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ISSUE marsupial conservation
The Karakamia Sanctuary, one hour from Perth
near Chidlow, is managed by the Australian Wildlife
Conservancy (AWC) and covers about 275ha of
jarrah forest. The sanctuary supports a range of
threatened species that can now be used as a source
for other sanctuaries. More than 200 woylies have
been sourced from Karakamia to be relocated to a
range of Western Australia’s national parks.
The Karakamia sanctuary was established in
1991 and was the first property to be acquired by
the AWC. It was purchased by businessman – now
AWC chairman – Martin Copley, whose vision it
was to establish Australia’s first private sanctuary for
mammal conservation and public education.
Getting there Karakamia Sanctuary can be accessed
by either Great Eastern Highway or Toodyay Road.
The sanctuary is almost halfway along Lilydale Road
between Chidlow and Toodyay Road. Look for the
Karakamia sign marking the driveway.
What you can do there There is a two-hour
guided spotlight walk conducted at dusk each
Friday and Saturday night. The 3km walk follows
rocky bush tracks and there are some hills and
slippery ground. Participants need to be of moderate
fitness and stable on their feet. While the first part
of the walk is held in daylight the second half is
completed in the dark. Spotlights are carried to
point out the nocturnal animals. A hot drink follows
the walk. Entry costs $20 for adults and $15 for
concession holders or children. There’s also a family
pass (two adults, two children) for $60.
Bookings are essential by contacting the Australian
Wildlife Conservancy on (08) 9572 3169 or email
You can see some of our endangered species a little
closer to the city at Woodland Reserve, where Whiteman
Park’s premier conservation program is run. Woodland
Reserve is providing a world-class breeding facility for
endangered fauna including the woylie.
With more than 50ha of natural woodlands
protected by electrified predator-proof fencing,
Woodland Reserve is designed to provide the public
with an important insight into fauna conservation.
In 2010, eight woylies were introduced into the
reserve and, according to the Environment and
Natural Areas Manager Dr Christine Rafferty, there
are now an extra 16 youngsters. “The woylies are
typically from the hills or the south west jarrah
forest and we are finding that they are adapting
really well to their new environment.”
Getting there Whiteman Park is just a 25-minute
drive from the centre of Perth, with two entrances
off Beechboro Road or Lord Street.
What can you do there The Woodland Reserve
Walk is a scenic trail suitable for all ages. Guided
nocturnal tours are also available.
Bookings are essential for the nocturnal tours. Call
Whiteman Park on (08) 9209 6000.
The Woodland Reserve Trail in Whiteman Park.
“Western Australia is full
of mammal ghost towns”
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