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Island Sanctuary

Explore four hectares of bushland

Adjacent to the main street is the Island Sanctuary, preserved in its natural condition. A footbridge leads from the footpath into this area where a walking track winds its way through four hectares of red gum bushland. It also forms part of the Beach to Beach walk, from McLean Beach along the river to Willoughby’s Beach.

The sanctuary is a natural bushland island that has been formed by the Edward River and boasts unique native flora and fauna, including kangaroos and over 100 varieties of birdlife (BYO binoculars!).

Also in the sanctuary is the burial site of 'Old Jack', who suffered at the hands of the notorious Melville gang of bushrangers when they paid Deni an unwelcome visit in 1851.

It’s the perfect spot for a picnic with plenty of grassy spots or picnic tables to choose from. The sanctuary is also pet friendly – just remember to keep your pooch on a leash, so you don’t scare the other wildlife.

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre offer guided cultural tours of the sanctuary, where you can learn about the significance of flora and what it’s traditionally used for, you’ll also have an opportunity to view a scarred tree. Call ahead to book a tour on 03 5881 3312.