Marradong Country is the gateway to the area's newest National Park. Dryandra is one of the prime places in the South-West for viewing native wildlife. It also features the largest remnant of original vegetation in the western Wheatbelt. 24 mammal, 98 bird and 41 reptile species are all known to call Dryandra home, including Western Australia’s state mammal emblem, the Numbat.
Although the numbat is Dryandra's best known inhabitant, woylies, tammar wallabies, brushtail possums, tawny frogmouths, kangaroos and wallabies are regularly seen here. Birds seen in the area include the mound-building malleefowl.
Dryandra is an especially scenic area with magnificent woodlands and spectacular wildflowers in winter and spring. The open eucalypt woodlands of white-barked wandoo and powderbark covered much of the Wheatbelt before it was cleared for farming. Thickets of rock sheoak and kwongan heath provide habitat for several of Dryandra's rare species.
Barna Mia Wildlife Sanctuary
Experience the wonder of the woodland and its wildlife on a guided nocturnal tour of Barna Mia, a predator-proof animal sanctuary in the heart of Dryandra. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling (08) 9881 9200.
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.
Dryandra National Park is less than two hours drive from Perth on sealed roads. Roads within the Park are unsealed, but accessible by all vehicles. The Park shares a border with Marradong Country through both the Shire's of Wandering and Williams. The route to Dryandra Lions Village from Wandering (44km) is via the Albany Highway, the North Bannister Wandering Rd, the Wandering Pingelly Rd and the Wandering Narrogin Road. The route to Dryandra Lions Village from Williams (38km) is via the Albany Highway, York Williams Rd and Tomingley Rd.
There are numerous walking trails you can take to discover the diversity of life in Dryandra National Park. Ranging from 1km to 12.5km, there is a trail to suit everyone.
The 23km self-drive Darwinia Drive Trail includes five pull-over bays where interpretive information is provided on the complexity and interdependence of natural systems at Dryandra. Using specific examples of relationships this drive will take you into the heart of the woodlands.