dump during business hours. The friendly volunteers will direct you to all the facilities you need, and offer suggestions for what to see and do. A short walk places you within the retail centre of town. There are two supermarkets and a variety of other stores supplying all the essentials, including cafes and food outlets. There is a Changing Places facility in Gnarojin Park adjacent to the skate park. The town is well serviced for mechanical repairs and has a regional hospital with speedy access to Perth in case of emergency. Accommodation Narrogin has a range of accommodation options for all budgets. There is a caravan park with campsites within town, motels, hotels, pretty B&Bs, and other self-contained accommodation including farm stays. One of the vineyards offer very cheap RV and caravan parking, which is free with the purchase of a bottle of their wine. Narrogin and nearby Highbury also offer two 72-hour free RV camping areas for self-contained recreational vehicles. In Narrogin, located close to the visitor centre, a dump point cartridge, laundromat, and within walking distance of shops, eateries and rail heritage, it comfortably accommodates 10 vehicles at any one time. In Highbury it is opposite the tavern and local store.
occasional naughty interloping possum!). Bookings are absolutely essential as tours sell out fast. Bookings: (08) 9881 9200. Foxes Lair Nature Reserve Foxes Lair, a 60 hectare bush land area within the Narrogin town boundary (literally across the road from both motels and the caravan park), attracts people from all over Australia. With 5 distinct walk trails, an arboretum, and a clay pit, it is not to be missed. Foxes Lair can claim 100 rare orchids and a newly discovered hybrid. Orchid hunters naturally swarm to Foxes Lair like bees to nectar! Rare orchids are marked weekly with close-by ribbons. During the spring months, the whole area is awash with wildflowers. Attractions and Facilities Narrogin is surrounded by oodles of natural attractions which offer great photo opportunities of birdlife, wildflowers, granite outcrops, woodlands and lakes. Many have developed walking trails. Climb Yiliminning Rock on your way to the RAMSAR listed Toolibin Lake (which recently had its first fill- event in decades). Railway Dam is great for tortoise spotting early in the morning. Gnarojin Park is a beautiful walk next to the creek, with an incredible new skate park and BMX track. The Old Courthouse Museum gives a wonderful glimpse into the history of Narrogin. The Leisure Centre has a large indoor heated pool, and gym. Two wineries will satisfy the avid wine tasters who are travelling to or from the southern wine regions of WA. The Dryandra Country Visitor Centre provides ample caravan parking and access to a RV
Narrogin is the commercial centre of Dryandra Country and an ideal base from which to explore the Southern Wheatbelt. It is an easy two-hour drive from Perth, with plenty to spot on the way. Spring is the best time to view the region’s abundant wildflowers, with July to November the best for orchids. The township is RV friendly, offers modern facilities for travellers including cafes, heritage buildings, walk trails, an art gallery, farmer’s market, pubs, and a vibrant cultural scene. The visitor centre has no less than 11 local itineraries, which will lead you to the best the town has to offer in the way of hiking, nature trails, birds and wildlife. They also self-publish an annual guide to the wildflowers of Foxes Lair. Places of interest Dryandra Woodland Nearby is Dryandra Woodland, which is rumoured to be declared WA’s next national park. It is a valuable nature conservation area, and home to Western Australia’s state faunal emblem, the numbat (endangered, but slowly making its way back!). Nestled within Dryandra Woodland is Barna Mia (pronounced like mire), an animal sanctuary for threatened marsupials. Barna Mia has year-round nocturnal tours by infrared light, where you will have a guided visit, viewing the feeding of some fascinating endemic creatures like bilbies, mala, boodies (betong), woylies, and quenda (and the
Below photo of clay pit challenge by Doug Sawkins
Dryandra Country Visitor Centre Cnr Park and Fairway Streets
Narrogin WA 6312 Tel: (08) 9881 2064 Email: email@example.com
www.dryandratourism.org.au Free Wi-Fi at Visitor Centre
1 Echidnas roam the Woodlands 2 Spot a numbat within the Dryandra Woodland 3 Unique clay pit challenge 1 2