Sykes' Sanctuary

A 15 hectare sanctuary that was left in trust to the people "for all time'' by an eccentric local man Norman Sykes. It features a tranquil bush setting ideal for seeing local birds and wildlife. The sanctuary features monuments constructed by his son, Ian, that have bizarre inscriptions of mathematical equations. It is said that they explain the universe, philosophy and spirituality.



Norman Sykes was born in 1890 in England and a Leeds University graduate. He worked as an engineer in World War 1 and migrated to Australia in 1947. Eventually he bought 15 hectares of land near Railton. He felt nature was good for the soul and became an eccentric hermit. He was well known in Railton and was often seen riding his bicycle into town for supplies. In 1977 he collected his belongings into a pram, bequeathed his land to the Kentish Council to keep in trust for all the people to enjoy. He moved to Melbourne and never returned. Mr Sykes left his property for nature conservation so all could enjoy the peace, tranquility and serenity it brings. His son Ian constructed two monuments with mathematical equations on them. It is believed they explain the origins of the universe and spirituality through using ancient theories from Pythagoras, Confucius, the Sumerian Oannes, Indian Kapila, Egyptian Imhotep, Chinese Fu Shi, and spiritual leader Buddha. Today Sykes Sanctuary is a spiritual and intriguing place where visitors can quietly sit and listen to birdsong, see wildlife in their natural environs and reflect.

Hours: Open all hours


Sunnyside Road, Railton, Tasmania, Australia, 7316.