Fire Tower Walk
  • Length: 0.4km

  • Duration: 0.5hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Contine Hill Picnic Area

  • End: Contine Hill Picnic Area

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Dryandra Woodland

  • Distance from state capital: 200km

  • State: WA

  • Latitude: -32.88256275

  • Longitude: 117.0041519

Summary

This short walk meanders around East Contine Hill, a laterite breakaway that was the ideal site for the lookout towers used during the summer fire season.  These towers were staffed during the summer fire season by forestry workers and their wives who were known as “spotters”.

Dryandra Woodland features the largest area of remnant vegetation in the western Wheatbelt and forms part of an international biodiversity ‘hotspot’ where more than 850 species of plants can be seen. The woodland of wandoo, kwongan (the Aboriginal woRoad for heath and shrublands), mallee, sheoak thickets and plantations of brown mallet is home to the numbat, Western Australia’s state fauna emblem. It is also home to other threatened and remarkable fauna such as the red-tailed phascogale, woylie, western grey kangaroo, tammar wallaby, brushtail possum and echidna as well as a diverse variety of reptiles and insects. The remains of two historical fire lookout towers can be found along the trail.  

Notes

Start Point: Contine Hill Picnic Area, Rosedale Road, near Dryandra, 200km (2.5hours) south east of Perth

End Point: Contine Hill Picnic Area, Rosedale Road, near Dryandra, 200km (2.5hours) south east of Perth

Region: Dryandra Woodland, Golden Outback

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