Head south from Perth to the Mt Cooke Walk Trail (allow 4+ hours) which leads to the highest point in the Darling Range of 582 m above sea level. Spend the morning walking the trail before departing to the newly renovated Wandering Tavern for lunch. Why not camp in the beautiful grounds of the Wandering Caravan Park, which has a well-contained camp kitchen, lounge and a Heritage Nature Trail. Looking for something to do in the evening? Roast some marshmallows on the open fire, only available during winter, or cook dinner in a camp oven.
You’ll spend your day in Dryandra, starting with the Dryandra Woodlands Conservation Area. Enjoy the various campsites and facilities here or book a cabin in the Dryandra Woodlands Lions Village, and make sure to stop at Pumphrey's Bridge for a picnic or a unique photo opportunity. Explore the various Walk Trails throughout Dryandra, but don’t miss out on booking the Nocturnal Tour at the Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary.
Leave Dryandra and stop in at the Williams Nature Reserve. Discover the native flora & fauna and take in the views of the surrounding farming landscape. In Williams, visit the Lions Park nature playground and picnic area or if walks are your thing, go down to the Williams River Walk Trail. Time to refuel, so tuck into lunch at a variety of cafés or roadhouses on offer.
Heading on to Quindanning for the afternoon, indulge in chef-prepared dinner at the Quindanning Hotel and kick back in the beer gardens or by the many open fireplaces in the cooler months. Stay the night or alternatively, book into Springhill's Farmstay 5kms down the road for an authentic countryside experience that's been a crowd favourite for over 20 years.
If an extra adventure is on the cards, head along the Harvey-Quindanning road, approximately 30kms out of Quindanning to look at the remains of the historic Long Gully Bridge that sadly burned down in the 2015 Boddington bushfires and the new replacement suspension bridge that takes you into the heart of Lane Poole Reserve, one leg of the Bibbulmun Track. Getting to the suspension bridge is a 12km walk upstream from the Harvey-Quindanning road or a 12 km drive along unmarked 4WD tracks - the road conditions are not for the inexperienced or faint-hearted. For campers, the Harvey-Quindanning Road marks the approximate halfway spot between the Dookanelly Campsite and the Possum Springs Campsite - both approx 12kms in each direction. Mobile reception will be patchy at best - additional research and planning are recommended for this trail.
Start the day with a stroll along the banks of the picturesque Hotham River and some brunch at one of the local cafe's. Grab some refreshments before heading out on the Tullis Bridge Walk Trail or take a more leisurely stroll to the recently refreshed Ranford Pool & River Walk, then embark on a safe journey back to Perth in the afternoon
Please note: All Accomodation must be arranged prior to arrival.
Caravan park in the heart of Boddington on the banks of the Hotham River.08 9883 8018
Motel accommodation with 9 rooms with a TV, microwave, tea & coffee facilities, toaster and kettle as well as its own en-suite. www.boddingtonmotel.com.au08 9883 9383
Self-contained cottages in the forest of Dryandra.08 9884 5231
Caravan and Camping facilities in a picturesque woodland. Walking distance to the town centre.08 9884 1056