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About Quinlan’s

Quinlan’s is a 40-hectare property of bush at Gheerulla (near Kenilworth), inland from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The property was named in honour of Peter and Julanne Quinlan, the couple who bequeathed it to the AKF. Deborah (AKF CEO) took on the ambitious task of establishing Quinlan’s as a one-off bushland showplace asset that embodies the AKF values.
During the establishment phase the focus was on a major clean-up program and a large backlog of maintenance tasks. In this period, there were also significant upgrades to basic facilities and infrastructure, much of which was made possible by generous donations of equipment and labour. This work has provided an excellent foundation for future plans to realise the longer-term vision.

Peter and Julanne Quinlan


For over twenty years, Peter and Julanne Quinlan were well known within their community as committed conservationists. The nature-loving couple were passionate about wildlife and aspired to have their property protected as a wildlife reserve. Peter was an industrial Chemist turned hobby farmer and was previously Chairman of the Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce. Julanne was a trained nurse and keen student, having completed several degrees. The couple generously left their estate (including their 40 hectare bushland home) to the Australian Koala Foundation. The AKF is now able to honour Peter and Julanne’s vision for the property.

Make a donation here today – be part of the Quinlans vision.

Koala Habitat Atlas

As a bushland property, Quinlan’s has important Koala habitat values. The AKF has produced a Koala Habitat Atlas (see right) for the property which identifies and ranks remnant Koala habitat. The white colour is the main house and front paddock, red is primary Koala habitat, green is secondary Koala habitat and yellow indicates the creek.

We are very happy with the property’s bushland, as the vegetation is good for Koalas. With the addition of just a few more Koala food trees, we are confident that we can make most of the property primary habitat for Koalas.

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Quinlans in pictures

Left: Ian Harling, one of the most dedicated people on our team. Right: Rainforest regrowth, how exciting!

Deb’s cabin: ‘Noddy’ bath (named after the Enid Blyton character). There is no hot water at Quinlan’s so the bath has a fire underneath to warm the water.
In May of 2017 – around 300 Koala trees have been planted and Ian, our Manager, has done an amazing job keeping them all watered.We are hoping they will survive the 2017 Summer.
Nature’s Path: These images show you the dam and some of the eclectic farm machinery we inherited. And the top right picture? The wallaby waits at the top of “Nature’s Path” all beautifully green after the floods.
Left: AKF’s Landscape Ecologist, Dave Mitchell. Top: Ian Harling measuring a tree. Right: Field workers.

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