If you enjoy being amongst nature, OCRE is the place to spend at least a few days! The nature experience begins from the comfort of the villa. The floor to ceiling windows enable expansive views across the adjacent fields and scrub, so expect to see kangaroos feeding each morning and at dusk, wedge-tailed eagles soaring and a multitude of parrots and small birds. The superb fairy wren is a common sight amongst the bushes beside the house.
For the more adventurous, take a hike into the beautiful scrub! In this stringy-bark forest you will see where the kangaroos sleep through the day, the echidnas search for food and many lizards find a home. The chatter of the birds and the croaks of the frogs add to the sensory experience as you journey along the rough track. You will see a wide range of native flora, and in spring keep an eye out for the wide variety of native orchids!
Birdwatchers can literally have a field day at OCRE! Our guests are welcome to take self-guided walks or alternatively they may wish to have a personalised tour guided by Neale Dyster. Look at the gallery below to see many of his beautiful bird photos taken at OCRE!
The variety of vegetation from open fields, spring-fed creeks and dams, and stands of large eucalypts through to the dense kangaroo-thorn thickets and stringy-bark forest entice a range of birdlife that delights the bird enthusiast. Visitors are able to use the binoculars and telescope at OCRE to get a closer look, and field guides and local bird listings assist the novice birdwatcher.
Bird photographers are encouraged to submit their photos taken at OCRE for inclusion in our bird gallery.
Our favourite flowers are the native orchids which come out in the spring. These are small and very delicate, and are only found in the stringy-bark scrub. A rough walking is available for guests to get up close with these beauties! Prior to entering the walk, please disinfect your boots with the provided methylated spirits to help keep the scrub disease free.
More Life at OCRE
Some birds and animals can be elusive, but many are easy to spot! Lizards, butterflies and kangaroos are encountered daily and of course our farm animals, the Black Angus cattle and Boer goats, enjoy pasture in the surrounding fields.