Dryandra Woodland

Dryandra Woodland: Australia’s Newest National Park Has Just Opened, Right Here In WA!

byTroy Mutton
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Sure the news might feel a little bit doom and gloom lately, so it’s important to take a break from the bleak sometimes and inject some positive news into your life.

And today we’re here to help on that front, with news that Western Australia has a brand new national park – Dryandra Woodland – the first in WA’s wheatbelt region.

The Dryandra Woodland National Park is a total reservation of almost 18,000 hectares near Narrogin, 180km south-east of Perth.

Formerly State Forest, the new national park features two class A nature reserves to help ensure the protection of native wildlife living in one of the last remnants of original woodland in the western Wheatbelt.

This wildlife includes some of the country’s most vulnerable, like numbats, woylies, brushtail wallabies, chuditch, quenda and malleefowl.

For numbats especially the park couldn’t have opened any sooner, with recent news that their total numbers in WA were only around the 1000 mark.

“The creation of this new national park will better protect the woodland’s unique native species, while also offering wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities for visitors and the local community,” said Environment Minister Reece Whitby.

The formal name of Dryandra Woodland National Park is still to be determined, and it it’s also home to predator-proof animal sanctuary Barna Mia, open to the public to experience rare wildlife including numbats in their nocturnal environment.

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