayleyana). The property also features spring fed communities and pandanus swamp communities.

Wildlife found on the property includes sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps), agile wallabies (Macropus agilis), freshwater turtles and freshwater fish such as jungle perch (Kuhlia rupestris), black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) and mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus). Spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus), mahogany gliders (Petaurus gracilis) and tree kangaroos (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) have also been sighted near the property.

Kennedy Springs also houses a wide variety of migratory and resident bird species including southern cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius), paradise kingfishers (Tanysiptera spp.), plains turkeys (Ardeotis australis), blue-winged (Dacelo leachii) and laughing (Dacelo novaeguineae) kookaburras, red tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii), black-necked storks (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus), buff-banded rails (Gallirallus philippensis), quails, wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), large-tailed nightjars (Caprimulgus macrurus), rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus), barn owls (Tyto alba), rainbow bee-eaters (Merops ornatus), dollar birds (Eurystomus orientalis) and various raptors. The Brolga (Grus rubicunda) is sometimes seen in grazing pastures where billabongs and freshwater swamps occur.

Property Name Kennedy Springs
Property Size 82 hectares
Property Features Sanctuaries You Can Stay
Owners Rusty Smith and Justine Douglas
Member Since 2017