Numbat Trail

Numbat Trail

Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary

DirectionsFrom Toodyay Rd make a left turn at O'Brien Rd. After 17kms you will reach the left turn at Avon Rd (2.3km past the Ewing Rd turnoff). Make your way on the gravel track that is now signposted and soon you will be at the parking area in front of the main gate.

The Hike - With spring approaching I thought I would head out and hike one of the lesser known trails in the Perth Hills, the Numbat Trail in the Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary. Entry to the Numbat Trail requires you to book online via the Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary website before you plan on hiking the trail as the entry gate is computer coded for protection. An entry fee of $10 per hiker also applies but this is a small price to pay for what is a very well maintained and enjoyable trail. You will also be helping the sanctuary keep up their great conservation work in the area.

The Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary has three trails for visitors to hike - The Possum Trail (2km), Quenda Trail (6.5km) and the Numbat Trail (12.5km). Being the longest I chose the Numbat Trail (an extended version of the Quenda Trail) and right from the start it shows why this is one of the best trails in Perth. This is not the first time I had been here as earlier in the winter I ventured out for the first time only to have my Nikon D50 play up on me, resulting in many lost photos. Deciding that I should do the trail justice for this blog, I vowed to return with a new camera and on this hike I was armed with my new Nikon D5300 to try and capture this place in all its magnificence. The start of the trail takes you over boardwalks and down towards one of the many creeks that feeds the nearby Avon River.


The sun was just rising over the hills when I reached an area that looked like the Dead Marshes from The Two Towers. The lingering mist blanketed the water and emerging like ghosts from the centre were grey lifeless trees. In vast contrast to the gloomy scene, several bright yellow Verticordia acerosa were flowering on the banks of the open water as a teaser of what was to follow. Leaving the Dead Marshes, the trail starts to climb and the air is fragrant with the scent of the white Trymalium flowers (see above picture). As you ascend the Wandoo slope keep an eye out for the intricate spider's webs that dot the forest floor. Eventually you reach the first of many lookouts on the trail and a chance to survey the sanctuary from an elevated position. The dark boardwalk leads you to a ring of wooden seats that provides excellent views across the landscape.