Marradong Trails - The Great Outdoors
Marradong Country features beautiful rolling hills, valleys, forests and rivers. Rich agricultural lands create a patchwork of colours throughout the seasons and vast, pristine night skies beckon the photography enthusiast. Re-connect with nature via walking trails, camping and caravanning spots and native flora and fauna reserves.
About the Trail
Leave Armadale and travel 46km down the Albany Highway to the entrance of the Mt Cooke Walk Trail. This trail leads to the highest point in the Darling Range at 582 meters above sea level. Spend about 4 hours here walking the trail before departing to Threeways in North Bannister for a late morning tea or early lunch. Leave North Bannister and head toward Wandering and set up camp in the Wandering Caravan Park. Head to the Wandering Tavern for a delicious late lunch and local wine. In the afternoon walk the Nature and Heritage Trail from the Caravan Park along the Wogolin Gully.
Depart Wandering and head to the Dryandra State Forest. You can enjoy the various campsites and facilities here or book a cabin in the Dryandra Woodlands Lions Village. Explore the various Walktrails throughout Dryandra and book a tour of the Barna Mia Nocturnal Wildlife Experience. Stay one to two nights here.
Leave Dryandra via York Williams Road and stop in at the Williams Nature Reserve on the Way to Williams. Discover the native flora and fauna here and take in the views of the farming landscape that surround it. Enjoy some lunch in Williams at any of the various cafes and roadhouses. Head to Quindanning in the afternoon. Enjoy the scenic drive through Quindanning via Lower Hotham road and notice the changing landscapes through mining acitvity on Mt Saddleback. Keep travelling along Harvey-Williams Road and visit the site of the old Long-Gully bridge on part of the Bibbumun track. Enjoy dinner at the Quindanning Hotel. Stay the night here or continue to Boddington via Pinjarra-Williams Road.
Visit the Boddington Interpretive Centre to learn more about the environment, landscape and mining acitivty in the area. Walk along the banks of the picturesque Hotham River before heading out to the Tullis Walk Trail, west of Boddington. Head back into town and enjoy lunch at one of the cafes on the main street. After lunch, head down Ranford Road and pull in at Ranford Pool & River Walk. Head back to the Albany Highway via Crossman and return to Perth.