In a recent article about the Town of Topiary (Railton) featuring photos by Benita Bell, we included a “Fast Facts” section. Therein, we mentioned Sykes Sanctuary… “40acres of bushland with walking tracks to appreciate abundant local birdlife”. Today, it’s our pleasure to introduce more of Benita’s photos showcasing the natural habitat of another local tourist attraction.
Railton’s Sykes Sanctuary
photos by Benita Bell
Benita tells us Sykes Sanctuary is quite flat, or level in bushwalking terms. Apparently there are many paths to choose from; at least some of the tracks would be suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
The sounds were the most distinctive aspect during Benita’s recent visit to Sykes Sanctuary… “absolutely amazing”, she said. “Birds of all kinds chirping and squawking, rustles in the undergrowth, thumps as wallabies or similar bounced away.”
Unfortunately Benita didn’t capture any wildlife images this time around, during a hasty visit (so we could publish this article). She has however, provided a few photos of animals and birds from the region around Railton. Visitors to Sykes Sanctuary could reasonably expect to see similar birds, for example.
Visitors to Kentish
While we love to share photos (especially those taken by experts) it’s always nice to share at least a snippet of information to accompany the visuals. In this case, we’ll include a quote from the website of the Kentish Visitor Information Centre.
Sykes Sanctuary consists of 40 acres of bushland with abundant birdlife, walking tracks and memorials to Norman Sykes. Norman Sykes was an eccentric conservationist who gave up city life to live close to nature at Railton. He lived in a small shack on 40 acres travelling around only by foot or bicycle. Norman Sykes bequeathed his property to the Railton community with the instruction that it be conserved as a bird and fauna sanctuary. Access to Sykes Sanctuary is off the B14 at Railton.
Railton’s own Town of Topiary website also shares an interesting and informative document about Sykes Sanctuary. It was produced by Year 3/4 students from Railton Primary School and is very impressive. What we’ve seen and heard from others so far is certainly enough to inspire a visit ourselves, next time we find ourselves at a loose end in north west Tasmania.
For more information about images or bookings with Benita Bell, visit Daydream Photography online or follow Daydream Photography via Facebook. Alternatively, you can phone 0497 655 034 and speak to Benita personally.
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