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A dedicated wildlife sanctuary, eco-friendly tourist accommodation and residence

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Linda McHenry is the owner of Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages, a property situated in the Noosa Hinterlands, Queensland. The property is an eco-friendly tourist accommodation and residence, as well as a dedicated wildlife sanctuary. Linda wishes to maintain the current uses and conservation values of the property whilst improving the native habitat. The property is also registered with Land for Wildlife.

The property covers approximately 12 hectares of gently undulating hills and features a large dam which provides water and habitat for wildlife. The property has been pesticide free for 30 years and is a significant conservation area for rare and threatened endemic species.

Vegetation on the property consists largely of native grasslands interspersed with subtropical rainforest and Eucalypt woodlands, which provide significant habitat for native birds, insects and other wildlife.

Wildlife found on the property includes eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor) and feathertail gliders (Acrobates pygmaeus), as well as an array of native birds including various owls and raptors.

Various frogs and reptiles such as pink tongued skinks (Cyclodomorphus gerrardii) are also present, as well as Mary River turtles (Elusor macrurus), which breed in the property’s waterways.

This sanctuary is featured in Wildlife Lands 21!

When I was 5 years old, my mentor Jim Hayden taught me the importance of environment—that for all creatures, rocks, trees, rivers, butterflies, birds, microorganisms, fungi and flowers; we are here to look after them. Many years later, I created a farm stay retreat and sanctuary on 12 private treed hectares in the Noosa Hinterland with my children. In 1986 as a single mum we started in a caravan on a totally bare paddock; the first few years without power, water or telephone.


To the amusement of my farming neighbours we started planting trees for windbreaks, shade and our beautiful native animals; we created safe habitats. We have five historical cottages for guests to enjoy nature. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears, 80% of everything built on the farm is recycled. It costs a lot of money to look after the environment, but now we have many endangered species and control feral animals on our sanctuary as well as educating pet owners. We set up mounds of timber, brush, blady grass and natives under the trees, as with the terrible amount of habitat destruction there is little for wildlife to eat or hide in.

 

Avalon is now populating many of the surrounding waterways and local area as  animals, birds and insects are now breeding and expanding into surrounding properties. The natural balance is working and when one animal becomes dominant another restores balance. It’s not governments that change the world; it’s the passion and hard work of dedicated individuals that focus their energy and dreams to inspire others to walk forwards with hope of a better future. 

 

Eco-friendly and poison free since 1986, we look forward to welcoming you to www.noosacottages.com

Property Name Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages
Property Size 12 hectares
Property Features Land For Wildlife, Sanctuaries You Can Stay
Owners Linda McHenry
Member Since 2018
Website https://noosacottages.com/
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