The WOODSTOCK Wildlife Sanctuary grew from Scott Collett’s decision to conserve approximately seven acres of natural scrub to showcase some Australian native animals. The animals living in the sanctuary are all rescued wildlife.
WOODSTOCK currently has six Red and eight Western Grey Kangaroos, some Red Necked, Swamp & Tamar Wallabies and an Emu (the very friendly “Maverick”). Koalas in the sanctuary can come and go as they please but you can often spot one or two sleeping peacefully in the large gum trees within the fence.
Supervised feeding takes place every day at 11:30am and visitors to WOODSTOCK Wine Estate’s Restaurant and The Stocks Tasting Room are welcome to join the session. You just need to book in with Woodstock Cellar Door Team beforehand for a quick safety briefing before meeting the friendly but still wild animals! They forget their manners sometimes when they are hungry and parents are reminded to supervise any small children when entering the sanctuary.
The feeding sessions are currently free but WOODSTOCK welcomes small donations in the collection box outside the sanctuary with proceeds going towards feed, maintenance and planned upgrades to the sanctuary.
In the future WOODSTOCK will create a cat proof inner sanctuary and introduce ground dwelling marsupials such as Potoroos and Bettongs to keep the species active within this region. The wildlife numbers in the sanctuary will grow through breeding, and as more saved, hand-reared animals are offered to WOODSTOCK’s care.
The McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association acknowledges the Kaurna people as the Traditional Owners of the Country where the McLaren Vale Region is situated today, and pays its respect to Elders past and present.