Experiencing biodiversity in the Dryandra

The Dryandra Woodland, near Narrogin, is a rare remnant of the open eucalypt woodlands which covered much of the wheatbelt prior to land clearing which started from the 1890s.

Dryandra’s flora is transitional between that of the moister jarrah forest (generally to the south) and the semi-arid wheatbelt (to the east). It is known particularly for its extensive stands of wandoo, powderbark wandoo and salmon white gum and provides a haven for native flora and fauna.

Powderbark wandoo in Dryandra Woodland | credit: Parks and Wildlife Service, DBCA

This valuable nature conservation area is one of the best places in WA to view native wildlife, with more than 25 mammals, 100 birds and 50 reptiles calling this beautiful area home.

A predator-proof compound containing core populations of western barred bandicoots, banded hare-wallabies, boodies, bilbies and rufus hare-wallabies has been built to provide a safe environment for breeding.

The Dryandra offers a range of trails by foot, bicycle or car. One of the drive trails features audio stories of the area through FM radio at six different stops. The Ochre Trail highlights the Aboriginal heritage of the Dryandra area including an ochre pit.

The Barna Mia animal sanctuary night journey offers the opportunity to see five threatened mammals and two conservation-dependant animals native to Dryandra at close range.

Accommodation is available at the Lions Dryandra Village. Campers are welcome at Congelin Campground and the new Gnaala Mia Campground which have camp sites suitable for tents, camper trailers and caravans. Fees apply.