The Crackenback Valley has a diverse range of snowy mountains sub alpine flora and fauna.
The native snowy mountains fauna is often on show particularly on warmer nights. Some species like wombats can be seen under torch light at night while others like the echidna can be spotted in the middle of the day. Dawn and dusk are great times to see wildlife in the valley and you should certainly see kangaroos at these times.
Animal species that can be seen at in Crackenback Valley include kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and emus. Although not native or wanted, rabbits, wild deer, foxes and sheep can be seen, all of which the kids love.
Reptiles are abundant with many varieties of lizards and skinks. The copperhead snake is often seen out in the warmer months looking for a feed from the thousands of frogs that sing a chorus through the evenings.
Kookaburras, Gang-gang Cockatoos, Crimson and Eastern Rosella’s, Thrush’s and Red-breasted Robins can all be seen hopping through the trees or feeding in the native grasses. Wedge-tail Eagles, hawks and falcons often circle above and if your lucky perched on one of the trees waiting for a thermal.
There are many species of native fauna around all of our properties that include trees, shrubs ground cover and grasses.
The predominant feature in the Crackenback Valley is the Snow Gums. Three main eucalypts make up the upper storey of the woodlands. The Black and White Sallees (eucalyptus stellulata and pauciflora) are both snow gums and are unique to the alpine environment. These trees have been twisted and contorted by the harsh environment and have some beautiful colours especially when wet. The Candlebark (eucalyptas rubida) grow much taller and straighter than the snow gums and have a beautiful red trunk in the warmer months. Two species of wattle have are common, the acacia delbater and the acacia melanoxolin and these provide a home for birds and some extra colour in spring.
Some of the grasses and ground cover include Lomandra, Wallaby Grass, Kangaroo Grass, Native Geranium.