Breakaway Walk, Dryandra Woodland
This short one kilometre walk around Contine Hill provides expansive views illustrating the contrast between farmland and the original dryandra woodland which existed before extensive clearing.
About the Trail
Dryandra Woodland features the largest area of remnant vegetation in the western Wheatbelt and forms part of an international biodiversity ‘hotspot’ where more than 850 species of plants can be seen. With less than seven percent of this original vegetation remaining in the western Wheatbelt, Dryandra Woodland is of critical conservation importance and is a proposed national park. The woodland of wandoo, kwongan (the Aboriginal word for heath and shrublands), mallee, sheoak thickets and plantations of brown mallet is home to the numbat, Western Australia’s state fauna emblem. It is also home to other threatened and remarkable fauna such as the red-tailed phascogale, woylie, western grey kangaroo, tammar wallaby, brushtail possum and echidna as well as a diverse variety of reptiles and insects.
The trail follows an eroding escarpment and then descends to meander through various plant communities, granite outcrops and sheoak thickets, before ascending the hill. It starts from the Contine Hill picnic area.