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- 32 hectares
A residence, wildlife-friendly sanctuary and bush retreat


Melita and Joseph Shanks are the owners and managers of Kookaburra Creek Retreat, a property located in Melrose, approximately 250km north of Adelaide, South Australia. The property is a residence and wildlife-friendly sanctuary, and is also the site of a bush retreat accommodation and camping ground. Melita and Joseph intend to continue building their accommodation business whilst preserving the natural values of the property.

The property is situated on the foothills of Mount Remarkable and covers approximately 32 hectares. It is bordered on three sides by Mount Remarkable National Park and features two dams and a small creek.

Vegetation is dominated by eucalypts including river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), blue gums (Eucalyptus leucoxylon), sugar gums (Eucalyptus cladocalyx) and peppermint box (Eucalyptus odorata). A wide variety of native flora such as native lemongrass (Cymbopogon ambiguus), curry bush (Helichrysum italicum), sticky hop bush (Dodonaea viscosa), she-oak (Allocasuarina spp.), garland lily (Calostemma purpureum), running postman (Kennedia prostrata) and bardi bush (Acacia victoriae) are also present throughout the property.

Wildlife is abundant on the property and includes western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus), euros (Macropus robustus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), lace monitors (Varanus varius), ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), and the occasional red kangaroo (Macropus rufus).

A wide range of birdlife is also present on the property including emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae), wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla), laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), sacred kingfishers (Todiramphus sanctus) and rainbow bee-eaters (Merops ornatus).

Property Name Kookaburra Creek Retreat
Property Size 32 hectares
Property Features Sanctuaries You Can Stay
Owners Melita and Joseph Shanks
Member Since 2018
Website http://kookaburracreekretreat.com.au/