Recreation & Facilities
Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary is 380 hectare reserve visited by bushwalkers, bird watchers, field naturalist groups, families, groups and school parties.
- There are a range of walks available which lead to points of interest such as Secret Cave, Brown's Caves Creek, Guvy's Lagoon and Flat Rock lookout points.
- A carpark with bus turning circle plus several areas suitable for picnics and gatherings with toilets, bbqs & picnic facilities, meeting room availability and toilets on site.
- For viewing of Day Dawn Cottage museum, the former Chauncy family home, it is necessary to make an appointment. Entry fee to Day Dawn Coattage is $2.00 per adult, and a $20 fee for school groups (please note, due to the compact size of Day Dawn, each group is restricted to 15 people at a time).
- If just visiting the Reserve for picnics, bbqs, meetings or walks, there is a $2 entry donation for adults which may be placed in the donation box at the front gate. Entry for children is free.
- Information regarding walks, facilities and safety can be sourced at several points in the reserve or from from the caretaker.
- The reserve is closed to visitors on days of high fire danger.
With it’s enchanting nature, heritage, culture and history, Chauncy Vale has shared a role in creating many meaningful experiences for over 3 generations of Tasmanian schools, families, individuals and community groups.
Your visit to Chauncy Vale is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind experience and a day you’ll never forget.
Chauncy Vale connects visitors through inspiring stories of Nan, Anton, her family, the incredible diversity of life, heritage, history and natural habitat unique to this area.
Below you will find all the information that you need in order to plan a perfect day out, but please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!
NEW PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES ON THE WAY
In an exciting new development for Chauncy Vale, two new pedestrian bridges are to be installed. The bridges, over Browns Caves Rivulet, will enable the popular Caves Loop Walk to be an all weather, all seasons walk. Currently, even at low water flows, the rivulet can be tricky to cross and quite hazardous.
This project is part of Southern Midlands Council's and the Chauncy Vale Management Committee's commitment to gradual improvement of infrastructure and visitor experiences at Chauncy Vale.
Some disturbance to the walking track network is required for site preparation and installation of the pedestrian bridges - we apologise if this temporary situation affects your experience at Chauncy Vale. It is expected that the bridges will be installed by early summer 2020.
Walking track upgrades and improvements are also planned in conjunction with the new bridges with the view to making the Caves Loop Walk more appealing and accessible enabling more people to enjoy and appreciate the natural and cultural heritage attractions of the reserve.
The project is funded by both Southern Midlands Council and with a grant from the Australian Government's Communities Development Program.
chauncy vale meeting room
The Peter Bird Memorial meeting room / public shelter is in a secluded bush setting and has a wood heater, kitchenette, gas oven, tea/coffee, couches, meeting table, spacious deck and BBQ for your next meeting, function, workshop or event. The indoor space is functional for up to about 12 people but larger groups can be accommodated if using the spacious deck as well. Large doors open out onto the deck.
Stay a while longer and enjoy the peaceful ambience of Chauncy Vale and explore some of the bush trails. There are four campervan sites available at Chauncy Vale and the fee is $10 per night. The fee can by placed in the donation box or given to the Caretaker.
Please note there are toilets and fresh water at Chauncy Vale but no electricity or showers.
Caravans are not recommended due to the tight turning areas.
It is worth phoning ahead to check availability
2 NIGHT MAXIMUM STAY
03 6268 6365 or 0422 936027
The Sanctuary is managed by the Chauncy Vale Management Committee according to a statutory management plan (1993). A revised Joint Management Plan with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) was completed in 2010 which covers both Chauncy Vale and the TLC’s neighboring Flat Rock Reserve. Together, the two reserves protect over 800 hectares of native bushland. This protected area is bolstered by a 450 ha conservation covenant adjoining Chauncy Vale to the south and the 275 ha Alpha Pinnacle Conservation Area adjoining Flat Rock Reserve to the north (Figures 16 & 17).
Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary and Flat Rock Reserve are managed with the intention that they be managed in a way that:
· ensures the protection of its natural and cultural heritage features, and
· encourages its use for education and passive recreation purposes.
Chauncy Vale has important statewide context in that it provides reservation for dry sclerophyll woodlands that are poorly represented in Tasmania’s reserve system. These woodlands support a high diversity of wildlife with the bird diversity being a particular highlight. Shady riparian vegetation lines Browns Caves Rivulet which also forms a geological boundary with dolerite to the north and sandstone to the south. The weathered sandstone escarpments are a feature of Chauncy Vale and are a focus for many visitors who come to see Browns Caves.
Chauncy Vale is particularly important in terms of its threatened vegetation communities and habitat for threatened species