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Dryandra, Oct. 2003.
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164 kms SE of Perth.
Main walk 22 field kms (45% off-track).
Also, existing trails:
Loy Gray 12.5 kms; Wandoo 3.5 kms.
|Degree of difficulty :||
MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||330m (cumulative ascent)|
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Down Albany Hwy to North Bannister (94 kms from Perth), then about 68 kms along North Bannister-Wandering and Wandering-Narrogin Roads to reach turnoff on right to Dryandra Village, located approx. 2 kms along a dirt road.
|Escape route/s :||
Via Tomingley Road (dirt road through middle of walk area) and/or several other vehicle tracks to York-Williams Road in west or back to Dryandra Village in east.
Dryandra is one of Western Australia's premier conservation areas and a very special place to visit. In springtime its magnificent wandoo woodlands and wildflowers are at their best and the area is a prime place for spotting bird life (over 100 species) and native animals (including the State's animal emblem, the numbat, a small striped marsupial which you may be lucky enough to spot during the day). Allow 6 hours for this walk assuming a reasonable pace. The terrain is mainly quite gentle but the route crosses several laterite 'breakaways' / rocky escarpments and occasional (usually dry) stream gullies.
The off-track sections are mainly through open woodland. Occasionally the prolific Poison Bush (Gastrolobium microcarpum) or the tall straggly Golden Dryandra (Dryandra nobilis) form quite a dense understorey, but they can be easily bypassed by small diversions from the direct path. The on-track sections include parts of the established and well marked Woylie Walk (5.5 kms return) and Ochre Trail (5 kms return) maintained by DEC.
The Woylie Walk was selected by DSR and DEC in late 2008 as one of about 30 bushwalking trails in WA that are to be promoted as TrailsWA "Top Trails". - The WalkGPS walk route includes two-thirds of the Woylie Walk.) I also recommend the Lol Gray Trail (12.5 kms return) and Wandoo Walk (1 km return) which are included on the walk map. To include those last two walks, allow for a single night's stay at Dryandra so that upon arrival on the morning of Day 1 you can do both the Lol Gray and Wandoo walks, and then the main walk on Day 2.
For overnighters: You could camp at the Congelin Campground, off the York-Williams Road, SW of the walk area, where you need to provide your own water. The facilities include toilets and barbecues. DEC camping fees apply (currently $7.00 per adult per night).
Alternatively you can stay overnight for as little as A$25 (per person) in one of the very well restored and self-contained, old foresters' cottages in the Village managed by the Lions Club (phone the Village Caretaker on 08 98845231 for accommodation information).
The cottage accommodation is ideal and central to the various walks and also to the excellent Barna Mia animal sanctuary tour run 4 nights per week by DEC (admission $13 adults; contact DEC's Narrogin office, ph. 08 98819200). The sanctuary tour is a special opportunity to see several of the threatened species of nocturnal native animals which are being brought back from the edge of extinction (including the bizarre Bilby, the Burrowing Bettong or boodie, the Rufous Hare Wallaby or Wurrup, and others).
|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: Dwarda & Congelin 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2232-3 & 2232-2.
Dryandra 1:50,000 Sheet (Forests Department, 1978).
|Other background references :||
"Forests on Foot (40 walks in W.A.)" by Meney & Brown, 1985, pp.87-92 (Wescolour Press, Fremantle). The walk on this page captures some sections of the two-day walk originally well-described in that book.
Wikipedia-Dryandra Woodland - A good article, including a useful additional reference list.
"Dryandra Woodland" - DEC's website summary.
"Woodland Wonderland" article by D. Mitchell & N.Higgs, in Landscope magazine (CALM), Vol.9, No.4, Winter 1994, pp.28-35.
"A Wonderful Woodland" article by A.Desmond & M.Boothey, in Landscope magazine (CALM), Vol.13, No.1, Spring 1997, pp.36-41.
"Exploring the Wheatbelt Woodlands" by Mike Bamford, 1995 (CALM), provides a good introduction to the flora and fauna of remnant woodlands in the region.
"Travellers guide to the Parks & Reserves of Western Australia" by Simon Nevill, 2001, pp.106-112 (Simon Nevill Publications) includes a good summary and photos.
For birdwatchers, see "Birdwatching around Narrogin" for a brief overview of this region plus contact details for Birdlife Western Australia. Also Frank O'Connors website for a bird spotter's summary.
"Native Trees of Dryandra and Nearby Districts" by Ken Wallace, CALM, (undated).
"Dryandra Woodland Management Plan 1995-2005" by Dept. of Conservation and Land Management (CALM). This includes summaries of the flora & fauna, geology, history, park plans, etc.
"Woylie Walk" (5.5 kms) which partly overlaps with this walk is now summarised on the Trails WA website as one of the W.A. trails selected by DSR and DEC for promotion under the "TrailsWA Top Trails Project".
Route notes :
Head north up the road from the Start point at Dryandra Village and veer east to follow Gura Road uphill to reach waypt '2' after 1.7 km. Then turn left to follow (in reverse direction) the marked 'Woylie Walk' for almost 1 km SW until the track takes a left (SE) turn (at '2A'). Continue SSW off-track and downhill for a further 1 km to reach Tomingley Road at waypt '3' near a stream course. Follow the road westward for about 400m and turn left into Weirah Road and locate the markers to the start and end of the 'Ochre Trail' on the right and left hand side of the road respectively at approx 'OCHRE'. Turn left off Weirah Road to waypt '5' and follow the Ochre Trail in reverse direction via waypoints '5' to '7', through delightful open woodlands, past an ancient aboriginal red ochre pit, and up a laterite breakaway, to reach a laterite plateau with views to farming pasture lands to the SE and finally to reach the Dryandra Firetower ('FIRETR'). Walk about 130m to waypt '10' south of the firetower on a continuation of Weirah Road (as Tower Road) to an intersection with a side track on the right. Head initially westward off-track from this intersection to descend a breakaway and cross dry stream gullies to reach waypt '10A'. Veer approx. SW and reach a N-S vehicle track (Baaluc Road) at '10B', about 1km from the firetower. Cross the road and continue approx. SW for 700m to '10C', initially ascending another breakaway and getting some further views to the SE, then veer WNW, and after 500m cross another vehicle track (Marri Road) at '11'. Continue WNW across gentle terrain for about 800m to '12' and then veer NW along the western edge of a breakaway until descending to cross a stream course and reach Tomingley Road ('TOM-RD') about 1 km after '12'. This is about the Halfway Point on the walk. Cross the road and veer NNW to skirt the flanks of a breakaway which rises to the NW. Near the top of the breakaway at waypt '14' veer NE to descend and cross gentle terrain until reaching another breakaway after about 700m. Climb the breakaway but skirt around the eastern side of the often thick Golden Dryandra shrubs covering the laterite plateau, to reach a small grouping of balgas (grass trees) at 'BALGA'. Continue to '15' and then veer approx. east, descending/ascending a series of breakaways to eventually reach at 'MARRI' (1.6km from '15') the signposted T-intersection of a N-S vehicle track (Marri Road) with an eastward vehicle track (Newell Road). Follow Newell Road ENE for about 2.5 kms veering NE at '17' at the T-intersection with a side track. At '17A' turn right to leave Newell Road to initially follow an old overgrown logging track, but soon veer left off that track to head approx. eastward to reach waypt '2' again on Gura Road after about 1km. Cross Gura Road at this point to continue ESE by following the marked Woylie Walk via waypoints '18' and '19' to pass through a sheoak thicket (Allocasuarina sp.). The Trail then turns southward to re-cross Gura Road and climbs through brown mallet plantations (via '19A', '19B'), then descends southward (via '20' and '21') to cross Tomingley Road at '22'. Continue on the Woylie Trail via '23' to reach the Old Mill Dam location (where there are interesting CALM information displays). Then return to the Village and Start point via waypt '24', either by taking a short route across the paddock west of the village cottages, or by following Tomingley Road east from the Old Mill Dam site.
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 : Australian Geodetic 1966 Zone : 50
Waypt name Easting Northing Comments
START 497163 6372841 Start from Dryandra Village.
1 497040 6373310 On Gura Road.
1A 496817 6373509 On Gura Road.
1B 496128 6373547 On Gura Road.
2 495984 6373746 On Gura Road, turn left onto Woylie Trail.
2A 495401 6372993 Leave Woylie Trail to start off-track.
KNOL 495314 6372280 On small laterite knoll.
3 495210 6372078 Meet Tomingley Road.
OCHRE 494800 6371926 Ochre Trail start and end at Weirah Road.
5 494842 6371896 On Ochre Trail.
6 494880 6371532 On Ochre Trail.
7 494985 6371024 On Ochre Trail.
8 494596 6371151 On Ochre Trail.
FIRETR 494283 6370737 Dryandra Firetower.
10 494239 6370603 On continuation of Weirah Rd, meets side road.
10A 493835 6370631 Off-track.
10B 493155 6370284 Cross minor dirt road (Baaluc Road).
10C 492478 6370029 Off-track.
11 492026 6370186 Cross minor dirt road.
12 491211 6370448 Off-track.
TOM-RD 490700 6371290 Cross Tomingley Road (dirt road).
14 490621 6371634 Off-track, near top of a laterite breakaway.
BALGA 491153 6372443 Small group of grass trees near a breakaway.
15 491221 6372687 Off-track.
MARRI 492852 6372806 Cross Marri Road to follow Newell Road(dirt).
17 494353 6373247 Pass side road to right off Newell Road.
17A 494928 6373945 Leave Newell Road to resume off-track.
2 495984 6373746 Cross Gura Road to follow Woylie Trail section.
18 496259 6373742 On Woylie Trail.
19 496652 6373611 On Woylie Trail.
19A 496597 6373332 On Woylie Trail.
19B 496419 6373395 On Woylie Trail.
20 496115 6373268 On Woylie Trail.
21 496326 6372938 On Woylie Trail.
22 496364 6372515 Woylie Trail crosses Tomingley Road.
23 496710 6372337 Meet track to Old Mill Dam site.
24 497213 6372646 Back on road into Village.
END 497163 6372841 Back at Start point.
Additional waypoints on map :
Lol Gray Trail (12.5 kms, follow CALM trail markers from opposite the Village) :
28A 497315 6373200
28B 497932 6373141
29 498253 6373446
30 498553 6373471
31 499623 6373493
31A 499770 6373484
32 500569 6373273
33 500632 6373370
34 500751 6373379
35 501094 6373972
36 501517 6374522
38 500633 6374602
39 500426 6374331
40 499821 6373687
41 499504 6373421
42 499026 6372655
43 498384 6372646
45 497678 6372620
47 497268 6372709
Wandoo Trail (3.5 kms, follow CALM trail markers from Old Mill Dam site) :
48 496833 6372256
49 497002 6372261
50 497783 6371837
51 497783 6371702
52 497487 6371592
54 497065 6371829
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