QLD: Cloudlake Mountain Retreat - Richard and Rosemary Jones
Richard and Rosemary Jones are the owners of 'Cloudlake Mountain Retreat', a property located approximately 40km north-east of Toowoomba. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary offering eco-friendly accommodation in the form of two private houses on the lake. It is Richard and Rosemary's intent to continue to use the property for the benefit of the local environment, while providing eco-tourism and managing their land in accordance with organic and sustainable principles. The property is also a member of Land for Wildlife.
4Cloudlake Mountain Retreat is set on 26.6 hectares and located in Ravensbourne on a spur of the Great Dividing Range at an altitude of 2100 feet. Oakley Creek, which rises on the north slope of Mt. Perseverance, snakes its way through the centre of the property and rather than being a riparian boundary, enables management of both sides of the valley.
Vegetation predominantly comprises of remnant warm temperate rainforest and vine scrub along the creek, providing a link with nearby Ravensbourne National Park. Red cedars (Toona australias), black beans (Castanospermum australe), bungalow palms (Archontophoenix cunninghamii), flooded (Eucalyptus grandis), blue (E. saligna) and tallowwood (E. microcorys) gums, tree ferns (Cyathea cooperii) and an understorey of vines and ferns provides an important wildlife habitat. Two very special trees – a blue gum (Eucalyptus saligna) and a tallowwood (E. microcorys) – are listed on the Australian Register of Big Trees and are both estimated to be 500 years old.
Wildlife known to inhabit the property includes platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), whiptail wallabies (Macropus parryi), long-nosed bandicoots (Perameles nasuta), land mullets (Egernia major) and more than 130 species of birds. Museum collectors of moths and land snails have also collected specimens including newly classified on Cloudlake.