Busselton Walks and Tracks - Tuart Forest National Park

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Tuart Forest National Park is a day-use area, with a number of beautiful scenic drives. In the open glades of the forest there are many attractive picnic sites, roadside stops and scenic drives to enjoy.

The park's vegetation also includes a number of isolated and remnant populations of several plant species, normally associated with WA's South Coast. There is also a thriving community of fungi, including some species yet to be named. Last, but certainly not least, the Tuart Forest National Park provides an abundance of nesting hollows, used by many species of waterbirds that feed in the adjacent wetlands.

The park also protects WA's largest remaining wild population of the endangered western ringtail possum. This is largely because old tuart trees contain many hollows, while the dense secondary storey of peppermint supplies their major source of food. The forest is also home to the densest population of brushtail possums ever recorded in the State. Other residents include the brush-tailed phascogale, bush rat, kangaroo, quenda (also known as the southern brown bandicoot), at least 11 species of birds of prey and nocturnal birds.

POSSUM NIGHT SPOTLIGHTING TRAIL -- Easy 1.5-kilometre, 1-hour, walk. Also beginning at Layman picnic site, this self-guided trail is designed to be completed at night with a spotlight or large torch, so as to come face-to-face with the nocturnal inhabitants of the tuart forest. You are highly likely to see the rare western ringtail possum and the more common brushtail possum. Red reflectors on the trail markers and information plaques guide the way.

(Information from Dept of Conservation)

Visiting

15 km north-east of Busselton - look for the Tuart Forest Scenic Drive signs.