Peter Doan rated Numbat Trail, Avon Valley a 5 out of 5
Spotted at least 12 kangaroos (or they spot you first). Also saw echidnas and plenty of birds.
Access is approx. 50min from Perth
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The Numbat Trail is the most challenging trail at Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary with several steep ascents and descents and numerous stairs to navigate. It's hard work, but the views are worth it if you are up for the challenge. Allow 3-5 hours of hiking and extra time if you like to sit and take in the scenery or stop to take photos.
The Numbat Trail follows the same path as the Quenda Trail with an optional spur loop. If the trail proves too challenging at this point, you can skip the extra loop and head back to the car park along the Quenda Trail.
There are numerous lookouts and seating provided along the trail as you pass through powderbark and wandoo woodlands, past stunning granite outcrops, amazing flowering shrubs and delicate wildflowers inluding several varieties of orchids; donkeys, white spiders pink fairies, and snail orchids.
From the numerous lookouts you can see along the Avon River Valley, the East -West Railway Line and Paruna Gorge.
The scenery changes along the spur loop. Extensive grazing has left an open parkland area of trees with little understorey. From the lookout at the western end of the spur loop you can see down into the Avon River Rapids.
Bird life is prolific along the trail and you are likely to see tiny blue wrens in the undergrowth and magnificent eagles circling above.
Download the brochure from the links tab for detailed trail directions and information about flora, fauna and other interesting features along the trail.
Advance bookings are required and can be made online at Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary - 50km (1hr) north-east of Perth.
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Paruna Sanctuary is open to the public between May and October (Closed November to April)
Entry fees apply - $10pp to help fund the conservation work they are doing
Access is by car only and involves some gravel roads
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