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Dawn Atwell Nature Reserve, Toodyay Dawn Atwell Nature Reserve, Toodyay

  • 1-3 hours
  • 5 km

The Dawn Atwell Nature Reserve is 85 hecatres in area and has a five kilometre easy walk around the perimeter. The reserve is now filled with over one hundred species of wildflowers.

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Named after a Toodyay Naturalists’ Club founding member this, beautiful Shire managed reserve has a special community history. The Club successfully campaigned for the reserve to be vested for nature conservation. The reserve now protects a range of pristine native vegetation from Banksia Woodland in the sandy eastern part through to Jarrah, Marri and Powderbark Wandoo. 
The reserve is easily accessed from Julimar Road with a parking area, picnic table and interpretive signage near the corner of Parkland Drive. The fire breaks and tracks are ideal for walking and the terrain is relatively flat. There are two tracks that run across the reserve that can be used as shortcuts from the main track.
This reserve is renowned for its wild flowers with over a hundred species recorded there from the endangered Star Sun Orchid Thelymitra stellata to the spectacular Banksia menziesii, Fire Wood Banksia. Some 33 bird species have been observed here.

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Time / Duration

Up to one hour


5km loop

What To Pack

Group B - Hiking & Long Distance Trails (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Corner of Julimar Road and Parkland Drive, 97 km east of Perth

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Trail End


  • Car Park
  • Sheltered Area

Best time of year

May to October

Trail Access

Road to Toodyay (1.5 hours drive from Perth)

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1 trail goers have rated Dawn Atwell Nature Reserve, Toodyay as 4 out of 5!

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Amy Pannell

Reviewed 13 Sep 2020, 12:53pm

lovely easy bush walk with some wildflowers and not too busy

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