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- 1.15 hectares
A residence, wildlife sanctuary and vegan Bed & Breakfast


Jan Saunders is the owner of The Beet Retreat, a property situated in Cooroibah, approximately 50km north of Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The property is a residence and wildlife sanctuary as well as a vegan Bed & Breakfast, which Jan uses to educate and inspire visitors about food, lifestyle and the environment. Since acquiring the property two years ago, Jan has been working towards expanding native vegetation on the property, running the residence off-grid and providing educational retreats for visitors. The property is registered with Urban Gardens for Wildlife and Jan is a member of Zero Emissions Noosa. The property has recently been accepted into the Land for Wildlife “Working Towards Registration” program.

The Beet Retreat spans 1.15 hectares within a matrix of remnant habitat, regrowth vegetation and cleared land. The property forms part of a wildlife corridor between Tewantin National Park to the south-west, connecting to the Great Sandy National Park. Many neighbouring properties are wildlife-friendly, and one bordering property is registered with Land for Wildlife.

Native vegetation is comprised of fragmented patches of eucalypt woodland on the higher south-west side and stands of broad-leaved paperbark forest (Melaleuca quinquenervia) in the lower areas. Dominant native species are northern grey ironbark (Eucalyptus siderophloia), red stringybark (Eucalyptus resinifera) and Queensland white stringybark (Eucalyptus tindaliae), as well as brush box (Lophostemon confertus), smooth-barked apple (Angophora leiocarpa) and rough-barked apple (Angophora woodsiana). The understory is comprised of native grasses including kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra) and wiry panic (Entolasia stricta).

A wide range of wildlife is present including eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps), bearded dragons (Pogona barbata), keelback snakes (Tropidonophis mairii) and a variety of native frogs. Birdlife is abundant and includes laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen), grey butcher birds (Cracticus torquatus), noisy miners (Manorina melanocephala), blue-faced honeyeaters (Entomyzon cyanotis) and a range of waterfowl and parrot species.

Property Name The Beet Retreat
Property Size 1.15 hectares
Property Features Land For Wildlife, Sanctuaries You Can Stay
Owners Jan Saunders
Member Since 2021
Website https://thebeetretreat.com.au/