Dryandra Woodland is a nature lover’s dream. This wild wandoo wonderland is the largest remnant of original woodland in Australia’s Western Wheatbelt and is known to be one of the world’s flora and fauna hotspots.
It will only take you two and a half hours to drive from the bustle of Perth city to the scenic serenity of Dryandra Woodland. When you get there, be sure to tune your radio to 100FM for fascinating commentary and insights into the forest’s history and ecology.
In spring, the forest is ablaze with the blooms of more than 850 floral species, making it a popular wildflower day trip from Perth.
Year round, you may also encounter some of the reserve’s 25 species of mammals on a quiet torch-lit walk through the bush at dusk. Look out for the rare and endangered bilby, woylie and numbat, the common grey kangaroo, echidna and Tammar wallaby and the cutest mini-marsupial, the pygmy possum.
For a closer look at these curious furry natives, head for the Barna Mia animal sanctuary where you can join a guided spotlight tour of the animal-viewing enclosure.
By day, a drive, stroll, cycle or horse ride along Dryandra’s many trails will also reward you with glimpses of native birdlife. The forest is a haven to more than 100 species of birds, including the Carnaby’s cockatoo, bush stone curlew and malleefowl.
For a true wandoo wilderness experience, set up camp at the Congelin campsite and listen to the sounds of the forest as you gaze up at a star-filled outback sky. If you need your basic creature comforts, book into one of the heritage-listed forestry cottages, or head for the nearby towns and farmstays for more options.