Boyagarring Conservation Park Walk (Walk #29a)

 

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5) Route profile

6) Walk description

7) Waypoint listing and grid references

 

 Walk map  Photo

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View from laterite breakaway to farmland

 near eastern park boundary,  August 2004.

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         Route profile

 

                                    

 Walk description  
Location :

95 kms SE of Perth.

Length :

14.5 field kms (92% off-track)

(or can be shortened to approx. 13 kms by simple variation (a short-cut from waypoint '14' to 'RK2', bypassing a section in the SE).

Degree of difficulty :

EASY - MEDIUM   (What does this mean?)

Amount of uphill walking : 310m (cumulative ascent)
GPS-preferred :

YES

Access  :

See Google Map for start point on road map.

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Follow Brookton Highway for about 80 kms from Albany Hwy, then turn off at Pike Rd (gravel/dirt road on right, about 3 kms past Beverley Westdale Rd turnoff),  then follow Pike Rd for 7.5 kms to Start point (near Park sign at corner of Park perimeter vehicle track on left and just past "Ballardon" homestead access road on right).  Park near Start point, but don't block Park perimeter track. There are no facilities.  For an alternative Start point with more space for cars, continue for about  4.5 kms further on Pike Rd to 'ALT-ST' close to the SE corner of the Park near a road T-junction. Another alternative Start point is at the junction of Pike Rd with a side road at about 'AL-ST2' on the western Park boundary.

Escape route/s :

The walk route is never more than 1 km from either Pike Rd (in the west, SE and south, or the Park boundary road (dirt vehicle track) to the north and east (see map). There are no vehicle tracks through the central area of the Park.    

Main features

/Highlights:

This walk is within the very small Boyagarring Conservation Park (area 1209 ha, declared in 1991).  Similar to the nearby Lupton Conservation Park   (less than 10 kms SE), the Boyagin Nature Reserve (about 30 kms ESE) and  Dryandra Woodland (about 60 kms southeast), this is another 'island' of remnant bushland within the wheatbelt east of the Darling Range.  In the case of Boyagarring Park, only a very narrow fairway of wheatbelt farmland along Gibb Gully separates the Park from the extensive State Forest areas of the Darling Range to the west. 

Like Lupton Park, Boyagarring Park is not well known and is much less visited than Boyagin and Dryandra.  The Park covers an area only about 3 kms wide by 4 kms long,  but the slopes and gullies along the laterite breakaways  surrounding the small central 'plateau' area of Boyagarring Hill provide for some very enjoyable, mostly easy off-track walking through mainly open, picturesque wandoo woodlands.  There are some pleasant views to the surrounding  farmland and across forest from the breakaways and from a granite outcrop in the east.   

Patches of quite thick shrubland (mainly 'Pingle' Dryandra squarrosa) cover some of the  slopes, but are mainly avoided by this walk route. 

Shorter walk option: The route can be easily adjusted to give a slightly shortened walk of approx. 13 kms, bypassing the SE section by taking a short cut almost directly from waypoint '14' to 'RK2' via waypoints '52' and '53'.

Controlled burns:  See DEC's current 6-season indicative burn program

Additional maps :

WalkGPS walk map for OziExplorer users A downloadable OziExplorer format MAP file (*.map) for this walk area is included on the Maps, Waypoints & Track Files page. The zipped folder also includes the associated 'base' topo map image file, plus other attached waypoints, tracks/routes, etc in OxiExplorer file formats.

WalkGPS reconnaissance history: Click here for a map of past WalkGPS test walks in the walk area, plus the final route. The final route was selected only after several visits to the area which aimed to achieve a walk that would be the most rewarding.

Other:  Luptons & Youraling 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2233-3 & 2233-2;

or Luptons 1:50,000 Sheet 2233-III (DOLA, 1992).

Other background references :

"Exploring Wheatbelt Woodlands" by Mike Bamford, 1995 (CALM), provides a good introduction to the flora and fauna of  remnant woodlands in the region.

Route notes :

 

Head approx. eastward up the Park boundary track from the Start point near the Park sign.   The track  climbs uphill through wandoo woodland via waypoints '2' and '3'.  When the track veers left (north) soon after '3', continue eastward off-track across a broad ridge and into mainly fairly open 'Parrot Bush' shrubland (Dryandra sessilis) and light forest.  At '4' veer SE  and soon descend to cross a small gully. Then veer eastward again (at '5') and soon pass through low shrubs around a dry stream course on the gentle  valley floor. At '6', near another small gully, veer NE to cross a small, low ridge and soon climb to a higher ridge at '7'. Then veer east, partly though denser shrubland, to soon reach a rocky laterite breakaway at about '8' from where there are good views to nearby farmland to the north. Walk ESE through the open wandoo woodland along the slope below the breakaway and in places partly through the shrubland/light forest above. At '9' head downslope and eastward to '9A', then veer SE and intially along slope before descending to cross a dry stream course at '9B'.  then climb gently through open woodland before descending a little to cross another dry stream course at '10'. Continue SSE gently uphill to soon reach (at '10A') the eastern breakaway edge of a narrow laterite ridge with views east through the open wandoo woodland to wheatbelt farmland.  Turn right to follow the ridge gently uphill to the SSW. At '11' turn  right again to follow a kangaroo trail WNW across the head of a small rocky gully to reach a broad, flat granite outcrop at 'ROK'. (The outcrop rises very gently uphill to the SW and also continues along slope to the WNW.) Continue WNW along the outcrop for only about 100m, getting quite a good view northward over the woodland down the valley. This location is at about one-third of the total walk distance and is a pleasant spot for a rest stop. At 'ROK4' veer left (WSW) and climb uphill through shrubland to reach wandoo woodland again on the ridge top at '12'.  Turn sharp left to head SE gently downhill along the ridge, and through some fairly open dryandra shrubland to reach (after about 400m) the edge of the laterite plateau. Continue SE, to descend the uppermost rocky part of the  breakaway slope, then follow the slope to reach the edge of a gully at '13'. Turn right (SW) to follow the north slope of the gully, then soon (at '14') turn left (SE) again to cross the gully  and walk along slope to '15'. [Alternatively at '14', if you prefer the shortened 13 km walk, continue SW up the gully through open woodland to reach the crest of the ridge and the edge of an area of quite thick Parrot Bush and Pingle at '52'.  Then head WSW, following kangaroo trails and gaps in the denser shrubland to reach '53'.  Then veer SW to soon leave the shrubland and re-enter open mixed forest, heading gently down the valley to reach 'RK2'.   Then proceed from that point as described below.] Then veer approx. SSE, skirting patches of thicker shrubland if necessary. Soon reach an open slope covered in quite thick, medium heath, with views to nearby farmland.  Follow a kangaroo trail near the upper edge of the heathland and soon descend to reach the Park boundary track (a dirt road) at '15A').  Follow the vehicle track southward for only about 200m to '16' then veer off-track to head SW through fairly open mixed wandoo-jarrah forest. Cross the crest of a broad, low ridge at about '16A', then veer WSW and very gently downhill to '16B'. Then head westward approx. along slope to '17'.  Then veer ENE to soon climb gently uphill to a ridge at '17A'. Find a easy way through the patchy shrubland on the ridge then veer NW to walk downslope through woodland and reach a thicket of sheoaks flanking a stream gully. Pick an easy route through the fairly dense thicket to reach a small granite outcrop at 'RK2' marked with a very small cairn. Cross the stream course at the edge of the outcrop and head approx. westward to climb quite steeply up the slope. Veer NW at '18' to reach the laterite 'plateau' at the top of the breakaway. Continue NW across the plateau through relatively open jarrah forest and patches of dryandra (parrot bush). Cross the plateau margin again at about '19' then continue NW along the upper slope of the breakaway and cross a small gully before climbing to a narrow rocky laterite promontory at '20'. Then veer right (NE) along the ridge a short distance (less than 50m), gaining good views westward across Gibb Gully to the nearby State Forest area.  Reach a nearby stream course (at '21') in a gully just north of the laterite ridge. This location is at about two -thirds of the total walk distance and is a good spot for a second rest stop. Head NW from the stream, initially following an easy kangaroo trail through patchy shrubland and mainly open forest, skirting some small granite outcrops and boulders. At '22' veer westward, and along slope, staying below the breakaway upslope as the higher ground in this area is quite densely covered in 'Pingle' (Dryandra squarrosa) which is best avoided.  At '23' veer NNW and walk along slope before crossing a dry stream course and climbing to a low ridge where you meet a narrow, well defined track (at 'TRK').  Turn right to follow the track initially NE up the ridge to '23A'. Continue northward on the track as it climbs gently uphill through fairly dense Pingle shrubland.  At about '23B' veer right (NE) to leave the track and continue up a broad ridge, picking a route through the shrubland.  Veer ENE at '24'.  The slope flattens before you reach the approx. hilltop at '25'.  Continue ENE, descending a small breakaway slope to soon reach a small flat open area at '26' over shallow granite surrounded by heathland. Head briefly north (left) to '27', then veer WNW (left again) to locate and follow a kangaroo trail which runs along slope on the downhill side of a few large granite boulders or outcrops.   At '28' turn right to head NNE downhill through woodland to reach (at '29') the west side of an incised stream gully. Head approx. north via '30', crossing another side gully.  Continue gently downhill to '31' then veer NW and descend gently across the slope to '32'. (At this point the route briefly meets the early section of the walk at waypt '5'.) Veer left (approx. west) to soon cross a gully, then climb to the laterite hilltop through mainly open woodland to '33'. Then veer WNW and downhill to meet the Park boundary road again at '34'. Follow the road downhill via '35' back to the Start point.

 

 

 Waypoint listing

 

Right click here and then "Save Target/Link As..."  if you wish  to download the waypoints and GPS 'track' as a GPX  file in the standard format recognised by most devices and programs including Garmin and Magellan units and GPS Mapping Software.  If you have a problem uploading the data, please feel free to contact me directly at WalkGPS rather than your users' forum!

Also see WalkGPS Maps, Waypoints & Tracks page for downloadable MAP files, plus GPX and Google Earth (KMZ) files. Also see explanatory notes on file formats and how to upload to your unit.

If you require another format you will need to convert the downloaded file using GPS Visualiser (online) or freeware such as GPSBabel.

The waypoints in the alternative listing below are given as UTM coordinates with datum to match the Walk Map. NOTE: If you wish to manually enter these into your GPS unit you must first set your unit to the correct Datum. Caution: An incorrect datum can result in an approximate 200m location error! (This is a very slow, error-prone method compared to using the above downloadable file and is not recommended.)

 

Route list :

Projection : UTM       Datum : Australian Geodetic 1966       Zone :  50

Waypt name         Easting      Northing      Comments

START       458649  6417806  Start point on Pike Rd, near Park sign.

2           458843  6417721  On dirt road (Park perimeter road).

3           458970  6417838  On dirt road (Park perimeter road).

4           459263  6417862 

5           459366  6417703  Near small gully.

6           459691  6417735  Near small gully.

7           459888  6418228  On broad ridge.

8           460084  6418237  On slope of laterite breakaway.

9           460476  6418050 

9A          460689  6418088

9B          460939  6417864  Cross stream course (through low shrubland).

10          461207  6417364  Cross stream course (through low shrubland).

10A         461402  6416968  On east edge of laterite ridge (views east).

11          461302  6416745 

ROK         461176  6416772  On broad, low granite outcrop.

RK4         461087  6416834  On outcrop.

12          460867  6416739  Near crest of ridge in open woodland.

13          461417  6416105  On slope below breakaway, near gully.

14          461356  6416032  On slope below breakaway, near gully.

15          461604  6415722

15A         461762  6415262  Meet eastern perimeter road.

16          461753  6415045  Leave park perimeter road.

16A         461566  6414773

16B         461175  6414616

17          460691  6414585

17A         460375  6414718  On crest of broad ridge.

RK2         460227  6415065  Small granite outcrop(& cairn)near stream course.

18          460022  6415029  On steep hillside below laterite breakaway.

19          459653  6415357  Near top of laterite breakaway.

20          459479  6415477  On narrow promontory of laterite breakaway.

21          459553  6415559  In broad gully, close to stream course.

22          459384  6415700  On slope, below breakaway.

23          459074  6415728

TRK         458850  6416274  Meet narrow track.

23A         458961  6416448  On narrow track through shrubland (Pingle).

23B         458941  6416639  On narrow track through shrubland (Pingle).

24          459197  6416831  Off-track, in shrubland and light forest.

25          459580  6416938  In light forest and shrubland, on broad hill-top.

26          459813  6417002  Small flat open area over shallow granite.

27          459808  6417053 

28          459593  6417129  Near large granite boulders.

29          459658  6417232  On west side of gully.

30          459594  6417308  On west side of gully.

31          459622  6417432  On west side of gully.

32          459399  6417708

33          459103  6417671  On laterite hilltop, mainly open woodland.

34          458922  6417744  Meet dirt road (Park perimeter road).

35          458830  6417725  On dirt road (Park perimeter road).

END         458645  6417806  Back at Start point. 

Additional Waypoints on map : 

ALT-ST      461466  6414264  Alternate start point at SE corner of Park.

AL-ST2      458914  6415801  Possible alternate start point.

RK3         460057  6417473  Granite outcrop (approx. 150-200m long).

50          460195  6417376  Near upper edge of granite outcrop.

51          460625  6417436  On east side of gully.

52          461227  6415757  At edge of parrot bush shrubland on ridge.

53          460902  6415678  In quite thick shrubland (mainly Pingle).

 

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