Explore the beautiful surrounds of Toodyay along one of the many walking trails.
There are many beautiful walks, tracks and parks throughout the many reserves found in Shire of Toodyay, most with beautiful views with abundant native flora and fauna to enjoy, particularly in spring during wildflower season. See some highlight tracks and bush walks below and visit www.toodyay.com for more information and resources.
Bilya Walk Track
The Bilya Walk Track follows the Avon river for 7.2km from Duigee Park to Nardie Cemetery in Toodyay. There is a grand array of birdlife and scenic vistas of the Avon River. The diverse range of habitats provide for an exquisite range of wildflowers with some unique species. Created by the Toodyay Friends of the River this marked and signposted walk track follows the western bank of the Avon River for 6.5km from the Toodyay Caravan Park to the Nardie pioneer cemetery. Follow the orange markers as the track passes many features of interest.
It is the best way to access river viewpoints, especially at Avon Descent time. Picnic facilities and seating have been installed along the way. Allow at least 2 hours one way. Conditions may vary according to the season. Bilya means river in Noongar language.The Avon River (Gulgulga Bilya) is a place of great cultural significance to the Ballardong people. Please respect the environment and wildlife. Find out more.
A series of medium difficulty tracks through the Wongamine Reserve. The perimeter walk is 6.5 kilometres long and consists of dirt tracks and firebreaks. Historically used as a watering/stopping place, and for timber and gravel extraction, Wongamine Reserve is now used for conservation purposes. With its northern extension and Shire managed adjoining western portion the reserve boasts a range of diverse vegetation.
Species include the Mottlecah which has the largest Eucalypt flower in the world, Brown Mallet, Drummond’s Gum and fine examples of Salmon Gum in the Toodyay Shire. In spring wildflowers of all kinds abound. Walking access in the reserve is facilitated by the many fire breaks. Forest Rd is a designated Flora Road with a sign-posted pull in bay. Take care when exploring the reserve as it has gravelly slopes and steep gullies. Find out more.
Dawn Atwell Nature Reserve
The Dawn Atwell Nature Reserve is 85 hecatres in area and has a five kilometre easy walk around the perimeter. Named after a Toodyay Naturalists' Club founding member this, beautiful Shire managed reserve has a special community history. The Club successfully campaigned for the reserve to be vested for nature conservation. The reserve now protects a range of pristine native vegetation from Banksia Woodland in the sandy eastern part through to Jarrah, Marri and Powderbark Wandoo.
The reserve is easily accessed from Julimar Road with a parking area, picnic table and interpretive signage near the corner of Parkland Drive. The fire breaks and tracks are ideal for walking and the terrain is relatively flat. There are two tracks that run across the reserve that can be used as shortcuts from the main track. This reserve is renowned for its wild flowers with over a hundred species recorded there from the endangered Star Sun Orchid Thelymitra stellata to the spectacular Banksia menziesii, Fire Wood Banksia. Some 33 bird species have been observed here. Find out more.
Rugged Hills Reserve
Rugged Hills Reserve has a challenging walk trail 7.5 km around the perimeter. There are beautiful views year round and wildflowers in Spring. Access to this reserve is via Ridley Circle. The perimeter walk is approximately 8 kilometres but you can shorten it by taking the fire break that runs through the middle of the reserve. There are some steep hills that take you to beautiful views, especially from the eastern end of the northern boundary. Varied vegetation with Wandoo, Jarrah and Marri. Lots of wildflowers in spring. Plenty of bird life and good chance of seeing the elusive Black-gloved Wallaby and Euro. Find out more.
Majestic Heights Reserve
The Majestic Heights walking trail is a moderate 2 kilometer track that ends with a spectacular view. Park off Sandplain Road in an area marked with a “Passive Recreation” sign (approximately 500m from Folewood Road). In Spring this area boasts an impressive carpet of everlastings.
Follow the fire break as it winds its way upwards through woodland to reach Stirlingia Drive. Over the road the track continues steeply through fire ravaged, regenerating vegetation. Head towards the NBN tower. From that point you are treated to a spectacular view of Knockdomine Hill and Mt. Nardie (350 m). Millard’s Pool on the Avon River is also visible. Return along the same route admiring the views down the Avon Valley towards the National Park. You will be treated to many wild flower blooms in spring. Find out more.
Panorma Reserve has a short 1 km uphill walk to an enjoyable view over the Clackline Railway line. Access to this hidden reserve is from Panorama View off Salt Valley Road. The entrance is very narrow but there is room for parking. Follow the fire break on the western boundary around until it terminates overlooking the historical Clackline Railway line and enjoy the view from here. The terrain is dirt tracks with slopes. The reserve abounds in spring wildflowers and provides important habitat for many bird species. Salt Valley Road also has a great display of wildflowers during the Spring season. Find out more.
Rising up the slopes, overlooking Toodyay is Pelham Reserve. Wander through the 6 kilometres of walking tracks to discover the various historical points of interest, and vast stretches of everlastings. Pelham Reserve totals more than 50 hectares with five walk tracks covering over six kilometers. Walkers are advised that these tracks are steep in places and may have a gravel surface, so please wear appropriate footwear and exercise due care. The Lookout at the top of Duke Street provides views across the town and valley as well as a chance to visit the Drummond Memorial Garden, first developed by the Toodyay Naturalists' Club in 1969.
- The Pelham Walk Trail is 2.25km and loops around most of the reserve. It begins at the lookout and emcompasses the old water tank, WWII Revetment and original spillway.
- The Everlasting Loop is 1.1km and hosts an impressive carpet of everlastigns in Spring.
- The Bunker Complex Loop is 650m and has the remaining earthworks of a complex consisting of four underground rooms connected by "tunnels" to house a signal unit.
- The Rifle Range Loop is 1.2m and has the remains of a rifle range dating back to the early 1900's with the butts and firing points.
- The Gully Track is a 500m shortcut through the main Pelham Walk Trail.
While walking in Pelham Reserve you are likely to see Kangaroos, Euros and other wildlife. This may include snakes. Please note these are not tame animals and should be treated with respect. Please keep dogs on a leash at all times.