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POSTPONED: Bush, Flora + Indigenous Nature Experience in Dwellingup – DRB Nats

22 October, 2:00 pm-25 October, 10:30 am


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Join us for a spring break in Dwellingup, only 97km south of Perth, and have a wonderful bush, flora and indigenous nature experience.


Dwellingup is a lovely small town nestled in the jarrah forest. It will provide us with a wonderful opportunity to experience the bush, flora and fauna.

We have been able to engage the services of an indigenous Company, Kaarak Dreaming. They will provide us with two exciting and unique tours including a bush trail and flora tour, and a bark painting tour.
Bush Trail and Flora tour: 1.5 hour tour at a cost of $55 per adult, $45 concession and $20 per child.
Bark Painting tour: 3 hours at a cost of $120 per adult or $100 concession.



We have booked the Jarrah Forest Lodge exclusively for the whole weekend. This is a lovely complex, set in the jarrah forest, only a short walk into the town and next to the Forest Discovery Centre. The address is 14 Acacia Road, Dwellingup, WA 6213

It provides a variety of rooms, single, double, twin and family.

There are a number of shared facilities including a well equipped kitchen (a new commercial kitchen is due to be installed Jan/Feb 2020) with plenty of fridge and freezer space, a spacious dining room, a recreation room complete with table tennis, outdoor BBQ and gazebo area and at least three bathroom and shower facilities (new ones are being added in Jan/Feb 2020).

We also have the use of a conference room on site so we can get together each evening, share photographs, tell each what we have seen and enjoy each other’s company

The prices are per room for the 3 night stay. The price is charged for a room irrespective of how many people book in, so one person may book a room with two beds and not want to share which is fine as long as they are willing to pay the full room fee.

NB: There is a numbers limit on the excursion so at this stage only DRB members staying the full three nights at the lodge can book in. This worked superbly on the Yalgorup excursion where everyone who went attended for all three days, arrived at the same time and stayed at the same place. This helped to build a very positive and co-operative group.

Rooms 1-8 and 10 – sleep 2 – each have 2 single beds and are $230 members or $250 visitors for the three nights ($115 per member if 2 are sharing). The rooms are small but you also have access to good flushing toilets in the same building, hot showers, a large kitchen, a large dining room, 3 large freezers and fridges, a games room complete with table tennis, a conference room and an outside eating area and pizza oven. Toilets and showers are next to room 8 and all are on the flat.

Rooms 11-16 and 9 – sleep 2 – each alternative one should have a double bed with an adjoining room with a bunk bed. These are due to be refurbished in Jan/Feb 2020 (at present – Nov 2019 – all are bunk beds). These are $230 members or $250 visitors for the three nights ($115 per member if 2 are sharing). Toilets and showers are next to room 9 and all are on the flat.

Family Room 1 – sleeps 4 – it is only 1 large room containing 1 x double bed + 2 x single beds and a dining table, but with plenty of floor space. It has 5 steps to be climbed to gain entrance. It is $320.00 members or $340.00 visitors for the three nights ($80 per member if 4 are sharing). Ideal for a family of 4.

Family Room 2 – (2 large bedrooms: queen bed, 2x bunk beds (NB: bunk-bed people have to walk through double bedroom), +small lounge +table and 4 chairs – (ideal for family of 4-6) $350.00 members for the three nights, ($59 per member if 6 are sharing)

Family room 3 (2 large bedrooms: 1 queen bed, 2x bunk beds + 1 large lounge room + air-conditioning: (ideal for a family of 4-6), $370.00 members for the three nights, ($61.67 per member if 6 are sharing).

Cottage(1 bedroom only: 1 x queen bed 1x bunk beds; + kitchenette +table) $340.00 members for the three nights. ($85 per member if 4 are sharing).

What to bring:
You will need to bring personal linen, pillows, blankets, towels and personal toiletries. Food and drinks. A torch.

Group Dinner:
We are planning to have a group evening meal at the Wine Tree Cidery in Dwellingup, only 3-4 mins drive from the lodge on Friday 23 October. They are not normally open at this time and are doing it exclusively for us so they would like us to arrive between 5:30pm – 6:00pm and finish by 8pm. It is in a delightful large setting with birds, frogs, etc, and owned by lovely people: Tracey and Ken. They will provide us with their generous “grazing share-boards” for 2 at a time. They are $30.00 for 2, so only $15.00 per person and they will provide dessert for around $6.00. They have their normal grazing share-board, which includes cheeses and meat, a gluten free board ($35.00) and we have negotiated for them to have a vegetarian board as well. They will need us to order in advance. People will pay Anne and the club will pay the cidery. See example board.


We are planning a number of walks to experience the flora and fauna of the area. These will include early morning walks, day walks and evening spotlighting walks. The walks will be of varying durations and distances but there will be walks suitable for all ages and physical abilities. It is anticipated that there will be a morning walk then returning for lunch and a break followed by an afternoon walk returning for dinner and then spotlighting walks in the evening. There are plenty of opportunities to walk close to the lodge and the Bibbulmun Track runs through the town. The walk leaders, Joy McGilvray and Anne Bologa have experience walking in that area and will be doing prior reconnaissance to ensure we plan walks able to be enjoyed by all. The Kaarak Dreaming Indigenous walks will be in Lane Poole Reserve. There are other walks in the reserve that we are considering. It is a convenient 7.5km from Dwellingup. More information to follow as the itinerary is developed.



22 October, 2:00 pm
25 October, 10:30 am
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Jarrah Forest Lodge, Dwellingup
14 Acacia Rd
Dwellingup, WA 6213 Australia


Anne Bologa – drbexcursions@wanaturalists.org.au ph: 0436-448-647