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A wildlife sanctuary and eco-tourism village set within a private habitat reserve


Paul Dimmick and Michael Higgins are the owners of Huon Bush Retreats, a property located in Ranelagh approximately 10km north-west of Huonville, Tasmania.  The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and eco-tourism village situated within an extensive private habitat reserve. It is Paul and Michael’s intent to pass custodianship of the sanctuary on to like-minded people who will care for it into the future. The natural values of the property are protected by a covenant with the Tasmanian Government.

Huon Bush Retreats covers approximately 100 hectares and consists of a combination of recovering farmland, eucalypt mixed forest and a small pocket of remnant rainforest.

Wildlife known to inhabit the property includes brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, rufous wallabies (Thylogale billardierii), bats (Vespadelus spp.), spotted-tail quolls (Dasyurus maculatus), eastern barred (Perameles gunnii) and southern brown (Isoodon obesulus) bandicoots, Bennett’s wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) and various snakes. Several dozen species of birds are regularly seen and heard on the property including wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.), sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita), currawongs (Strepera spp.), owlet-nightjars (Aegotheles cristatus) and several species of owl.

Property Name Huon Bush Retreats
Property Size 100 hectares
Property Features Sanctuaries You Can Stay, Sanctuary For Sale
Owners Paul Dimmick and Michael Higgins
Member Since 2016