Narrogin neighbours one of the world’s flora hotspots, Dryandra Woodland, making it a favourite base for nature lovers on a quest to witness some of the greatest wildflower displays on Earth and get a glimpse of Western Australia’s mini marsupials.
Taking the Albany Highway south west of Perth, you can reach Narrogin in just under two and a half hours. The picturesque route to Dryandra is just a 22 kilometre drive north from here.
The wandoo wonderland of Dryandra represents the largest remnant of original woodland in Australia’s western Wheatbelt, where spring time brings the blooms of more than 850 floral species and a visit at any time of year is perfect for wildlife spotting. The reserve provides a haven for more than 100 species of birds and 25 species of mammals, from the rare and endangered bilby and numbat to the common grey kangaroo, echidna and possums.
A quiet torch-lit walk through the bush at dusk is the best way to see these marsupials in their natural habitat, or head for the Barna Mia animal sanctuary where you can join a guided spotlight tour of the animal-viewing enclosure.
Taking a walk around the town of Narrogin will delight history buffs and keen gardeners alike. Narrogin is renowned for its picturesque gardens and pioneer architecture. The town’s iconic town hall was officially opened in 1908 and the Old Courthouse now houses the visitor centre, museum and a small arts and crafts gallery.
Beyond the town, ruins of early settler cottages still stand as reminders of its heritage, including Brown’s House, Burley’s Cottage and Trecarne House.
Pack a picnic and head up to Yilliminning Rock for panoramic countryside views. To immerse yourself a little deeper in local country life, book into a local farmstay or choose from Narrogin’s hotels, motels, guesthouses, bed and breakfast accommodation, self-contained units, caravan and camping sites.