Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor Program

Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor Program

Only an hour out of Perth in the stunning Avon Valley, Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary offers a number of spectacular walking trails through Jarrah, Wandoo and Powderbark forest combined with heathland and riparian habitat. We provide maps and walk notes to guide you through the rich flora, fauna and history of the region.

Walks can be arranged for any day of the week during our Open Season which runs from 1st May through until 1st November.  

Walking trails

The trails vary in length and difficulty.

Possum Loop (2.3 km, 1 – 2 hours, easy rating) -The shortest of the Paruna trails, this beautiful trail is suitable for almost everyone. With spectacular woodland, wildflowers, creeks and waterfalls this trail is highly recommended for families with children, older walkers and the less physically fit.

Quenda Circuit (6.5 km, 3 – 6 hours, medium rating) - The most popular trail at Paruna, taking in the best natural vegetation, great views, the Paruna Gorge and even a historic monument. This trail is suitable for outdoor families, scout and school groups, wildflower enthusiasts, keen naturalists and interested bushwalkers.

Numbat Track (12 km, 6 – 9 hours, medium-to-hard rating) - This solid day walk also incorporates parts of the Quenda and Possum trails. It provides a wonderful challenge to experienced walkers, and will reward them with a wide variety of natural features from creek lines to granite outcrops and wildflower displays, to open powderbark forest. This trail is only suitable for very fit bushwalkers, rogainers and those involved in endurance sport preparation.

Guided walking tours

We offer guided bird and guided wildflower tours during our Open Season (from 1st May through until 1st Nov).  Our exceptional local nature experts will be available to lead you through the pristine woodland trails, helping you get the most out of your visit by teaching you how to read the landscape around you.  You’ll be introduced to the various bird calls of the Avon Valley, and learn how to identify indigenous plants along the trails. 

Planning your visit

Please wear sturdy walking shoes or boots, a hat, sunscreen and sufficient drinking water for the day as there is none available on site. You will need at least two litres per person, and three litres when ‘hot’.  Trail notes are available for download below and can also be found in the box just inside the gate. Please return them when you have finished to save paper and costs.

Please note that pets are not allowed as they are dangerous for our wildlife, plus they would be at risk of poisoning from our baiting programs.  No fires or smoking are permitted at any time. In the event of severe weather, the sanctuary will be closed.

For your safety, please do not go walking on your own, and if possible you should carry a suitable first aid kit.  Trail notes, picnic tables and toilets are available. 

We welcome all feedback about the Paruna Walking Trails so please send any comments, problems or maintenance issues to visitparuna@australianwildlife.org

Bookings

Open Season (from 1st May through until 1st Nov).

To make a booking please email visitparuna@australianwildlife.org or call the bookings office on 08 9572 3169 during weekday business hours.  Bookings are essential as you will need a unique access code to be able to open the gates. Bookings cannot be made over the weekend, so please plan ahead to ensure your booking is made during weekday business hours.

Entry is $5 per person, or $20 for a season’s pass. Guided walks are $20 per person.

Please note that due to repeated break-ins and theft, AWC is no longer collecting cash at the information box. Please contact AWC to arrange EFT or Credit card payment. Instructions for this will be provided as soon as possible.