Secret Creek Sanctuary has been in existence since 2001 and is situated in an idyllic setting just 2 minutes drive from the centre of Lithgow on the edge of the Blue Mountains but it feels like you are miles away from civilisation.
The sanctuary was set up to provide a feral proof enclosure where endangered native species are protected from predation. The sanctuary aims to show visitors what Australia used to look like prior to European settlement with most species previously endemic to the area.
The sanctuary is best known for the reintroduction of the Eastern Quoll to NSW in 2001. Now also home to Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies, Potoroos, Bettongs, Tasmanian Devils, Tiger quolls, dingoes and soon koalas and Mountain Pygmy Possums.
Interpretive walks are available by appointment.
ABOUT THE SANCTUARY
The overall goal of Secret Creek Sanctuary is to save endangered native species so although you will see some of the animals if you visit during the day most are nocturnal so you won't see them all unless you book a tour.
Tours are only done at dusk and with a guide but self guided interpretative walks are currently being developed.
Many animals roam free in their natural environment within the sanctuary. Of an evening you will see Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies, Long-nosed Potoroos, Rufous Bettongs, Parma wallabies, Red-necked Pademelons, Red-necked Wallabies, Swamp Wallabies and Emus roaming safe and free. Animals held in purpose-built facilities include our predators: Tasmanian Devils, Eastern Quolls, Spotted-tailed Quolls, Alpine Dingoes and soon you will also see Koala and Mountain Pygmy Possums in their purpose-built enclosures.
TOURS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY— book here online or contact Trevor on 0408 695 958.
Personalised guided tours are conducted at dusk on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: $18 adult, $10 children.
PROJECTS - AEFI
Australian Ecosystems Foundation is a not-for-profit registered environmental organisation dedicated to saving Australian wildlife by protecting habitats and maintaining natural ecological processes.
The AEFI Management Committee is made up of a variety of industry representatives including conservation biologists, tourist operators, research scientists, accountants, public servants, Indigenous teachers, farmers and business executives. This combination allows AEFI to manage tis reserves and wildlife with a broad range of experiences, skills and knowledge on hand.
We manage or assist in the management of important habitats to ensure that the wildlife within is protected. We are involved in the management of over 3000 hectares of land as well as conducting research and captive breeding to improve the future for Australian endangered wildlife.
We currently reach thousands of Australians and internationals who want to help save Australian wildlife, and our reach is rapidly building. With your help, we will continue grow and protect endangered ecosystems and wildlife across Australia.
We work with a range of partners to educate, inform and conserve. This includes government agencies, universities, and volunteer and community groups. By working together with other organisations we can share expertise and resources to increase the effectiveness of our conservation work, and it's sustainability.
For more information on our projects go to https://www.ausecosystems.org.au/