If you are after an encounter with native life after dark, Dryandra Woodlands is the destination. Dryandra is located a 164km south-east of Perth.
In the heart of the woodlands you will find the Barna Mia animal sanctuary. Join a tour after sunset on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays to observe various species at close range. The tour lasts for about 2 hours.
There are quite a variety of walk trails to explore on your own during the day. Remember to take along plenty of water as there is no water available on any of the trails.
Woylie Walk starts at the Old Mill and is a 5.5km loop that takes you through a variety of different vegetation. Wandoo Walk is a short 1km return walk to do after sunset. Special markers that reflect torchlight will show you the way. During the day this walk is excellent for bird watching.
The focus is not all on the native wildlife, you can also learn about the special relationship between the Nyoongar people and Dryandra. The Ochre Trail was designed for this purpose. It is an easy 5km return walk starting at Stop 1 on the Sounds of Dryandra Audio Drive.
Kawana Walk is an easy 3.3km return walk starting near the Settlement. It meanders through wandoo and mallet plantations. Lol Gray Trail is a 12.5km walk that takes you to the old Lol Gray fire tower. To find out about European history of Dryandra, you have to do Congelin Siding Walk. It is a short 1.6km walk that follows the old railway line.
Sounds of Dryandra Audio Drive help you discover the relationship between people and the Dryandra Woodlands through the years. There are six stops along the trail, each with a different story.
Basic camping facilities are available Congelin camp ground. Just remember to bring your own water. The dams have untreated water that could contain amoebic meningitis bacteria and are therefore not safe for drinking or swimming. If camping is not your forte, accommodation can be found at the Settlement in the form of beautifully restored old woodcutter’s cottages. More photos.