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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.
About the region
Dryandra Woodland, near Narrogin, is a valuable nature conservation area featuring 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 (Myrmecobius fasciatus).
Dryandra Woodland is less than two hours drive from Perth on sealed roads. Roads within the Woodland are unsealed, but accessible by all vehicles.
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
For more information, a location map and GPS file please visit Trails WA.