Wombat Bend is a natural wildlife sanctuary. It lies in the heart of Victoria’s Yarra Valley, 65km north east of Melbourne. Created by Bill Molyneux and Sue Forrester in 1980 from a flat treeless cow paddock, it now provides permanent habitat for over 100 species of native birds, together with possums, gliders, echidnas, micro-bats & phascogales, and of course wombats; and a remarkable range of insects, frogs & fish.
It is due to the varied and rich habitat niches provided that such a wide range of birds & other wildlife is attracted to Wombat Bend.
The Burrow at Wombat Bend is a beautiful self-contained secluded retreat suited to one couple. It offers the dedicated bird watcher ample space and with all home comforts supplied in which to explore this sanctuary. Bird lists, bird books and high quality binoculars are provided for guests to borrow.
The wildlife, while naturally free, is largely accustomed to some human activity, and is therefore more readily observed and photographed. Many species of honeyeaters, wrens, robins, flycatchers, kingfishers and parrots are permanent inhabitants. Some of our rarer-seen species include the Mistletoe Bird & Rufous Songlark (seasonally visiting), Reed Warbler & Nankeen Night Heron, all taking advantage of habitat opportunities.
There is nothing more soothing to the senses than to quietly watch the water birds going about their daily business on and around the billabong; be amused and delighted with the parrots and pigeons that descend on the swing feeders when seed is spread for them; be captivated with the little dancing Blue Wrens and the Grey Fantails, and wake each morning to the pure carolling of the Magpies and the songs of the Willy Wagtails.
It’s not only a sanctuary for wildlife. It’s a sanctuary for people too. For the bird-watcher, natural historian, writer, photographer & artist, the inspiration is endless, and your space uninterrupted.
Wombat Bend is also central to all of the Yarra Valley attractions, including of course the world-class Healesville Sanctuary, where close-up experiences are among the ‘must haves’ of the region. For those who are time-poor, this offers one of the best chances to see Australian wildlife in natural surroundings.
We also offer two specialist Wildlife Tours for bird watchers and those with broader natural history interests. Details can be found on our website:
We look forward to providing you with take-home memories that will remain a highlight of your bird-watching experiences.