Environment


Temple Byron is not only a venue for those who are health conscious and on a healing path, but also has adopted management principles which:

  • Protect rather then erode the value of natural areas

  • Encourage a broader awareness of the surrounding natural areas

  • Maintain and improve the site’s landscape and scenic value

  • Provide information on the cultural history of the area

  • Create and maintain habitant for native fauna

  • Promote healing modalities that are simple, natural and healthy

Vegetation 

Temple Byron supports a rich variety of plant species that characterise subtropical rainforest, regenerating rainforest and wetlands (Melaleuca Forests) in northern NSW. The floristic recorded on the property are strongly influenced by soil type, topography and moisture.


The area of wetlands surrounding Temple Byron is known to the Bundjalung & Arakwal people as "Cumbebin". The wetlands is a pristine area that captures some of Byron's original environment. It is a magical place that is home to many native plants and animals.


The wetlands are dominated by Meleleuca forests (Paper Park, tea tree) and many native species its fauna include the Eastern long eared Bat another resident of the wetlands is the Wullum Froglet. At only 15mm long, the presence of this rare creature is generally only recognized through its "tinkling" call.  The rarest of all is Mitchell's rainforest snail. Listed as critically endangered, this large land snail is found only in rainforest and swamp forest areas on the coastal plain between Ballina and Tweed Heads. The National Parks and Wildlife Service have made Mitchell's rainforest snail the focus of a recovery plan to try and save this unique species from extinction.

Landscape

Temple Byron’s landscape consists of a wide variety of native plants these include the bangalow palm, Epiphytes such as birds nest fern and stag horn, L. peroffskyana cycad are scattered through out the property. Other plant species on the property include a variety of bamboo, bromeliads and palms adding a unique tropical feel.

Set into the landscape are many ponds, sculptures and areas of contemplation, giving the overall environment a Zen-like charm.

The finished landscape creates a harmonious ecosystem for a wide variety of wild life; amongst these are many different species of butterflies and frogs.

Birds 

A variety of birds have been sighted at Temple Byron the most auspicious bird species seen hovering over the property were the white bellied sea eagle and wedge tailed eagle.

Other bird species have been seen in their natural habitat preferences. Conspicuous tree top species seen in the wetlands and through out the property include the White face heron, pacific black duck, pacific golden plover, and the kookaburra.

The grasslands surrounding the property also support a characteristic bird life. They include brown quail, red backed fairy wren, eastern whipbird, Willie wagtail, green catbird, pied butcher bird and the magpie.

The most sighted bird species recorded is the Emerald dove, white headed pigeon, peaceful dove and the superb woo poo fruit dove.

Also sighted are the nocturnal grass owls.

Mammals 

Also on the property there has been observed the northern bandicoot, echidna, short eared possum and swamp wallaby and sightings of koala bears.