Barna Mia – an unforgettable journey

Nocturnal forager at Barna Mia

Situated in the heart of the Dryandra Woodland about 170 kms south-east of Perth, the predator proofed Barna Mia is a place to discover threatened native marsupials in a natural setting. Guided tours through this 1000-hectare fenced sanctuary begin after sundown. With the help of special red spotlights, visitors can see animals such as bilbies, …

National Wildflower Conference

The Wildflower Society of Western Australia will host the 2019 Blooming Biodiversity Conference in Albany from 29 September to 4 October. The program of speakers and excursions have been designed around the conference theme: Know, Grow, Conserve and Enjoy our Western Australian Wildflowers. Among the speakers are author and botanist Alex George, conservationist and author …

Bouquet for wildflower workshop

Congratulations are due to our good friends at FACET (Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism) on the success of their recent Wildflower Workshop at Frasers State Reception Centre, Kings Park. The theme of this well organised, well attended and enjoyable event targeting the tourism industry was: Capitalising on Western Australia’s Unique Flora. FACET Chair Ryan …

Back to nature in Karijini

Fern Pool

In a recent trip to the Pilbara, WA Parks Foundation Chair, the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC took the opportunity to revisit one of our State’s most spectacular natural assets, Karijini.  She described her experience in these terms: “Visiting Karijini and hiking in the bottom of several gorges as well as swimming in several pools I …

Wild Goose Chase

Avon Valley National Park

The winding hills, gorges and valleys of the picturesque Avon Valley National Park will be the setting for the Wild Goose Chase Running Festival from 28 – 30 June. The festival, part of Ultra Series WA points competition, is the newest multi-day event on the Australian running calendar.  Since the inaugural Wild Goose Chase event …

Experiencing earth’s black gold and our southern forests

Truffle dog “Scrappy”

Manjimup’s status as one of the world’s most successful producers of black truffles will be celebrated at the three-day Truffle Kerfuffle festival on 21-23 June. The cool climate and nutrient rich, loam soils of this region in Western Australia’s south west have proved to be ideal for growing black truffles. Since the first harvest of …

Discovering the Kimberley on foot

If the Kimberley is on your radar for May, if you would like to see some of the stunning country around Kununurra, enjoy a bushwalking challenge and don’t mind getting up early, here’s an event that ticks all those boxes. Wild Walks tours (not for the faint hearted) will be on offer on 17, 20, …

Capitalising on Western Australia’s wildflower bounty

Western Australia has some 12,500 flowering species, 60 per cent of which are found nowhere else in the world.  The wildflower season, producing an extravaganza of colour and interest, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Making the most of opportunities to take best tourism advantage of this unique point of difference for Western …

A tribute to our jarrah

Guest Contributor: Robert Koenig-Luck, Camera Operator/Editor, ABC TV The jarrah trees in Western Australia’s South West forests are to me a symbol of strength and natural beauty. My home, built in 1913, is jarrah weather board and iron, with jarrah floors throughout. My ancestors, who were a part of the Group Settlement Scheme in the …

Margaret Forrest Exhibition

The March issue of the WA Parks Foundation newsletter included an article about one of Australia’s early botanical artists, Margaret Forrest. We’ve since been advised that a collection of Margaret Forrest’s wildflower watercolours will be on display 10 am to 4 pm weekdays (except public holidays) at the Royal Western Australian Historical Society (RWAHS) Museum, …