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View NW from south side
of Wungong Gorge, Jan. 2003.
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33 kms SE of Perth.
17 field kms (35% off-track)
(or can be shortened to 10-13 kms by simple variations, and/or by leaving a second car at the Wungong Dam end of the valley).
|Degree of difficulty :||
MEDIUM-HARD (What does this mean?)
Note: The full walk is quite challenging even for experienced walkers, but various shorter and easier walk options can be selected by the less fit or less experienced walker.
|Amount of uphill walking :||610m (cumulative ascent)|
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Follow South Western Hwy south from Armadale toward Byford for approx. 4.5 kms, then turn left into Rails Crescent (south end of the Crescent, not the north end which also meets the S.W. Hwy, but about 1.5 kms closer to Armadale). Immediately after turning off the Hwy, park on a small grassed area on right hand side of Rails Crescent at the Start point for the walk. (For a much-shortened walk, a second car can be left at a carpark opposite the Wungong Lower Dam picnic area which is reached via Albany Hwy and Admiral Road).
|Escape route/s :||
West along Wungong Brook track to South Western Hwy, or east along track to Admiral Road.
This walk is a good exploration of the quite rugged Wungong Brook Gorge area which lies within the 4100 ha Wungong Regional Park (part of the former 'Darling Range Regional Park' system). The Gorge has been formed by the Wungong Brook eroding about 200m into the granite bedrock as it crosses the western edge of the Darling Range. The walk includes three energetic, but well-separated climbs out of, and back into the Gorge area (each climb approx. 150-200m). This provides for lots of great views along the Gorge and across the Swan Coastal Plain from both the north and south sides. Short sections of the route also lie along the southern edge of the Bungendore Park reserve (now included in the Wungong Regional Park) which covers a broad, forested lateritic plateau immediately north of the Gorge. The walk also includes about 3 kms of easy walking along a section of a wide track which follows the Brook through the Gorge from near the Wungong Dam to the South Western Hwy.
The route climbs some quite steep, rocky or gravelly slopes, both on and off-track, but these are safe provided reasonable care is taken. The off-track sections include some short sections of scratchy heath and shrubs.
Note: Along the banks of Wungong Brook, as occurs along many other rivers and streams near the Darling Scarp, the invasive pink- to red-flowering weed Watsonia spp. is rapidly infesting the stream banks. The Narrow-Leaf Cotton Bush (or Swan Plant; Gomphocarpus fruticosus) is another common weed becoming established, which attracts large numbers of Wanderer (Monarch) butterflies (Danaus plexippus) to the area as the larvae feed on the weed (but don't control it).
Shorter and easier walk options: The route can be easily adjusted to give a shortened walk of approx. 13 kms by bypassing the eastern section after waypoint '19' and instead crossing the Brook at 'CSG2' and continuing from waypoint '32'. Another possible variation for a walk of approx. 10 kms is to have two cars available and to leave one at the Admiral Road (Wungong Dam) end of the Gorge and finish the walk at that end. Off-track walking on the quite steep southern side of the gorge can also be bypassed by much easier, though less interesting on-track options (after waypoint '34').
Post-walk activity: If time allows after your walk, stop in at the nearby Armadale Reptile Centre which is on the South Western Hwy about 1.5 km toward Armadale from the Start point of this walk. This rescue and education centre, owned by Klaas & Mieke Gaikhorst, is open 7 days a week (but only to 4.00pm) and has over 50 different species of snakes, pythons, lizards and other native wildlife on display in natural surroundings. Entry fee (adults) is $15/head. Well worth a visit!
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: Kelmscott 1:50,000 Sheet 2133-4, (CALM/DOLA, 2002)
or Kelmscott 1:50,000 Sheet (WA Forests Dept., 1984)
or Kelmscott 1:25,000 2133-IV, SW sheet (Dept. of Lands & Survey, 1981; Series R811) -available on DVD.
Other background references :
Landscope magazine (DEC), Autumn 2008, p.40-45. - Article (on the history, management, etc) of Wungong Regional Park which covers both Wungong Valley and much of Churchman Brook to the NE.
Travellers guide to the Parks & Reserves of Western Australia by Simon Nevill, 2001, p. 48 (Simon Nevill Publications), includes a brief summary of Bungendore Park.
Heritage Country Trails - Bushwalks & Trails in Perth's "Heritage Country", City of Armadale, Armadale, WA. (ISBN 0-646-38397-3). This includes sketch maps for existing short trails in Bungendore Park and for the Wungong Gorge Trail (the direct 5 km path which follows the Wungong Brook through the Gorge).
Visit Frank O'Connor's website for a bird spotter's summary . Western Australian Museum's 'CockatooCare' site provides good summaries of the endemic black cockatoo species that can be seen in this area, the most common being the Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.
For a climbers' perspective of the Gorge, check the Climbers' Association of W.A. website listing of guide books.
Route notes :
Head SE for 0.5 km from the Start point to '1', after crossing the nearby stream. The route crosses an open grassed area. Then veer approx. eastward to follow the steepening ridge uphill through open forest and grass trees to reach a N-S vehicle track at waypt '2', and get a view south across the Wungong Brook valley. Continue up the ridge through a more dense understorey of grass trees. Reach another track at '3' and get good views SE across the side valley. Follow the track initially a short distance eastward, then uphill northward to reach the crest of the ridge at '4'. Turn eastward off-track to follow the ridge through forest (and passing a small survey cairn at 'SMLCRN') to meet another track after only about 150m. Follow the track to reach (at '5') a N-S vehicle track along the fenced boundary of the Bungendore Park. Turn right to follow the track for 100m and then turn left at '6' to follow a track into the Park. Follow the track gently uphill for about 250m to '7' and then veer approx. south off-track and gently downhill to reach after only about 100m (at 'CAMPVU') an old campsite at a small granite outcrop with good views SW down the valley to the Coastal Plain. Veer west though heathland and across more outcrops to '9' and then NW to '10'. Then descend quite steeply SW to '11', veer NW along slope to '12' and then descend steeply SW again through fairly dense heath/shrubs to reach a vehicle track at '13'. Follow the track downhill for 0.5 km to '14', then south to '15' to reach the main track through the Wungong Gorge. Follow this vehicle track approx. eastward through the Gorge for about 2 kms : After the first 500m along this track you will see broken rocks at the edge of an old granite quarry on the left that was mined in the 1960s to provide rock for the Garden Island Causeway. Soon after you cross Wungong Brook by a small bridge and then follow the south bank for 500m, with good views of the steep rock faces along the northern side of the Gorge. (The large rock 'slab' here is popular with climbers. -See Climbers' Association of W.A. ). Along this section, take a short diversion down a short side track which veers off down to the Brook to a flow gauging weir. Re-cross the Brook to the north side via a bridge at about '17'. After '18' the track climbs gently. On reaching waypt '19' turn left off the main track to follow a side track up a fairly steep ridge to reach '20' after 0.5 km. [Alternatively at '19', if you prefer the shortened 13 km walk, turn right down the short steep track to cross a shallow ford across the Brook at 'CSG2'. Then proceed from that point as described below.] The track then rises more gently to pass through a gate near the flat site of a former house ('HOUSE') which was demolished in about 2004. Continue gently uphill northward (to '23') onto the laterite plateau and through an area being revegetated within Bungendore Park. Then turn right (east) through the jarrah forest and at 'FIRES1' pass a firetrack on the right and continue east on a track along the Park boundary to '25'. Then turn right on a track which enters an old gravel pit. (This is at about the halfway point on the walk.) Veer SE to cross the gravel pit and re-enter the forest off-track. Pass through a section of bracken ferns and then into wandoo woodland and grass trees close to a ridge. At '26' veer south down the ridge (and take care not to trip on loose wires along an old fenceline crossed at 'WIRE'). Further down the ridge (and still off-track) the forest gives way to open grazing land, with a view up the valley to Wungong Dam, 1 km to the SE. (About 0.5 km across the valley from this point is the site of the homestead of the pioneering Butcher family which was built in the 1860s - only the foundations remain.) At '27' meet a track and follow it downhill less than 100m, then take a right turn at '28' to get back onto the main track through the valley. [Alternatively after '27', if you have left a second car at the 'CARPARK' near the Wungong Lower Dam picnic area, you turn left to follow the track to a gate at 'RD' and then descend steeply off-track to the right to soon reach the carpark. This results in a total walk distance of only about 10 kms.]
Follow the track via '29' and '30' along the north side of the Brook for about 1 km back to waypt '19'. Then turn left down the short steep track to cross a shallow ford across the Brook at 'CSG2'. Walk up the south bank, partly off-track, to '32' and then turn right (west) and soon follow a vehicle track, veering NW from about 'RD1'. On reaching '34', veer northward off-track and initially quite steeply downhill to '35'. [Alternatively at '34' , if you prefer to bypass about 1.4 kms of off-track walking between '34' and '43', you have an easy, but much less rewarding option of continuing along the vehicle track. The track soon bends sharply southward and climbs gently uphill for about 300m before switching back WNW-ward to a 4-way junction at 'JCN-1'. For the shortest - but least interesting option - take the southward track which soon veers due west and continues via 'TRN2' and 'XRD' to '43'. For another option, take the northward track from 'JCN1' which leads you gently downhill to 'JCN2., then zigzags southward up to the hilltop before heading westward for about 350m. Turn left at '41' and follow an old track which heads due south. Turn right at 'XRD' after 400m to follow another vehicle track west along a boundary fence to reach '43'.]
From '35', pick a way along slope through a short section of denser understorey and abundant grass trees to reach a rock outcrop at 'ROK1'. Climb the outcrop SW-ward to '37', then veer due west to follow an animal trail through scratchy shrubland and cross a track. After another short section of shrubland, reach the beginning of a more steeply sloping open area of outcrop on the south side of the Gorge. There are excellent views across and along the Gorge from about this point. At '38' veer left (SW) to climb the rocky slope and soon reach a broad area of heathlands and very open forest around the edge of a southern plateau. Walk westward mainly along slope via '39' and '40', across outcrops, and on animal tracks through the heath, to meet a vehicle track at about '41'. The track soon branches left, but continue straight ahead downhill to '42', and then SW until the track reaches a stream gully at '42A'. Cross the gully to continue SW off-track, initially picking a way through low shrubland to enter relatively open forest after about '42B'. Reach an east-west vehicle track and follow it SW to cross another stream gully (at '43'). Continue westward on the track via '44', to get some good views north and NE across the Gorge. On reaching 'CNR2', follow a track which runs initially northward and downhill along the east side of a fence. The track soon veers NE to '46'. [Alternatively at '44' , if you don't mind bypassing some good views, you can cross an old barbwire-topped fence on the north side of the vehicle track and head downhill almost due west to reach the other track at '66' more directly after only 75m, cutting about 250m off the walk distance.] From '46' the track follows a gully steeply downhill, then after crossing the stream course it climbs to cross a spur ridge with excellent views eastward back along the Gorge. It then descends again, initially very steeply, becoming deeply rutted and rocky, before reaching the banks of Wungong Brook. Continue north on a short foot-track to cross the Brook and reach the main vehicle track again on the northern side (after '47'). Follow the main track NW for about 200m (via '48') and then continue off-track and NW through the open forest and back across the open grassed area to get back to the Start point.
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!
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 : Geocentric Datum Australia 1994 Zone : 50
Waypt name Easting Northing Comments
START 407222 6438165 Corner of South Western Hwy & Rails Crescent.
1 407624 6437833
2 407996 6437909 Meet N-S track.
3 408195 6438092 Meet another vehicle track.
4 408238 6438355
SMLCRN 408265 6438355 Very small cairn of laterite boulders near Lands & Survey marker.
5 408474 6438333 Meet track along Bungendore Park fence.
6 408482 6438231 Entry gate into SW area of Bungendore Park.
7 408715 6438084
CAMPVU 408740 6437970
9 408554 6437995
10 408512 6438046
11 408436 6437953
12 408381 6438003
13 408317 6437961 Meet vehicle track.
14 408009 6437597 Track crosses stream gully.
15 408005 6437411 Track meets main track through Gorge.
INTRN2 408438 6437042 Main Gorge track crosses Brook.
17 408910 6437273 Gorge track crosses to north side of Brook.
18 409684 6437119
19 409891 6436829 Meet side tracks. (Option here to go direct to 'CSG2')
20 409934 6437316
HOUSE 410103 6437538 Clearing. Site of former house.
23 410067 6437951
FIRES1 410199 6437963
25 410508 6437966 Entrance to old gravel pit.
26 410812 6437665
WIRE 410805 6437602 Cross old fenceline (watch out for loose wires!)
27 410754 6437292 Meet track. Option here to go NE to 'CARPARK'.
28 410792 6437216 On main track through Wungong Gorge/valley.
29 410369 6437269
30 410031 6437036
19 409887 6436825
CSG2 409946 6436761 Shallow ford across Wungong Brook.
32 409886 6436668
RD1 409668 6436656 On vehicle track.
34 409610 6436758 On vehicle track.
35 409645 6436882
ROK1 409581 6437017 Rocky outcrop.
37 409516 6436985
38 409321 6436988
39 409219 6436861
40 409108 6436876
41 408872 6436805 Meet vehicle track.
42 408680 6436777 Track branches.
42A 408612 6436621 At sharp bend in old dirt road, at stream course.
42B 408633 6436549
43 408515 6436388 Track crosses stream gully.
44 408159 6436406 On vehicle track.
CNR2 408002 6436307 Track branches.
46 408083 6436423
47 408009 6437386 On foot-track across Wungong Brook.
48 407903 6437538 On main vehicle track.
END 407216 6438168 Back at Start point.
Additional waypoints on map :
ENTRY 407280 6437790 Main entry gate to Wungong Gorge vehicle track.
ENTRY2 410798 6438885 Eastern entry gate to Bungendore Park.
FIRES2 409021 6438067 On W-E track through southern Bungendore Park.
23A 409752 6438778 Intersection of tracks in Bungendore Park.
QRY 408334 6437252 Site of old granite quarry at Gorge entry.
ALTCSG 409085 6437249 Poss. additional off-track Brook crossing point.
CSG 410419 6437250 Additional Brook crossing point near east end.
RD 411072 6437503 Gate across main vehicle track near east end.
CARPARK 411214 6437539 Carpark on west side of Admiral road.
DAMPARK 411622 6436729 Carpark near Wungong Dam.
CNR 410831 6436487 Intersection of vehicle tracks/road in SE.
GATE 410411 6436183 Gate across track into private property.
TRN2 409444 6436431 Point on W-E vehicle track in south.
JCN1 409525 6436555 4-way junction of old vehicle tracks.
JCN2 409443 6436932 Y-junction of old vehicle tracks.
XRD 408858 6436420 Intersection of vehicle tracks in south.
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