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