Wugudaji-Adels Grove and the surrounding area is an oasis attracting diverse wildlife. It is not only home to resident animals but also an important corridor for wildlife movement particularly migrating birds.
Lawn Hill Creek provides excellent viewing of freshwater fish and turtles. More than 20 species of fish call Lawn Hill Creek home.
Look out for the vertical spots of the Archer Fish near the surface of the water. He has the ability to shoot a jet of water to the air to knock insects to the water surface.
Johnston crocodiles, a fresh water species (freshies), are also found at Lawn Hill. They are very timid near humans and not considered dangerous unless handled or cornered in some way and swimming in their waters is considered safe.
Occasionally you might see a Black-headed Python – he can be up to 2.5m long, golden brown with dark brown stripes around his body and a shiny black head. Our Olive Pythons can be up to 4m long and are olive in colour. Both are nonvenomous.
Although snakes have the ability to squeeze through small openings they cannot open tent zips or cabin doors.
The rustling you hear in the gardens and palm fronds is most likely the Gilbert’s Dragon. He is a small grey-brown lizard with a white stripe on his jaw and another pale strip on his side.
Tropical trees are planted from all over the world by Albert de Lestang such as the African Sausage tree, Bamboo, Mango trees, Lemon trees and the Fried Egg Flower tree from South Africa, Gooseberry tree from India and Madagascar. Most of the trees in the Grove are Cassia Siamea from Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula.
There are a number of natives, Gum trees, Bauhinia, Acacias, Hakea and Terminalias which are a main part of Wugudaji-Adels Grove. Ask for our bird list on your arrival.