Flynn Hills Walk (Walk #18a)
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View through wandoo woodland to
escarpment in east, Nov. 2004.
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70 kms ESE of Perth.
13.5 field kms (96% off-track)
|Degree of difficulty :||
EASY - MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||
310m (cumulative ascent)
PREFERABLE (to help locate subtle turning points and features).
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Follow Brookton Hwy from Albany Hwy for 47 kms to Yarra Road on left (first road on left after Christmas Tree well on left). After 18 kms north up Yarra Road (good condition gravel road) turn right into Darkin Road (fair condition dirt road), which forks after 2.2 kms. Follow the left fork (Warrigal Road; fair condition dirt road), passing a vehicle track on the left after 1 km (the Wandoo National Park boundary road). Continue along Warrigal Road for a further 500m to another side road, Roberts Road, on the left. Park near the corner of Roberts Road.
Important access issue: Walkers need to be aware that this walk area and many others on WalkGPS lie within drinking water catchment areas. In 2007 DoW in effect recommended a prohibition of all traditional off-track bushwalking activities across the entire Perth region catchment areas covering 4500 sq km, far beyond the limits of existing or proposed Reservoir Protection Zones (see map). By March 2008, the DoW had been persuaded to reconsider its published position. The new Policy of 2012 refrains from banning traditional bushwalking in the outer catchments. The community, including visitors to WalkGPS, need to remain vigilant to ensure that commonsense continues to prevail over regulatory zealotry. See also Home page: 'Access' and Related access issues on WalkGPS, and DOW's "Mundaring Weir Catchment Area Drinking Water Source Protection Plan" of 2007.
|Escape route/s :||
South (generally less than 2 kms) to Darkin or Warrigal Roads: Via Yarra Road in west; via Park boundary road in central area; or via Roberts Road in eastern area.
This walk area is located immediately north of the upper Darkin River and 20 kms NE of Mount Dale. The eastern two-thirds of the walk lies within the 44,000 ha Wandoo National Park; the western portion lies within State Forest (Flynn Block). Like the nearby Upper Darkin Walk, which is immediately to the SW, this area offers some easy walking, mainly through picturesque, open wandoo woodlands and some mixed jarrah-marri-wandoo forest.
The terrain along the walk route is varied, but mainly gentle, with modest climbs to ridges on two small hills (informally named the "Flynn Hills" on WalkGPS). These provide some pleasant views across the surrounding forest. -But the main attraction is again the beauty of the woodlands combined with the prolific wildflowers in spring. Meney & Brown, 1985 have previously noted, "the character and form of the widely spaced virgin wandoo creates a most unique bush atmosphere which is a delight to any bushwalker".
The Forest Products Commission harvested some wandoo timber from the State Forest area in the western Flynn Block (Compartment #08) in about late 2004. This has had little visual impact along the walk route though you may see foresters' white paint markings on tree trunks. (Trees with any form of marking are not for harvesting).
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 & Beraking 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2133-4 & 2133-1;
or Kelmscott 1:50,000 Sheet (WA Forests Dept., 1984).
|Other background references :||
"Wandoo National Park - Park Guide" by DEC (undated pdf; 248KB).
Route notes :
Head westward from the Start point, initially through mixed forest, then open shrublands of the valley floor (with spring displays of yellow Verticordia and Common Popflower), until you meet the Wandoo National Park boundary 'road' (at 'R-RD') after about 750m. Follow this rough vehicle track for about 200m as it bends westward toward a stream course. Leave the track at '2' to cross the stream course and soon climb gently uphill into mixed forest. When you reach an area of large scattered granite boulders (at 'ROX') veer approx. WNW along the very gently sloping and undulating NE-flank of a broad, low ridge. After about 500m cross a small side-valley. Continue for almost a further 500m to reach a striped granite tor (at 'RKX'), and other scattered large granite 'boulders' nearby. Continue WNW. Cross a small gully, then climb more steeply around the southern slope of a small ridge to reach the top of a laterite escarpment in wandoo woodland. Descend to the gully below the escarpment (at '5'), veer approx. SW (to '6') to avoid a densely heath-covered area upslope on the west side of the gully, then turn NW and climb quite steeply through very pleasant open wandoo woodland to reach the laterite-capped hill-top (at '7'). Head north along this western hill-top for about 250m, still in open woodland. Then descend to a sloping granite slab on the NE flank (at 'RK') which provides good views eastward to the eastern ridge to be traversed later on the walk. Descend eastward from the outcrop and head back down the hillside through thickets of sheoak before reaching open woodlands again. On reaching the northern slope of the small ridge (at '8') veer WNW. After about 500m the slope flattens and you again approach the broad, sandy valley floor crossed at the start of the walk. (You are now in very open jarrah forest which is currently in poor condition - possibly due to recent drought conditions and frosts; hopefully not due to Phytophthora die-back disease). After a further 500m, re-cross the stream course (at '9'). Continue WNW, initially climbing gently for about 500m, then more steeply to soon reach a steeply sloping outcrop (at 'VURK'), which provides a view toward the western ridge previously traversed. Veer NNE from the outcrop, partly through thickets of sheoak. On reaching another small granite outcrop (at 'RK2'), veer east to climb upslope through sheoak thickets and across small outcrops, then back into open wandoo woodland near the crest of a spur ridge. (This is the halfway point on the walk.) Turn left at '12' - just before reaching the laterite ledge and dryandra (Parrot Bush) on the hill-top - and head due north along slope for about 250m through woodland. Then turn very sharply to the right to head approx. SE across the very gentle ridge to soon reach Roberts Road (at 'RDX'). Continue SE on Roberts Road for about 100-150m (to '15'). Then turn left to head eastward off-track across a gently south-sloping hillside. After 400m, on approaching an incised stream gully (at '16'), turn left to head northward, quite steeply uphill, initially weaving your way through a small patch of Parrot Bush), with the stream gully to your right. The slope soon flattens toward the ridge top. Veer right at '17' and head WNW along slope through patch of heathland, then open woodland. At '18' veer sharp left (north) to stay on the laterite-capped hill-top. Soon reach the top of an east-sloping laterite escarpment. At '19', descend the escarpment eastward, walking downslope through a narrow band of woodland into a sheoak thicket on the steeper eastern slope. Turn right at '20' and pick your way easily along slope through the sheoaks. Emerge briefly from the thicket near some small boulders (at 'BLDRS'). Cross a gentle heath-covered valley or saddle before re-entering a sheoak thicket. Climb gently to a small flat outcrop (at 'RK3'), then veer SSE along slope, soon emerging back into open woodland (at '21') and gaining pleasant views eastward over the forest and upslope to the laterite escarpment. Head southward along slope below the escarpment. At '22' veer SSE to stay downslope (eastward) of the ridge top. At '23' veer south again, to continue downslope on a spur ridge. At '24' veer SW and soon reach the upper edge of a westward-sloping laterite escarpment (at '25'), with good westward views through the trees (including to Mount Dale, 20 kms WSW) Head westward, to descend the escarpment and cross the heath-flanked gully below. Then climb briefly to reach a very rocky southern-sloping hillside (at '26'), with another good view to the SW. Pick a route along slope WNW between the outcrops. Veer WSW at '27' to cross a small valley which opens to the south. Climb through open wandoo woodland to reach a knoll (at '28') on a minor spur ridge. Descend southward from this local hill-top for about 300m to reach the valley floor. After a further 300m (at '29') veer SW-ward to follow the stream course for about 500m to reach Warrigal Road (at '30'). Then follow the road a short distance SW 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 : Australian Geodetic 1966 Zone : 50
Waypt name Easting Northing Comments
START 450111 6450559 Park car. Corner of Warrigal and Roberts Roads.
R-RD 449351 6450692 On vehicle track (on Park boundary).
2 449146 6450744 On vehicle track (on Park boundary) near stream course.
ROX 448529 6450625 Large scattered granite 'boulders'
RKX 447644 6451164 Granite tor, with distinctive algal striping.
5 447277 6451291 In forested gully between ridges.
6 447155 6451226 On east-sloping hillside.
7 446934 6451412 On western hill-top, in open wandoo woodland.
RK 446916 6451688 On NE-sloping granite slab, with views to eastern ridge.
8 447456 6451594 On gentle north slope of small ridge.
9 448432 6451865 Stream course, just east of Park boundary road.
VURK 449004 6452076 On SW-sloping granite slab, with views across the forest.
RK2 449111 6452429 On small granite outcrop. Nearby sheoak thickets.
12 449339 6452466 Near crest of spur ridge.
13 449334 6452708 Near crest of spur ridge, on gentle NW flank.
RDX 449584 6452547 On Roberts Road.
15 449689 6452447 On Roberts Road.
16 450107 6452510 Just west of N-S stream gully, on south-sloping hillside.
17 450131 6452833 On gentle SE-sloping surface of laterite capped hill-top.
18 450638 6453032 On gentle SE/ESE-sloping surface of laterite capped hill-top.
19 450543 6453430 At top of east-sloping laterite escarpment.
20 450764 6453414 On E-sloping hillside(small granite outcrop & sheoak thicket).
BLDS 450757 6452989 Near small granite boulders, wandoo woodland upslope to west.
RK3 450848 6452652 Small granite outcrop surrounded by sheoak thicket.
21 450986 6452444 In wandoo woodland, with laterite escarpment upslope to west.
22 450942 6452241 In wandoo woodland, with laterite escarpment upslope to west.
23 451155 6452005 On gently east-sloping hill-side.
24 451208 6451704 On gently southward-sloping spur ridge.
25 451098 6451570 At top of WNW-sloping laterite escarpment, with view to west.
26 450830 6451641 On rocky hillside, sloping to SSW.
27 450711 6451701 On rocky hillside, sloping to SSW.
28 450506 6451645 On local hill-top on minor spur ridge, in open woodland.
29 450488 6450983 Stream course, on broad valley floor.
30 450241 6450596 On Warrigal Road.
END 450111 6450559 Back at Start point.
Additional waypoints on map :
DKN-RD 446570 6450243 At intersection of Yarra and Darkin Roads.
RD-RVR 449660 6450285 Park boundary road meets Warrigal Road.
RK-B 448452 6450316 Small granite outcrops, 300m southward of route waypt 'ROX'.
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