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Honeyeater Hike

Bungendore Park

Directions - Located 45 minutes south east of Perth, take Albany Highway until you reach Armadale. Continue along the highway up into the hills until you reach Admiral Road. Take a right here and follow it until you see the entrance for Bungendore Park. Drive into the gravel car park where you will find plenty of room, the trail head is found a short distance along the vehicle track leading into the park. 

The Hike - Bungendore Park is a place I've often thought about visiting but for whatever reason, never fully researched a trip here. Located on the outskirts of Armadale, I had a really pleasant experience exploring the nearby hills and valleys of Wungong Gorge a few years ago so really this should have been a destination I had visited much earlier. I think I had been saving it for when I was beginning to run out of trails to do and given the lack of new Perth trails I've added to site in the past year, I've reached that point. With a few hours free on the cusp of a Perth winter, I decided today was the day to finally get out to Bungendore Park to see what was what.  

Having limited time in the morning before a midday engagement, I was looking for a new trail to do that was a reasonable length but also fairly close to home. The Honeyeater Hike fit that bill nicely at 8.2km and a relatively short drive from Freo. Ideally this is one I'd have saved for spring but with a full calendar starting to come together and plenty of hikes that would be much nicer with all the wildflowers out, I would be doing this one early on in the hiking season. That's not to say it wouldn't be enjoyable with several of the information boards exclaiming that there is always something in bloom here and I love a good fungi hunt when the colder weather sets in. Arriving at the entrance to the park, things were fairly clear with the crisp morning air putting me in a good mood as I love this time of year for hiking. Parking up, I wasn't the only one out here early to experience the trails with a few other cars around. The official trail head isn't at the car park, instead you walk through some gates designed to keep dirt bikes out and along a vehicle track that runs parallel to Southern Hills Christian College. It was a pleasant stroll along the track with mature Marri and Jarrah trees creating a nice spot for the noisy Kaaraks to hang about.

 

Reaching the trail head, you will find one of many dieback cleaning stations that are scattered around the park and what a surprise it was to find one of these boot spraying varieties to be working. After giving my boots a clean to protect the area from dieback, I had a look at the information board and noted the suggested direction of the Honeyeater Hike being anti-clockwise. There are a number of smaller walks in the area including the Robin Ramble, Spinebill Stroll and Whistler Walk (the trails person must be a big fan of alliteration) if you don't want to walk the full 8.2km Honeyeater Hike. Dogs are allowed in the park but only on the designated bridle trails and not in the conservation areas that are signed and have dieback stations before and after. Walking along Dryandra Drive to start the hike, I noticed it was really starting to mist up and it didn't take long before there was a spooky fog hanging around. I love these conditions as it adds a nice atmosphere to any walk, plus the photos always look a little more interesting. Turning off the Dryandra Drive, you follow the yellow trail markers as they loop around the Christian College and the Volunteer Fire Brigade. I initially thought the Volunteer Fire Brigade structure was a weird communications or transistor structure but a closer look revealed it to be a fun looking training course.