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Numbat Trail,  Avon Valley

  • Half day
  • 12 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

Located within the Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary, the Numbat Trail is a challenging 12 kilometre loop with spectacular views of the surrounding Avon Valley. This trail includes several steep climbs and lots of steps.

The Paruna Gorge viewing platform provides a great view of the waterfalls and valley below.
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Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary - 50km (1hr) north-east of 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

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Time / Duration

3-5 hours


12km loop

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary - 50km (1hr) north-east of Perth.

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Bush Walk

Grade 3

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.


Bookings are essential as unique codes are issued for the electronic gate.
  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • View Platform

Best time of year

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

Trail Access

Access is by car only and involves some gravel roads

Prohibited Items

No pets or bikes are allowed
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3 trail goers have rated Numbat Trail,  Avon Valley as 4.67 out of 5!

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Peter Doan

Reviewed 1 Jun 2017, 12:32am

Completed the track on 31 May 2017 and it is a challenging, fun and scenic trail. I'd recommend coming in after a big rainfall or later in winter as it is still a bit dry early on. It is a well marked track and the majority is sheltered. There are some exposed areas. An above average level of fitness is required as there are some bits with a steep switch backs and quite a significant elevation change overall. Allow a good 4 hours to complete the track + breaks.

Spotted at least 12 kangaroos (or they spot you first). Also saw echidnas and plenty of birds.

Access is approx. 50min from Perth
Ashley Cooper

Reviewed 5 Jul 2016, 7:49pm

The Numbat Track is my favourite hike I've been on in the as a day trip from Perth. Very well maintained, challenging and beautiful scenery. I wish I had discovered years ago and I cannot wait to return during the wildflower season.
Peter Ivanac

Reviewed 7 Jun 2016, 8:14am

Allow 4 hours at reasonable pace with 30 lunch break. Well marked tracks with quite a lot of elevation change. Every kilometre has different vegetation and a different view. Very pretty, especially with the rivers flowing.

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