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Boyagin rock, with Kunzea pulchella
(Granite Kunzea) in foreground, Oct. 2003.
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140 kms SE of Perth.
16 field kms (95% off-track)
(or can be shortened to approx. 14.5 kms by simple variation (on track from waypoint 'RD6' to 'RD7', bypassing section in western area).
|Degree of difficulty :||
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|Amount of uphill walking :||400m (cumulative ascent)|
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Follow Brookton Hwy for 94 kms, then York-Williams Rd (on right) for 10 kms, then Boyagin Rd (gravel/dirt, on left) for 6.5 kms (taking special care driving on the initial section of Boyagin Rd which is poorly gravelled and can become very slippery when wet), then 1.3 kms along dirt road (Pech Road) on left to Boyagin Rock picnic area. Park in the picnic area. (No entry fee. Toilets nearby, but no water.) Motel accommodation is available at the small town of Pingelly on the Great Southern Hwy east of the Reserve, about 30 kms by road (ph. 08 98871075).
Alternatively, you could combine a visit to Boyagin Rock with a prior visit to Dryandra (only 40 kms south; see Dryandra walk). From Dryandra, take the Wandering-Narrogin Rd NW about 16 kms to Pumphreys Bridge, then follow the York-Williams Rd north for 24 kms to Boyagin Rd on the right.
|Escape route/s :||
A fire access road (see map) runs approx. N-S though the middle of the walk area (from the northern Reserve boundary, near waypoint 'RD3', to Boyagin Rd in south at waypoint '45'). From the northern Reserve boundary it is about 2 kms NW across farmland to Jelcobine Rd, then a further 2.5 kms to Brookton Hwy. Several other tracks/dirt roads are also available, including to the SW and NW boundaries of the Reserve (see map).
This walk is within the small Boyagin Nature Reserve (4966 ha, declared in 1991). The Reserve is a fascinating place that amply rewards the 2 hour drive from Perth. Despite the more distant location, the walk can be completed comfortably as a day walk.
Like Dryandra Woodland (about 40 kms to the south) and Lupton Conservation Park (less than 20 kms west), the Reserve is another 'island' of remnant bushland within the wheatbelt east of the Darling Range. It has similar high conservation value for both fauna and flora. Native animals reintroduced to the Reserve as part of DEC's Western Shield project include numbats, woylies and other marsupials. The tammar wallaby also survives in the area.
The Reserve is mainly known for the massive Boyagin Rock granite outcrop which can be easily climbed from the nearby picnic area and provides good views across the surrounding bushland and farmland. -But beyond the Rock and its fringing sheoak thickets, the adjacent, mainly open woodlands provide for some excellent off-track walking, as on this walk. Wandoo dominates the woodlands but there is a diversity of eucalypts, including brown mallets, York gums, marri and other species. The attractive Eucalyptus caesia which is a well known cultivar, occurs naturally only very locally on Boyagin Rock and other isolated outcrops across the central wheatbelt. The shrub Kunzea pulchella (Granite Kunzea) also puts on a brilliant red display in gullies on the lower slopes of the Rock in spring. Dense heathlands, which cover some of the lateritic hilltops, are mainly avoided by this walk route, but are well worth visiting during the spring flowering.
Apart from Boyagin Rock there are several other large granite outcrops (not shown on map) within the Reserve and the walk route crosses a few of these. It also takes in the forested summit of Mount Jelcobine (402m) which is the highest point in the reserve (marked by a large rock cairn erected in 1951 by Dept. of Land Admin. surveyors.) and provides a view 3kms back to Boyagin Rock from its SE flank. The route also passes across the site of an apparently historic homestead of which only the brick fireplace survives. (This is possibly the remains of a post-First World War, early 1920's, soldier settler's cottage.)
The terrain is mainly quite gentle, aside from an initial 70m climb up the slopes of Boyagin Rock, plus several short climbs up laterite 'breakaways' / rocky escarpments and up the banks of incised dry stream gullies.
Shorter walk option: The route can be easily adjusted to give a shortened walk of approx. 14.5 kms, bypassing the western section by taking a short cut south along a dirt road directly from waypoint 'RD6' to 'RD7'.
For overnighters: The Boyagin Rock picnic area at the Start point is suitable for overnight camping, but has only basic facilities (toilets, barbecue, no water).
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 Youraling 1:50,000 Sheet 2233-II (Dept. of Lands & Surveys, now DOLA, 1979).
|Other background references :||
An Information Display at the picnic site at the base of Boyagin Rock provides an excellent summary of the Reserve, including the strong cultural and spiritual links of the Nyoongar people to the area.
"Travellers guide to the Parks & Reserves of Western Australia" by Simon Nevill, 2001, p.113 (Simon Nevill Publications), includes a short summary of the Reserve.
For birdwatchers, see "Birdwatching around Narrogin" for a brief overview of this region plus contact details for Birdlife Western Australia. Over 80 bird species have been recorded in the Boyagin Rock Reserve.
"Exploring the Wheatbelt Woodlands" by Mike Bamford, 1995 (CALM), provides a good introduction to the flora and fauna of remnant woodlands in the region.
See also DEC's site for possible additional information on the Reserve.
See Granite Outcrops (Merredin Districts Visitors site) for a summary of more remote, large granite outcrops to explore in the Wheatbelt region.
Route notes :
Follow the short path from the Start point at the picnic area car park. That takes you directly to the foot of the eastern granite slopes of Boyagin Rock (at about waypoint '1'). (See Kunzea pulchella flowering in this area.) Climb to the northern bald granite summit (via '2', '3') to obtain good views. This is only about a 70m climb. Cross to a rock pool (in winter/spring) near the top of the steep southern flank which drops off to the 'split-in-the-Rock', separating the northern culmination of the Rock from the southern, slightly higher summit (elevation at about 375m above sea level, but only about 75m above the level of the picnic area). There are good views SE from here across the 'split'. Then head due west from the summit area down the gentler part of the western slopes to reach the woodlands at the foot of the Rock (at '4'). Then head initially north (to '5'), then NW through fairly thick woodland to reach a dirt road on a low ridge (at 'RD'). Turn right to follow the road NW for about 200m, then veer NNW and off-track (at '7') to soon cross a quite deeply incised stream gully. Continue less than 0.5km northward through woodland on an east-sloping hillside to reach a small, steep-sided laterite 'knob' (at '8'). Cross the knob and thread your way through a thicket of young 'Jam' trees (Acacia acuminata) to reach in 200m the foot of a sizeable granite outcrop (at '9'). Climb approx. NNW up the outcrop to reach a broad lightly forested ridge after 150-200m. Then descend gently, still NNW, initially on an outcrop and then through another narrow thicket of young 'Jam' trees, to soon cross a dirt road (at 'RD2'). Continue NNW to cross a gentle, forested valley and reach a small outcrop (at '10'). Veer NNE to follow the hillside across partly rocky ground to another larger, outcrop, with views east across the nearby farmlands (at '11'). Continue around the hillside (via '12') to reach open wandoo woodland on a narrow W-E laterite ridge (at '13') with views of farmlands to the north. Descend the northern escarpment to reach an interesting group of tall granite boulders (at 'ROK-N') which enclose a small unroofed space. Veer approx. westward through the open woodland, climbing gently along the slope to reach a fire access road (at 'RD3'). Turn left to follow the road SW across the hilltop through woodland for about 700m. When the road veers left and heads more steeply downhill (at '14'), veer SW off-track and soon reach a low lateritic ridge (at '14A'). Veer westward across a gentle saddle then (at '14B') pick a way SW for a short distance (less than 100m, to '15') through large, closely-spaced granite boulders. Then veer WNW quite steeply uphill to reach the flat, wooded summit of Mount Jelcobine (at 'CRN'), marked by a large rock cairn erected by surveyors in 1951. Head due south from the summit through open woodland to reach an outcrop at '16'. Walk SW down the outcrop as far as '17', then turn sharp left to cross (in less than 100m) the nearby forested ridge to reach an outcrop on the other side (at '17A') from where there is a good view across the woodlands back to north Boyagin Rock, now 3 kms to the SE. Then back-track to the outcrop at '17', and descend the granite slope westward to re-enter forest. Soon (at '18') veer SSW and cross some interesting ground strewn with very large granite boulders. Reach a dirt road (at 'RD4'), and turn left to follow the road approx. south for about 100m. Then veer SE and off-track through forest for about 200m to re-cross the same looping road. Continue off-track to soon reach a long, low granite outcrop (at 'SLAB'). Follow this outcrop for almost 400m, initially southward to '21' and then SW to re-enter forest (at 'ENDRK'). Then head southward following close to the western side of a deeply-incised stream gully. At '22' head WSW away from the gully and cross gently undulating country picking a way through or around possible patches of thicker heathland. After about 700m cross a dirt road (at 'RD6') and follow another dirt road opposite which heads approx. SW through shrubland. [Alternatively at 'RD6', if you prefer the shortened 14.5 km walk, instead of crossing the road, turn left to follow it south to 'RD7'. Then proceed from that point as described below.] At '25' veer WSW (to right) to walk gently downslope through woodland and cross a small stream gully. Continue WSW across boulder-strewn ground to '26', then veer NW to soon cross a gully and soon reach a narrow laterite ridge (at '27'). Walk northward along the narrowing flat top of the ridge for less than 100m to where it ends abruptly in an escarpment (at 'RDG-VU'). This laterite promontory provides excellent sweeping views northward across the adjacent farmland. Then veer SW following the hillside (via '28'). Then veer more southward and climb gently to a broader laterite plateau. After '29' head SE downslope, initially through woodland, and in less than 200m pass large boulders (at 'BLDRS'). Soon after reach a minor vehicle track (at 'RD6B'). Turn left to follow the track uphill for only about 100m. Then (at '30') head ESE for 0.5km, crossing another boulder-strewn wooded ridge, and climb a laterite escarpment. After '31' cross a deep gully and after '31A', continue SE-ward for about 700m (via waypoints 'RK3', 'RD7', 'RD8' and '32') , again partly following the steepish slopes below a laterite breakaway and crossing two small spur ridges on the higher, flatter ground above the breakaway. At '32' reach the edge of an outcrop and veer southward to follow the outcrop for about 250m (to '32A'). Then veer ESE to re-enter forest and soon descend to the very gentle terrain of the valley floor. Cross approx. stream courses at '33' and '34', then veer ENE and gently uphill to reach the site of an old homestead in a grassed clearing (at 'HISTC'). Only a solitary brick fireplace survives to indicate some history here. Cross the nearby dirt road (at 'RD8A') and continue ENE and very gently uphill for about 1.4 kms, easily bypassing some dense patches of 'Prickly Poison' (Gastrolobium spinosum) in the lower lying areas to reach a dirt road (at 'RD9'). Cross the road and continue ENE off-track to soon reach the rocky, shrubland fringes of south Boyagin Rock (at '37'). Pick a way NW partly through shrubland and partly across patches of open outcrop. (Keep a look out here for Eucalyptus caesia and Hakea petiolaris in flower.) After '38' you will soon reach the more extensive open outcrop with a good view back to the northern granite dome of Boyagin Rock, across the 'split-in-the-Rock'. Cross the crest eastward to '38A'. Then head approx. ENE down the fairly gentle granite slope for a distance of about 700m veering either left or right to stay on the exposed granite and bypass the narrow strip of shrubland along the crest of the ridge. At the foot of the slope, re-enter forest and continue ENE to soon get back to the Start point at the picnic area.
Right click here and then "Save Target/Link As..." if you wish to download the Waypoints in a (zipped) plain text file (in Garmin PCX5 format, WGS84 datum, and decimal Degrees) suitable for import to GPS Mapping Software or for direct serial upload to a GPS unit (after unzipping and loading into a freeware program such as 'g7towin'). For OziExplorer users (after first loading and calibrating a map): To open the saved, unzipped file, select the "Garmin" menu button on the OziExplorer toolbar, then "Select PCX5 support", then "Get waypoints from GRM file". 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.
The waypoints in the alternative listing below are given as UTM coordinates with datum to match the Walk map. 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.)
Route list :
Projection : UTM Datum : Australian Geodetic 1966 Zone : 50
Waypt name Easting Northing Comments
START 489169 6407223 Car park at Boyagin Rock picnic area.
1 489031 6407305 On pathway near foot of east slope of the Rock.
2 488896 6407524 In sheoak thicket fringing the Rock.
3 488791 6407536 At base of steeper upper granite slope of Rock.
PL 488660 6407354 Rock pool (in winter/spring) near north summit.
4 488494 6407372 Near foot of western slope of the Rock.
5 488493 6407440 At edge of bushland at west edge of Rock.
RD 488324 6407643 Meet dirt road (not on map).
7 488420 6407812 Leave dirt road.
8 488337 6408431 On small laterite 'knob'.
9 488386 6408634 At foot of large slope outcrop, rising to NNW.
RD2 488241 6409001 Cross dirt road (on map).
10 488027 6409597 Small outcrop on SE-sloping, forested hillside.
11 488202 6409907 On/near outcrop, view to east over farmland.
12 488117 6410042
13 488171 6410149 On narrow, wooded, laterite ridge.
ROK-N 488121 6410267 Group of massive boulders forming a nearly-enclosed space.
RD3 487900 6410211 Meet fire access road.
14 487507 6409652 Leave fire access road.
14A 487306 6409557 On gentle lateritic ridge.
14B 487046 6409589 Near large granite boulders.
15 486996 6409546 Near large granite boulders.
CRN 486797 6409627 Large rock cairn at Mt. Jelcobine summit.
16 486803 6409401 At edge of granite outcrop, sloping approx. WSW.
17 486757 6409358 On outcrop, just W of low, wooded ridge.
17A 486816 6409333 On outcrop, just E of ridge. View to the Rock.
18 486585 6409369 In forest.
RD4 486471 6409091 Meet dirt road (on map).
19 486437 6409000 Leave dirt road.
20 486517 6408856 Cross dirt road.
SLAB 486564 6408788 Edge of long granite slab, sloping gently south.
21 486581 6408662 On long granite slab.
ENDRK 486399 6408499 SW edge of long granite slab.
22 486357 6408253 In bushland near stream gully.
RD6 485690 6408060 Cross dirt road (on map), to start of another rd.
25 485504 6407879 Leave dirt road.
26 484988 6407832 Near small gully, on gentle boulder-strewn slope.
27 484903 6408022 On narrow laterite ridge.
RDG-VU 484920 6408082 On narrow laterite promontory (with good views N & NW).
28 484581 6407782 In shrubland on laterite surface.
29 484503 6407434 On slope of laterite 'breakaway'.
BLDRS 484638 6407334 Group of large boulders.
RD6B 484693 6407288 Meet dirt rd.
30 484802 6407322 Leave dirt road.
31 485301 6407228 Cross deeply incised stream gully.
31A 485281 6407118 In light wandoo woodland on breakaway slopes.
RK3 485384 6407060 Small outcrop on forested ridge.
RD7 485584 6406917 Cross dirt road (on map).
RD8 485793 6406775 Cross dirt road (on map).
32 485858 6406716 Edge of outcrop.
32A 485893 6406492 On outcrop.
33 486289 6406415 Cross approx. stream course.
34 486456 6406443 Cross approx. stream course.
HISTC 486744 6406537 Historic homestead site (only fireplace remains).
RD8A 486775 6406544 Cross fire access road (on map).
RD9 488162 6406798 Cross dirt road.
37 488295 6406862 Approx. west edge of southern Boyagin Rock.
38 488362 6406960 On south Boyagin Rock outcrop/fringing shrubland.
38A 488652 6406955 On south Boyagin Rock.
END 489166 6407217 Back at Start point.
Additional Waypoints on map :
24 485727 6407660 At T-junction between two dirt roads in west.
41 487684 6408726 Junction between fire access road and side track.
41A 487068 6407958 Fire access track intersects NW-SE track.
42 486719 6407409 Junction between fire access road and side track.
43 484722 6405873 Southern area track meets Boyagin Road.
44 485977 6405874 Southern area track meets Boyagin Road.
45 486965 6406115 Fire access road meets Boyagin Road.
46 487975 6406104 Track crosses Boyagin Road.
47 489240 6405985 Picnic area access road meets Boyagin Road.
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