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A dedicated wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation site, also used as an eco-accommodation and tourism site


Natalie Guy, Liz Swinton and Michael Swinton are the owners of Lake Yalleena Nature Retreat, a property situated in Lake Leake, approximately 35km southeast of Campbell Town, Tasmania. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation site, also used as an eco-accommodation and tourism site. The owners wish to maintain the land for these purposes, with plans to convert the entire property into a wildlife conservation and education area. The property is additionally registered with Land For Wildlife.

The property spans 166 hectares, with 131 hectares comprised of dry eucalypt woodland and the remainder featuring a large, artificial lake. The property backs on to Lost Falls Forest Reserve to the east, and is largely surrounded by forested land.

A wide variety of native species have been sighted on the property including bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), Bennett’s wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), eastern barred bandicoots (Perameles gunnii), spotted-tailed (Dasyurus maculatus) and eastern (Dasyurus viverrinus) quolls, brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, forest bats (Vespadelus spp.), lowland copperheads (Austrelaps superbus), skinks and native frogs.

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster) and tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus) are also likely present.

Birdlife is abundant and includes Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax fleayi), white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster), black swans (Cygnus atratus), Pacific black ducks (Anas superciliosa), cormorants, musk ducks (Biziura lobata), native hens (Tribonyx mortierii), coots, plovers, laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus), green rosellas (Platycercus caledonicus), superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus), black currawongs (Strepera fuliginosa), magpies (Cracticus tibicen), flame robins (Petroica phoenicea) and welcome swallows (Hirundo neoxena).

Property Name Lake Yalleena Nature Retreat
Property Size 166 hectares
Property Features Wildlife Carer, Wildlife Release Site, Sanctuaries You Can Stay
Owners Natalie Guy, Michael and Liz Swinton
Member Since 2021
Website https://www.lakeyalleena.com.au/