Dwarda Downs Country Hideaway
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Local Activities and Eateries

"Dwarda" is a Noongar Aboriginal reference to the dingo, Australia's wild dog. The townsite of Dwarda was first requested by the Wandering Road Board in 1912, with the hope it could become a future terminus for the Hotham Valley Railway, and the townsite, initially called "Dampier", was gazetted in 1914. Although the town did not attract settlement, the locality remains to this day.

There are many sites of interest to be discovered in and around the immediate region. Nearby are towns such as Wandering, Williams, and Boddington, all of which are only a short drive away. Just a touch further will bring you to places like Dryandra and Quindanning with more great sceneries, attractions, and places to eat.

→    Tanglefoot Winery

→     Wandering Tavern

→     Williams Woolshed

→    Boddington

→     Quindanning Inne

→     Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary

→     Tracks and Trails

Tanglefoot Winery - 20 mins from Dwarda Downs

This locally owned and operated winery and café is a must see in the local tourism area. They produce a wide variety of wines including; Semillon, Zinfandel Tintacao, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Primivito & Merlot.

Tanglefoot is located on North Bannister Road in Wandering. Opening hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 5pm. Free wine tastings are available along with morning and afternoon tea and light lunches. A delicious seasonal blackboard menu changes each weekend that caters for a range of tastes and dietary needs. Group Bookings and Functions, may be catered for at any time by prior arrangement.

For bookings please phone: 0427 988 411 or 0427 988 415 or email at tanglefoot@westnet.com.au

Wandering Tavern - 15 mins from Dwarda Downs

Meals, general store, beer, spirits and cellar door.

Phone: 9884 1055
Address: 31 Watts St, Wandering
Opening Hours: 7 days a week midday - late
Meals: 7 days a week - dine in or take-away
Lunch : 12-2pm
Dinner: 6-8pm

Email: wanderingtavern@gmail.com

Williams Woolshed - 30 mins from Dwarda Downs

Williams Woolshed is one of the top tourist attractions in Western Australia offering a unique experience surrounding the history of wool. The Woolshed combines sheep shearing, delicious foods, art displays, educational programs, retail wool products, and much more!

With so much on offer including cafe, clothing store, lollie shop, gift shop, and visitors centre, a visit to their website is well worth it in planning your trip.

Boddington - 30 mins from Dwarda Downs

The township of Boddington holds many fantastic things to do and sights to see. As you drive from the highway through to the town, make sure you slow down to enjoy the views upon entry. There is a relaxing feel to this beautiful place nestled by the Hotham River amongst the heart of rolling hills.

Take a picnic, take your camera, or roll up your sleeves for some fishing. Regardless, you are sure to find something of interest at the Hotham River. There are barbeques, picnic areas, swimming holes, and much more in these quiet and scenic locations. Things to do and see in Boddington include:

Quindanning Inne - 45 mins from Dwarda Downs

The Quindanning Hotel is one of the most easily recognizable historic buildings in the district, and one that is still very much in use today.

Quindanning is a passionate supporter of live original music, so it is wise to keep your ears tuned for the exciting and extremely talented musicians that grace centre stage including the likes of John Williamson and Kasy Chambers.

The food served up by the kitchen staff is also top quality. Lunches are served daily between 12 and 2, and evening meals are available from 6 to 8pm (6:00 - 8:30pm during summer). Function catering is one of our specialties.

Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary - 40 mins from Dwarda Downs

Take a guided nocturnal tour in a tranquil sanctuary that has become home for some of Western Australia’s native animals facing extinction. Experience an unforgettable journey through Barna Mia in picturesque Dryandra Woodland.

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.

Tours begin after sunset and vary seasonally. Contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife's Narrogin office on (08) 9881 9200 or check out the information panel at the Lions Dryandra Village for departure times. Please book before 4pm by telephoning (08) 9881 9200 or the Dryandra Visitors Centre (08) 9884 2064 on weekends.

Closed public holidays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (except by prior arrangement for groups).

Tracks and Trails - 40 mins from Dwarda Downs

As close as 40 minutes drive, you can find some well-known Western Australian and lesser-known local walking and cycling tracks including the following:

Bibbulmun Track
One of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia.

Munda Biddi Trail
The Munda Biddi Trail (which means path through the forest in the Noongar Aboriginal language) is fast becoming a world-class nature-based off-road cycling experience. Combine Western Australia's vast areas of unspoiled forests and bushland, gentle terrain, and year-round cycling weather, and you have the ideal setting for an off-road cycle trail. The entire Munda Biddi Trail is now open between Mundaring and Albany (approx 1000km).

Mt Cooke Trail (One of eight Bibbulmun Track day-walks)

This walk within the Monadnocks National Park includes about 3 kms along the main ridge and summit of Mount Cooke which at 582m above sea level (and about 200m above the surrounding plateau) is the highest granite monadnock in the Darling Range. The 240m climb up Mt Cooke along the Bibbulmun Track from the Campsite should not be too challenging for a reasonably fit walker.

Hotham Way Trail

Linking Pinjarra and Pingelly via Dwellingup, Boddington and Wanderingthis is a highly interesting landscape with undulating scenery through bush, farmland and timberland. Many nature reserves, old camping grounds and conservation areas such as Dryandra can be seen and experienced. The local indigenous people are represented through their icons, the Frog from Pingelly and the Snake from Pinjarra in the artwork on the signage etc.

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