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CAVERSHAM WILDLIFE PARK
OPEN EVERY DAY (Except Xmas Day)
Whiteman Park, Whiteman • p 9248 1984
marsupial conservation ISSUE
The best places in WA
to see woylies and numbats
This 2000ha sanctuary was established by the
Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) in 1998
to create a wildlife corridor between the Walyunga
National Park and the Avon Valley National Park.
Wildlife corridors play an important role in
conservation through the connection of remnant
populations of flora and fauna.
These corridors act as channels through
which animals can move freely, providing
opportunities for recolonisation. After an intensive
feral animal control program, a number of
mammals have now been introduced to these
areas, most notably the woylie and quenda.
Getting there Paruna Sanctuary is located
approximately 50km north-east of Perth.
Access is through Midland, then via Toodyay
and O’Brien roads.
What you can do there Paruna offers a number
of spectacular walking trails through jarrah,
wandoo and powderbark forests. These trails are
usually available between May and November
except when the fire danger is extreme.
There is the easy 2.3km Possum Loop trail that
takes approximately one to two hours. This trail
is highly recommended for families with children,
older walkers and the less physically fit.
The most popular trail in Paruna is the
medium-rated Quenda Circuit, a 6.5km track
taking approximately three to six hours. This
trail, which takes in great views and the Paruna
Gorge, is suitable for families, groups, and
wildflower and nature enthusiasts.
The medium-to-hard rated Numbat Track
is a solid day’s walk (six to nine hours) that takes
in parts of the other two walks. At the time of
printing the track was closed due to earthworks.
These walks can only be arranged on the
weekends. Trail notes are available in the box
just outside the gate. There are picnic tables and
toilets at the beginning of the walks and tables and
seats along the trails. Water is not available.
Bookings are essential for security and access
purposes. The entry cost is $5 per person. To make
a booking call (08) 9572 3169, or email sw_interps@
Less than two hours from Perth, Dryandra Woodland
is one of the prime places in the south-west for
viewing native wildlife, especially woylies.
Getting there There are signposts along the Albany
Highway at North Bannister also on the Great
Southern Highway at Cuballing and at Narrogin.
What you can do there A series of walk and cycle
trails catering for all fitness levels lies within the
woodlands. There is also a unique radio drive trail,
the Sounds of Dryandra Woodland. Visitors can
enter the Barna Mia animal sanctuary where
threatened species can be viewed in a natural
setting. Tour guides are available.
There are also picnic spots at the Old
Mill Dam, the Arboretum, Congelin Dam,
Contine Hill and Lol Gray.
Where to stay Eight self-contained cottages
sleeping up to 12 people and four dormitories
accommodating up to 56 people are available.
Campsites are provided at the Congelin
Campground where there are basic facilities but
visitors need to take their own water. Fees apply.
The Lions Club runs the Dryandra Woodland
Village where accommodation is provided. Bookings
need to be made on (08) 9884 5231.
For more information or bookings within Dryandra
Woodland, contact the Department of Environment
and Conservation Narrogin Office on (08) 9881 9200,
or visit DEC’s website on dec.wa .gov.au.
A honey possum at Paruna Sanctuary (Photography
Australian Wildlife Conservancy).
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