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By 13 September 2021News

The Macadamia Castle has been a well-loved significant icon for the Byron region for nearly 50 years, and for just the third time in its history, there will be a change in ownership.

After 14 years as The Castle’s owner, Tony Gilding has sold the Macadamia Castle to a not-for-profit company called Wildlife Recovery Australia (WRA). Contracts have been exchanged and the settlement date will be 30 September 2021, meaning WRA will be the new owners on 1 October 2021.

It is with great sadness that Tony has announced his retirement, following a cancer diagnosis which requires him to focus on his health and family. During his time at The Castle, Tony has overseen significant changes including establishing conference facilities, expanding the range of wildlife, developing a conservation and education programme – along with the popular free flight bird show – and most recently building a water play feature to make The Castle even more appealing to young families.

Tony would love to thank each and every one of you for your loyalty and patronage during my time at The Castle. He is delighted to see WRA as the new owners. This much-loved community focused business will be in amazing hands and will continue on its current course as the first choice for education, conservation and entertainment for local families and visitors.

How will this affect me?
The Macadamia Castle will continue to trade under its current operating model offering customers wildlife-themed visitor experiences, fabulous cafe, nuts, fine food and gifts.

Parks Pass holders will continue to enjoy all the same benefits, with new nature-themed experiences and loyalty customer benefits introduced over time. We would also love to announce a lockdown bonus to annual passes, and we are extending the expiry date to compensate for days lost in lockdown. We are also extending any gift voucher expiry dates to 31 December 2021.

All events and school groups bookings will be honoured. If you would like to make a new event booking you may still do so via [email protected] or by calling 02 6687 8432.

About Wildlife Recovery Australia
WRA is a joint venture of two not-for-profit companies, Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital and Odonata Foundation. WRA runs mobile wildlife hospitals and builds predator-proof sanctuaries. It is led by a team of veterinarians, threatened species specialists and environmental entrepreneurs who work together to rescue injured animals and revitalise threatened species.

WRA will build on the significant legacy of conservation and animal welfare work conducted by Tony and the dedicated staff over many years.

Its mission is to conserve, protect and ensure positive welfare outcomes for Australian wildlife through treatment, rehabilitation, research and education.

WRA have inspiring plans to gradually introduce more native wildlife, interactive educational programmes, new nature-themed experiences and loyalty customer benefits. WRA also intend on retaining the services of staff, contractors, creditors and suppliers as they take The Macadamia Castle into an exciting future.

Along with some friendly new faces joining the existing staff, the main change you’ll notice is that the Macadamia Castle will be the new, permanent home for Byron Bay Mobile Wildlife Hospital. The 22-wheel, fully equipped and self-sufficient veterinary hospital will be powered using the Macadamia Castle’s solar power and battery charging station. Through a dedicated veterinary team led by Dr Bree Talbot, it will continue to provide expert veterinary treatment and care for wildlife patients free of charge. The Macadamia Castle will also be the departure point for the deployment of the Mobile Wildlife Hospital to respond to injured, diseased, traumatised or stranded native animals during a crisis, anywhere in Australia.

Now that we are emerging from the current restrictions impacting businesses across Australia, The Macadamia Castle along with its dedicated staff and WRA look forward to welcoming you back to embark on this exciting new chapter together!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions:

[email protected] | 02 6687 8432