Nature and wildlife, flora and fauna. They go hand in hand and it is so special when we can enjoy a hike in such a biodiverse hotspot such as a wildlife sanctuary. In Western Australia, the main location for this is Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary, which is about a 40 minutes drive from Perth, and forms an important wildlife corridor along the Avon River, between Walyunga and Avon Valley National Parks.
Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Darling Range, and sits on the western margin of the ‘Yilgarn Block’, an ancient granite landform that formed over 2.5 billion years ago. The scenic Avon Valley, where Paruna is located, was carved out by the Avon River over thousands of years. The sanctuary itself is characterised by extremely steep slopes, numerous streams and creeklines, and areas of exposed granite. The 2,000 hectare property predominantly follows the southern banks of the Avon River.
The property supports a rich diversity of habitats, and has been the site of several successful mammal reintroductions, including the Black-flanked Rock-wallaby and the Tammar Wallaby.
Choose from three possible trails including the Possum, the Quenda, and the Numbat trail. They all make their way through King Jarrah and Marri forrest, over to the Paruna gorge, and along the steep slopes. The detailed and well maintained trails will surely provide all hikers with a spectacular and challenging hiking experience, with brilliant views and of course some magnificent wildlife sightings.
An opportunity to come face to face with some of Australia’s unique wildlife is a highlight for many. Kangaroos and koalas, being among the most famous, tend to be high on the list and one of the best places close to Perth to see these fascinating marsupials is Yanchep National Park. While koalas are not native to Western Australia, they have been on display at Yanchep since the 1930s when a colony originating from Victoria and Queensland was transferred from the Perth Zoo.
Head off on one of the parks various hikes, such as the Ghost House Trail, and then explore the Koala boardwalk or join one of the Koala talks daily.
Rottnest Island sits just offshore from the city of Perth, and is a protected nature reserve. Home of the famous quokka, the further out of the main settlement that you venture, the more of these little guys that you will discover in their natural habitat.
Hike any section of the Wadjemup Bidi network; a series of walk trails that will take you across spectacular coastal headlands, past stunning inland lakes and encounter both natural and man-made attractions along the way.
Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary
Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary
Yanchep National Park
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The Hike Collective acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we hike. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. The Hike Collective is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.
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