Barna Mia is an animal sanctuary with a difference. Nestled in the heart of Dryandra Woodland, south-east of Perth, Barna Mia is a place to discover threatened native marsupials in a natural setting, and experience the wonders of the woodland, once the sun has set and the action begins.
A tour guide takes visitors on a delightful journey through the sanctuary. Using specially placed lights, you can see threatened native animals such as dalgyte, woylie, wurrup, quenda and boodie.
Many of Western Australia's native mammals have been eradicated from their former habitats because of predation by cats and foxes, cleared vegetation and changed fire regimes. Preservation of Dryandra's 28,000 hectares of bushland enabled several native species to survive. Furthermore, Dryandra is once again becoming home for other indigenous animal species that were locally extinct.
The Parks and Wildlife Service's "Return to Dryandra" project aims to reintroduce native animals to former habitats by eliminating feral predators and establishing breeding programs. Five marsupials - the dalgyte, woylie, wurrup, quenda and boodie - are breeding in a fenced enclosure that excludes feral predators. New populations are released into Dryandra Woodland and other areas of bushland in the hope that they will re-establish themselves in their former habitats.
Tours operate several times per week beginning after sunset. Actual start times vary seasonally.
- March to November: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (except on public holidays).
- December, January and February: Friday and Saturday only (except on public holidays).
Special group tours can be booked outside of these days by prior arrangement.
$20 adult, $15.50 concession, $10 child, $50 family (2 adults + 2 children under 16 years)
BOOKING BEFORE 4pm ESSENTIAL:
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays): Parks and Wildlife Service Narrogin
Saturday (for same day tour) Dryandra Visitors Centre, phone +61 (0)8 9881 2064.