The Cedars is the largest private wildlife sanctuary in all of Kangaroo Valley. See below for all the different types of native & introduced animals who call The Cedars home.
Kangaroos and Wallabies
Yes, there are kangaroos in Kangaroo Valley, in fact most of them are technically wallabies although in the drier western parts of the Valley you may see mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos grazing in the paddocks in the late afternoons and early morning. Many of the other ‘roos’ are actually wallabies. The Swamp Wallaby with its dark fur and pretty face inhabits the wetter forest and rainforest areas. These are ‘browsers’ rather than ‘grazers’ and eat leaves and shoots from trees and shrubs so are not likely to be seen out in the open. Red Necked Wallabies are also found in the Valley and the Valley is home to a colony of the very rare and endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby.
Your best chance of spotting kangaroos and wallabies is early morning and in the late afternoon, just around dusk. Remember if you are driving at these times, to travel slowly (not more than 30kph) as sometimes the roos stray onto the roads.
Brushtailed Rock Wallaby
These shy and elusive creatures are mainly active at night and you are unlikely to see one whilst visiting. They can be recognised by their thick furry dark brown tail. This wallaby is now listed as endangered and is the only rock-wallaby present in eastern NSW. Its numbers have drastically declined since European colonisation mainly due to foxes, dogs and loss of habitat. Rock-wallabies live on the rocky sandstone escarpments and cliffs, in fissures and caves.
Their diet is grass and foliage and fruits of shrubs and trees. Kangaroo Valley has a colony of Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies and an organisation ‘Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby’ is devoted to the preservation of this species. To find out more visit www.rockwallaby.org.au
Kangaroo Valley is also home to the wombat, a funky, furry little animal closely related to the koala but terrestrial instead of tree dwelling. They can grow up to 1.3m long and weigh up to 36kg. Wombats live in complex tunnel systems that they dig into the deeper, looser soils of the escarpment forests and alluvial soils of the Valley floor. Their burrows can be up to 30m long and several metres deep. Wombats come out for breakfast just on dusk and are often seen grazing by the road sides at night. They eat native tussock grasses and roots of shrubs and trees.
They may graze from 3 – 8 hours every night and can cover up to 3k to find food. Wombats have been protected in NSW since 1970. Please drive slowly at dusk and dark to avoid killing these beautiful animals. A good time to see wombats is just before dusk, but remember to keep your distance and just watch quietly.
Another Australian animal that lives here is the spiny echidna often seen burrowing its strong snout into the earth and under logs to lick up termites and other insects. One of Australia’s rare egg-laying marsupials, a monotreme, it will curl up into a tight spiny ball if disturbed. You will often see echidnas on the banks or edges of road, driveways and paths. They are most active and visible in the springtime.
Both Brush-tailed and Ring-tailed possums live in the valley. They are both marsupial. Brush-tailed Possums can be as large as a domestic cat, have a pink nose, sharp claws and big eyes and ears. They are grey/brown in colour with a long ‘brush’ tail. They live in forests and woodlands and are active at night feeding on leaves, buds, fruit and flowers. Ring-tailed Possums are smaller and have a smooth, thin tail that they can hook around branches when moving through the trees. Again be on the lookout for these cute animals when driving through the valley at night as they sometimes have to cross the road.
Sugar Gliders are very cute and furry. They live in the tall eucalypt forests on the coastal ranges of Kangaroo Valley. They glide by stretching out their front and back limbs which are connected by a membrane, they can cover distances of 50m at a time. Sugar gliders feed at night and have a diet of nectar, insects, sap and pollen. If you spend time in these forests at night you will often hear their call a bit like a soft dog bark…’Yip, yip, yip’. They nest in tree hollows in mature forests. Habitat loss due to clearing is a threat to their survival. Sugar gliders are protected in NSW. You will be lucky to actually see a sugar glider but walking in the wetter, taller forests at night you may hear them calling each other.
The Cedars is a great place for bird watching. The many bush walks will give you great opportunities to spot birds. See the bush walking info on this site, follow the link to Morton National Park or check out the local maps and bush walking guide ‘Kangaroo Valley and adjacent National Parks’ for details. A pair of binoculars is a great advantage in identifying different birds. Just staying still and quiet and observing the passers by is a lovely experience. A fabulous range of birds visit and live in Kangaroo Valley. You will be sure to see a great selection of these feathery visitors during your visit. Click here for a complete list of Birds that have been part of a study at The Cedars.
Here is a list of some of the most recognisable birds you may see at The Cedars:
Satin Bower Bird; Currawong; Magpie; Crested Pigeon;
Rainbow Lorikeet; King Parrot; Crimson Rosella; Kookaburra;
White Faced Heron; Sulphur Crested Cockatoo; Galah;
Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo; Eastern Rosella;
Welcome Swallow;Willie Wagtail; Superb Blue Wren