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- 376 hectares
A wildlife sanctuary also used for recreation, education and scientific monitoring


The Southern Midlands Council is the owner of Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary, a property situated in Bagdad, approximately 40km north of Hobart, Tasmania. Initially gazetted as a Private Wildlife Sanctuary in 1946, the property is one of the oldest private conservation areas in Tasmania. Previously the home of renowned children’s author Nan Chauncy, the property was used for conservation, research and education before it was bequeathed to the Southern Midlands Council. The Sanctuary is now maintained as a wildlife refuge as well as for educational, cultural and recreational purposes. Visitors are welcome for daytrips, small functions and overnight visits. The Sanctuary is registered on the Tasmanian Heritage Register for its cultural significance, and the owner intends to maintain it for the continued preservation of nature and for scientific monitoring.

Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary spans approximately 376 hectares and consists of relatively unaltered native bushland on a steep valley formed by Browns Caves Creek.The property features a homestead, camping ground and a range of walking trails. The property connects to the adjoining Flat Rock Reserve which links to the Alpha Pinnacle Conservation Area, creating a protected conservation zone within the Midlands Biodiversity Hotspot Area.

The sanctuary is mainly comprised of dry sclerophyll bushland and features several threatened native vegetation communities including black peppermint (Eucalyptus amygdalina) forest and woodland on sandstone; silver peppermint (E. tenuiramis) woodland; and blue gum (E. globulus) grassy woodland.

The native habitat supports a wide array of wildlife, including threatened species like the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus); eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) and eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii). Native birds are abundant, and the cliffs along the southern boundary of the property provide nesting habitats for birds of prey including peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus). Other notable bird species include Tasmanian masked owls (Tyto novaehollandiae castanops); wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax fleayi); grey goshawks (Accipiter novaehollandiae) and swift parrots (Lathamus discolor).


Property Name Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary
Property Size 376 hectares
Property Features
Owners The Southern Midlands Council
Member Since 2020
Website https://www.chauncyvale.com/