Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest private conservation areas in Tasmania. Just 40km north of Hobart and 4km east of the township of Bagdad, Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary is the top end of a narrow valley running east-west between the Midland Highway and the Coal River Valley.
It was once the home of Tasmania children’s writer, Nan Chauncy. Nan Chauncy used Browns Cave at Chauncy Vale as the inspiration for the setting of her famous childrens novel They Found a Cave – a story about a bushranger who hides out in the cave. The sanctuary was bequeathed to the local council (now the Southern Midlands Council) by Anton Chauncy in 1988, with a later gift of the house and home paddocks by his and Nan’s daughter, Heather.
Friends of Chauncy Vale Inc. organises an annual Open Day on a Sunday in January with exhibitions, stalls, afternoon teas and guided walks.
Links to information about Chauncy Vale
- Chauncy Vale information from the Friends of Chauncy Vale (may be out of date)
- Youtube movie intro and credits – They Found a Cave