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A holiday home and dedicated wildlife sanctuary


David and Andrew McMahon are the owners of Wobby Hollow, a property situated in Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The property is a holiday home and dedicated wildlife sanctuary, and the owners wish to contribute to bushfire recovery on Kangaroo Island by planting native trees, fire-proofing the property and fencing off areas for regeneration.

The property covers approximately 30 hectares extending from Lathami Conservation Park and features a creek and several dams. The area is predominately untouched native scrubland and grassland which provides habitat for a range of native wildlife including the glossy black cockatoo. During the recent bushfires much of the scrubland was burnt, but the owners are planning to revegetate the property to assist with wildlife and habitat recovery.  

Vegetation consists of many native species of bush, scrub and grasses including she-oaks (Casuarina spp.), yakka (Xanthorrhoea australis) sugar (Eucalyptus cladocalyx) and manna (E. viminalis) gums. Much of the broombush (Melaleuca uncinata) that makes up the top end of the property is now burnt, but some patches remain intact.

Wildlife species known to inhabit the sanctuary include western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus), tammar wallabies (M. eugenii), brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), pygmy possums (Cercartetus concinnus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), Rosenberg's monitors (Varanus rosenbergi), tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus), marron (Cherax cainii) and koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus).

A range of birdlife is also present including approximately one hundred glossy black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami), wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster), bush stone-curlews (Burhinus grallarius), falcons (Falco spp.), nankeen kestrels (F. enchroides) black-shouldered kites (Elanus axillaris), rosellas (Platycercus spp.), rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus), galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla) and many more.

Property Name Wobby Hollow
Property Size 30 hectares
Property Features
Owners David and Andrew McMahon
Member Since 2020