Patchewollock Conservation Retreat


A guided tour of our 168 acre conservation property adjoining Wyperfeld National Park

The best times for a tour are early mornings or late afternoon (times vary depending on the season). During summer we regularly see Malleefowl (listed as a threatened species) feeding at dusk and our water points are popular with parrots including Blue Bonnets, Mulga Parrots and Mallee Ringnecks.

Walk up sand dunes and over grassy plains to see the huge variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses that thrive in the Mallee. As you walk along a fire break track you’ll see on one side an area that was burnt in 2014, compared with the other side of the track which remained intact. A comparison between the two areas shows the resilience of the landscape as it bounces back with increased diversity, spurred on by the fire.

These plants attract a plethora of animals. In addition to the stunning birds we see a range of insects, reptiles and mammals.

Tours are tailored to your interests and include the use of a bird hide set up at a permanent water point. Perfect for bird nerds and photographers!

Cost: $50 per person for 2 hours. If you wish to stay and wander or use the bird hides for the rest of the day, it will be a further $70 (or $50 for staying guests).

Test your sleuthing skills on our sandy tracks… click photos & hover for the answer

Keep your eyes peeled for creatures great and small…

I was in Melbourne for work recently so decided to extend my stay so I could include a trip up to the Mallee and see Michael and Louise’s slice of paradise. Living in Brisbane, I had a list of target birds l wanted to see and thanks to Michael’s knowledge of the area, I was able to see and photograph 13 lifers in 3 days. It was fantastic. When you add the permanent hide and water source on their bush block and the revegetation areas around the house, there is never a dull moment. My only complaint was I couldn’t stay longer; I will definitely be planning another trip in the future. Once just isn’t enough!
— Stewart Melton, Brisbane
Many thanks to Louise and Michael for the wonderful tour of your property. Your passion and enthusiasm for the environment is truly catching. The variety of bird life and native vegetation, plus the revegetation on your property is extensive and well worth seeing. We thank you for your time, patience and hospitality.
— Sue and Neil Davis, Birchip
I saw my very first Malleefowl, and taking a walk up the sand dunes to watch the sunset was spectacular. Louise and Michael are excellent custodians of their conservation property, and they are so happy to share with visitors their love and knowledge of the local flora and fauna.
— Tanya Loos, Daylesford