BUSINESSES

Connecting People with Nature

Tourism and experience-based businesses are key to engaging people with the importance of nature.

Banner image, Mt Rothwell. Photo by Majell Backhausen

Odonata continues to explore opportunities and back entrepreneurs with a vision for experiences in nature and on nature-focused farms.

Reconnecting people to our natural places and engaging them in conservation and species recovery is an important aspect of our work. We are working towards reconnection through partnerships with major NGOs, regenerative farmers and landowners.

Mt Rothwell. Photo by Annette Ruzicka
Mt Rothwell. Photo by Annette Ruzicka

Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre

Our keystone sanctuary Mt Rothwell is open for both public and private guided nocturnal spotlight tours. This safe-haven has a focus on Victorian species with a particular emphasis on species indigenous to the basalt plains grasslands, habitats and open grassy woodlands.

Melbourne Skyfarm

Melbourne Skyfarm is a collaboration between Odonata, Biofilta and The Sustainable Landscape Company that has seen the transformation of a 2000-square metre rooftop carpark into an urban farm and environmental oasis in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.

Melbourne Skyfarm. Photo by Melbourne Skyfarm.
Melbourne Skyfarm. Photo by Melbourne Skyfarm.
Eastern Quoll. Photo by Pete James
Eastern Quoll. Photo by Pete James

Wildbark

Odonata has partnered with iconic Canberra wildlife sanctuary, Mulligans Flat, to develop Wildbark, a venue we hope to be Australia's national threatened species hub. Opening in 2022, this new nature experience will bring together people, cultures and nature at an exciting, informative and unforgettable venue.

Wild Idea Business Incubator

Wild Idea is Odonata’s personalised, ten week, webinar-based incubation program that will take your business from early-stage idea, through to commercial launch. This program is a process of rapid growth for your business idea and you as a founder.

Superb Fairywren. Photo by HW DF
Superb Fairywren. Photo by HW DF
Wombat at Macadamia Castle. Photo by Macadamia Castle
Wombat at Macadamia Castle. Photo by Macadamia Castle

Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Byron Bay’s most popular tourist destination since 1975, Macadamia Castle has been purchased with a view to expand its potential with increased focus on wildlife and nature-based tourism. Renamed Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, this well-known venue much loved and iconic destination, and a top choice for family fun and activities for tourists and locals visiting the norther rivers in NSW.

Byron Bay Mobile Wildlife Hospital

Byron Bay Mobile Wildlife Hospital brings together the best wildlife veterinarians in the country to provide urgent care to threatened and injured Australian animals. The business is operated from a customised semi-trailer sized veterinary hospital, which can be rushed to wherever the wildlife emergency is.

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital staff caring for a Bush Stone-curlew chick. Photo by Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital
Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital staff caring for a Bush Stone-curlew chick. Photo by Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital
Photo by Pete James
Photo by Pete James

Fitzroy Falls Raptor Centre

Raptor Recovery Australia is dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured, sick and infant birds of prey.

NatureBoss

NatureBoss is an Odonata initiative, it is an online marketplace that connects corporate teams with environmental groups that can facilitate meaningful experiences in nature. NatureBoss is on a mission to evolve the way businesses connect with the environment. Our technology is revolutionising the way that businesses can book their staff in for experiences in nature, that really make a positive social impact.

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Eucalyptus sapling. Photo by Zoe Schaeffer
Eucalyptus sapling. Photo by Zoe Schaeffer

Project Biome & Farmer's Footprint

Project Biome is the parent organisation of the highly respected and paradigm disrupting charity, Farmer’s Footprint.

Developed by Zach Bush MD in 2019 the project is informing and inspiring thousands of consumers, farmers and stakeholders to the potential of regenerative agriculture.