Paruna Sanctuary is a privately managed wildlife area bordering the Avon River (by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy). It has several walks of varying lengths and difficulty. Besides escaping to the bush, the benefits of this walk are the beautiful views from the various lookouts as well as the hearing, and sometimes spotting, various Australian birds. Kangaroos make their appearance too.
We did the 12 km walk and with stops managed to do it in just over 5 hours (we were a healthy group). We saw no-one else during the day which reinforced the escape benefits that come with bushwalks.
The Sanctuary is fenced off to protect Australian wildlife from feral cats etc. As is often the case, most of the Australian wildlife is not spotted due to their nocturnal nature (and not to mention the noise that humans make as they traipse through the bush). One unexpected spotting for us was when we were driving out of the park and spotted a large echidna - it would appear he found the nearby drainpipe a better home than the sanctuary!!
A wonderful day out for those times when you want to escape the city and enjoy the great Australian bush.