Trail Network: Dryandra Woodland

Dryandra Woodland, near Narrogin, offers a range of trails for you to enjoy by foot, bicycle or in the comfort of your car. The trails vary in length from one to more than 25 kilometres and one of the drive trails features audio stories of the area through FM radio at six different stops. The Ochre Trail, highlights the Aboriginal heritage of the Dryandra area including an ochre pit.

Visit the Barna Mia animal sanctuary on a delightful night time journey to see five threatened mammals and two conservation-dependant animals native to Dryandra at close range.

Dryandra Woodland is a valuable nature conservation area featuring the largest remnant of original vegetation in the western Wheatbelt. More than 25 mammals, 100 birds and 50 reptiles call Dryandra home, including Western Australia’s state mammal emblem, the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus).

Fauna

Although the numbat is Dryandra's best known inhabitant, woylies, tammar wallabies, brushtail possums, tawny frogmouths, kangaroos and wallabies are regularly seen here. More than 100 species of birds live in the area, including the mound-building malleefowl. A predator-proof compound containing core populations of western barred bandicoots, banded hare-wallabies, boodies, bilbies and rufus hare-wallabies has been built to provide a safe environment for breeding.

Flora

Dryandra is an especially scenic area with magnificent woodlands and spectacular wildflowers in spring. The open eucalypt woodlands of white-barked wandoo and powderbark covered much of the Wheatbelt before it was cleared for farming. Thickets of rock sheoak provide habitat for several of Dryandra's rare species.


Stay Awhile

Accommodation is available at the Lions Dryandra Village. Campers are welcome at Congelin Campground and the new Gnaala Mia Campground which has camp sites suitable for tents, camper trailers and caravans. Fees apply.  Basic facilities are provided, but please bring your own water.


Getting there

Dryandra Woodland is less than two hours drive from Perth on sealed roads. Roads within the Woodland are unsealed, but accessible by all vehicles.


Drive trails

There are two self drive tours the visitor can take through Dryandra Woodland.

The 25-kilometre Audio Drive trail includes a radio commentary broadcast on 100FM as you move from site to site. There are six stops along the drive, each with a different story. Discover the relationships between people and Dryandra Woodland through the years. The sounds of the past will come to life with tales of local Aboriginal people, early forestry days, bush railways and some of Dryandra’s unique wildlife.

The 23-kilometre Darwinia Drive Trail includes five pull-over bays where interpretive information is provided on the complexity and interdependence of natural systems at Dryandra. Using specific examples of relationships thisdrive will take you into the heart of the woodlands. Pack a picnic lunch or take a short walk to search for orchids near the granite outcrop at stop five.

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Wandoo woodland

Photo Credit: Pam Riordan