Numbat Trail, Paruna Sanctuary.

The Numbat Trail is 12kms long consisting of two loops with a reasonable pathway that connects them. The first loop is the largest & makes up the Quenda Trail in conjunction with the Numbat trail. Then it branches out to a smaller loop. It takes 3 to 4 hours to complete. In total including our lunch break, it took us 5 hours.8697E86F-48AF-44CE-B287-054FCCB30A86

Our main objective on going out was to try our first home cooked dehydrated meal in preparation for our Bibbulmun end to end adventure later next year. Dehydrated meals are healthier, lighter in weight & take up less room in the backpack. I carried my Osprey day lite backpack while Mr D decided to train with his 11kg heavy small Aarn backpack.

We were joined by two of Mr D’s workmates as we set off in fine early morning weather. As you pass a picturesque lake with skinny tree trunks coming out of the water, it doesn’t take long to see this is a beautiful trail, & one of the best day hike trails in the Perth Hills.

Not an easy walk, this trail consists of constant up & down elevations with lots of steps! But the views are fantastic. There are many picnic tables along the way to stop & take in the views. Rock Pool is one of many great features on this trail. We saw some other day hikers & trail runners, but most of the time, you feel you are the only ones out there. EBB2A0B0-EFD2-4409-9824-87E156EC44F9

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The second loop consists of more steps yes! But beautiful greenery ground & Hills, creeks & a set of picnic tables atop of the hill with more fantastic views. Mr D decided to leave his backpack at the start of the second loop to have a break from the weight. After completing this loop, we set down at a picnic table near a small waterfall to rehydrate our meal of Beef Stew with mashed potato. It was good but couldn’t be finished. Still some tweaking to do with rehydrating. We set off straight back uphill with full bellies. The remainder of the big loop was full of many yellow wildflowers. The trail has many nice wildflowers throughout, but more noticeable in this last section.

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We took a detour to the monument – the biggest rock cairn I have seen. The trail smoothed out more flatter at the end with another big view out over the sanctuary. This trail definitely has it all & is enjoyable all the way. It would be nice to return here during winter after a lot of rain. The waterfalls & creeks would be even more spectacular. Not that they already were! And we had fine company to boot!


Our Beef Stew from preparation to rehydration:

About the author AmblingRose

We are keen hikers based in Perth, Western Australia. We have hiked 7 New Zealand multi-day walk trails, the 800km Camino Frances in Spain, the Cape to Cape in WA, Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, Malaysia. We have hiked sections of the 1003 km Bibbulmun Track in WA with plans to complete an end to end this year in Spring, 2019.

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