Created on the site of reclaimed land, the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman is a restored wetland habitat. It is one of the few places in Victoria where people can enjoy the restorative qualities of nature. We have developed the area as a park for people and in 2012 the Sanctuary became the first park in Africa to join the Healthy Parks Healthy People network. This is an international network which works to recognise the contribution of nature to our wellbeing. In 2011 the Sanctuary was awarded the World Leisure International Innovation Prize.
As well as offering a natural retreat, the following activities are also available at the Sanctuary:
Green health programme – our successful green health programme is based at the Sanctuary. This involves a weekly programme of yoga led by our trained yoga professional. There is also our green exercise area, with equipment for self-led fitness and stamina building.
Mangroves for mankind – discover more about mangrove at our restored mangrove wetland. Mangroves are essential coastal habitats for building natural resistance to climate change. Our demonstration site explains how mangrove works and how restoring this essential habitat can be done.
Nature Trail - weaving through the Sanctuary is a short easy to follow nature trail that leads to a bird hide overlooking a large wetland pool. Along the way there is opportunity to see a range of wildlife which inhabits the site.