Gunapin Ridge Walk (Walk #19a)

 

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5) Route profile

6) Walk description

7) Waypoint listing and grid references

 

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Rocky knoll in NW near Kent Road,  Aug. 2004.

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 Walk description  
Location :

80 kms ESE of Perth.   

Length :

18 field kms (95% off-track).

Degree of difficulty :

MEDIUM   (What does this mean?)

Amount of uphill walking :

330m (cumulative ascent)

GPS-preferred :

YES

Access  :

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Follow Brookton Highway from Albany Highway for 47 kms, then turn left into Yarra Road (first road on left after Christmas Tree well on left).  After 12.4 kms up Yarra Road (gravel road; usually in good condition but watch for pot-holes) turn right (east) to follow Qualen Road (dirt road; usually fair condition but again watch for pot-holes and occasionally rutted surface). Bear left at the fork after about 1 km and reach the intersection with Darkin Road (dirt road) after 6 kms  (with the NW corner of a strip of private farmland on the right, owned by Gunapin Ridge Pastoral Company).  Continue a further 7 kms along Qualen Road to reach the intersection with Gunapin Ridge Road. Cross the intersection and park near the corner, a short distance along the eastward continuation of Qualen road (which here becomes a more minor dirt road).  

Escape route/s :

In south, use Qualen Road, Gunapin Ridge and/or Kennel Roads; In north, get to nearest N-S road (Kent, Dog or Gunapin Ridge Road), then south to Qualen Road.

Main features

/Highlights:

This walk lies entirely within the 44,000 ha Wandoo National Park.  The Gunapin Ridge area offers mainly easy walking through picturesque, open wandoo woodlands, similar to the Upper Darkin and Qualen Road Walks, about 15 kms to the west and SW.

The terrain along this walk route is again mainly very gentle, with only a few modest climbs to hill-tops. There are some good views both west (toward Mount Dale) and east (toward York) from a large eastern outcrop, and also SE-ward from a smaller southern outcrop, toward an isolated strip of private farmland (Gunapin Ridge Pastoral Co.) which penetrates westward from the nearby wheatbelt into the Wandoo National Park. -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".

Be prepared for some possible very short scratchy sections of dryandra scrub (mainly Pingle).

Although this area is more remote, the drive from the Brookton Highway turn-off along 25 kms of gravel and rougher dirt roads through forest to reach the start point of the walk is very worthwhile in itself, and not too challenging provided you drive cautiously to avoid occasional pot-holes and kangaroos crossing. 

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:  Coolaring & Beverley 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2233-4 & 2233-1;

or Coolaring 1:50,000 Sheet (WA Dept. of Lands & Surveys, 1980).

Other background references :

"Wandoo National Park - Park Guide" by DEC (undated pdf; 248KB).

Route notes :

 

From the ‘Start’ point (near the corner of Qualen and Gunapin Ridge Roads), head east along Qualen Road for less than 100m (to ‘1’) then turn right to head south and off-track across initially open ground and patches of heath. Cross a gentle ridge through open woodland and after almost 1 km veer SW to cross the valley floor.  Cross Gunapin Ridge Road (at ‘RD-1’) and head WSW up a hillside, initially picking  your way through a belt of heathland before entering wandoo woodland. At ‘4’ the hillside steepens onto a small granite slab. Turn left to follow the outcrop southward for a short distance (to ‘VU-RK’)gaining a view to the SE, then continue uphill through a sheoak thicket to another small outcrop (at about ‘5’). Then veer southward approximately along-slope close to the edge of the laterite-capped hilltop, picking a way through heathland in places. After about 400m, descend the hillside to reach Kennel Road (dirt road).  Turn right (NW) to follow the road for almost 1 km, initially uphill and across a broad saddle . After the road starts downhill and when the heathland to the left gives way to woodland, (at about ‘7’), veer WSW along slope through the woodland (via ‘8’) to ‘9’. Then head westward and  downslope, soon following the NE side of a deep stream gully.  Cross the gully to reach an area of large granite boulders (at ‘ROX’). Then descend NW to soon cross Qualen Road (at ‘RD-3’) and cross the narrow valley floor.  Continue NW to climb a short, steep hillside and reach the local hill-top (at ‘HILL’). Then veer westward, gently downhill through sheoak thickets and across rocky ground to soon reach a granite slab (art ‘SLAB’) with views westward to distant Mt Dale (28 kms WSW).  Explore a bit further around this rocky area by heading NE along slope to ‘14’. Then head NW, initially gently downhill, crossing the sandy floor of a gentle side valley after about 500m. - 'York Road Poison' (Gastrolobium calycinum) shrubs display  their  abundant yellow-orange pea-flowers in this area in springtime. -   Then cross a gentle spur ridge, bypassing thickets of parrot bush upslope. Continue NW-NNW along the slope (via‘15’) soon entering a narrow belt of pleasant wandoo woodlands. After about 1 km you enter very open jarrah forest and cross the floor of another broad side valley. Then climb gently to reach a ridge (at ‘16’). Head north along the ridge to reach a rocky knoll in wandoo woodland. Then continue northward along the ridge (via '18') and climb quite steeply for a short distance through a sheoak thicket to reach a small  laterite-capped knoll (at '19'). -This is at approximately the halfway point on the walk. -  Cross this flat heath-covered hilltop NE-ward (to '20') and descend northward down the escarpment to a small granite slab (at 'SLAB2'). Veer NNE from the slab, skirt a patch of shrubland to cross a small gully and continue downhill to cross a larger gully (at '22'). Veer eastward to climb the opposite slope and up a steeper rocky outcrop. Above the outcrop, the slope flattens.  Head SSE along slope, partly through sheoak thickets (at '23').  After '24' veer southward (to'25'), picking a way along  animal tracks through a thick patch of heath, and then head SE-ward (to '26') to  descend to the valley floor again.  Follow the stream course eastward through the pleasant, very open wandoo woodland of the valley floor. Cross Dog Road (at 'DOGRD2') and continue approximately along the stream course. Veer ESE at '28' to climb uphill and then along  slope below a laterite-capped ridge.  At '29', veer left (ENE) to climb onto the flat ridge top (at 'LAT') which gives a limited view to the SW. Then head NE to soon descend from the small hilltop and cross a shrub-covered valley. At 'GULLY' veer ENE and soon climb increasingly steeply uphill via '32' through woodland. (At this point the slope drops off to a deep stream gully about 100m to the north, possibly still hidden from sight. Another gully lies about 200m to the south.) Skirt the northern edge of the laterite-capped hilltop and at '33' head due north to cross the northern gully and climb steeply up a hillisde to a higher hilltop. (at '34'). Then veer NE. Within 50m meet a minor vehicle track (at 'TRK'). Continue NE on the track and soon reach a granite slab on the ridge (at 'VU-NE'), with a view across forest in the direction of the town of York and Mt Bakewell (30 kms NE). Then head initially southward (via '37 and '38' picking an easy way  through patches of shrubland that cover parts of this outcrop area. Then veer SSE to follow the exposed areas of granite slab as much as possible, with only short sections of shrubland. (The granite slab which slopes to the SW is about 750m long from the northern view point to a gully in the south. There are some good views westward from the outcrop to Mt Dale and SW to the monadnocks area.)  At '39' veer more southward and mainly downslope (via '40' and '41', to 'BLDRS'). The outcrop ends near a group of large boulders (at 'BLDRS') in a gully. Then climb the opposite slope of the gully (to '43') and head approx. SSW, mainly skirting patches of parrot bush on the ridge. Continue southward (via '44') initially through wandoo woodland. Then pick an easy way through a short patch of heathland on the west flank of the ridge and reach a small granite outcrop (at 'SML-RK').  Head due south and soon (near '46') enter an area of sheoaks around a gentle gully.  Head SSW to initially follow the gully downslope for about 200m.  Then veer southwards (via '47' and '48') down the hillside, avoiding denser shrubland to the east. Then head approx. SE (via '49') to reach Qualen Road near the corner with Gunapin Ridge Road ('GUNPRD') and close 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       460298  6449264  On Qualen Rd, near corner with Gunapin Ridge Rd.

1           460379  6449255  On Qualen Rd.

2           460267  6448358  In open woodland.

RD-1        459671  6447816  On Gunapin Ridge Rd.

4           459329  6447681  On granite slab.

VU-RK       459335  6447561  On granite slab, with view to SE.

5           459240  6447522  On small granite outcrop near hilltop.

RD-2        458962  6447018  On Kennel Rd.

7           458464  6447818  On Kennel Rd.

8           458197  6447747  In wandoo woodland.

9           458077  6447645  In wandoo woodland.

ROX         457839  6447661  Large granite boulders.

RD-3        457682  6447745  Qualen Rd.

HILL        457485  6447910  On small hilltop.

SLAB        457244  6447903  On granite slab, views to west.

14          457338  6448018  On granite slab.

15          456547  6449128  In open wandoo woodland.

16          455857  6450537  In open jarrah forest.

ROX-2       455863  6450823  Granite boulders on rocky knoll.

18          455971  6450906  Near low ridge.

19          455982  6451287  On southern edge of small laterite-capped hill-top.

20          456122  6451441  On northern edge of small laterite-capped hill-top. 

SLAB2       456123  6451543  On granite slab.

22          456362  6451931  Stream gully.

23          456654  6451900  In sheoak thicket above steeply WSW-sloping hillside.

24          456884  6451469  In woodland on WSW-sloping hillside.

25          456834  6451303 

26          457127  6450999  On valley floor, near stream course.

DOGRD2      457948  6450779  Dog Rd.

28          458260  6450526  On valley floor, near stream course.

29          458768  6450432  On south slope of laterite-capped hilltop.

LAT         458898  6450482  On laterite-capped hilltop, in wandoo woodland.

GULLY       459409  6450886  Near deeply incised stream gully.

32          459682  6450976  On west-sloping ridge in wandoo woodland.

33          459822  6451084  On north edge of small laterite-capped hilltop.

34          459833  6451466  Near hilltop, in woodland.

TRK         459877  6451491  On old vehicle track.

VU-NE       459982  6451589  On granite outcrop, view to NE.

37          460024  6451492  On partly shrub-covered outcrop.

38          460011  6451441  On partly shrub-covered outcrop.

39          460133  6451098  On partly shrub-covered outcrop.

40          460089  6450996  On partly shrub-covered outcrop.

41          460114  6450894  On partly shrub-covered outcrop.

BLDRS       460080  6450836  Large granite boulders in gully.

43          460051  6450754  On edge of laterite capped hilltop.

44          459963  6450601  In wandoo woodland.

SML-RK      459900  6450296  On very small granite outcrop.

46          459888  6449991  In gentle gully.

47          459736  6449755

48          459705  6449596  On south-sloping hillside.

49          459903  6449279  In open forest, near valley floor.

GUNPRD      460221  6449242  Near corner of Qualen and Gunapin Ridge Roads.

END         460298  6449264  Back at Start point.

Additional Waypoints on map : 

DRKNRD      453566  6446905  Intersection of Darkin and Qualen Roads (not on map area).

KENTRD      455676  6446994  Kent Rd meets Qualen Rd.

DOG-RD      458317  6448116  Dog Rd meets Qualen Rd.

KEN-RD      458114  6447995  Kennel Rd meets Qualen Rd.

GATE        459655  6446951  Farm gate at end of Gunapin Ridge Rd.

GULY-2      457542  6450180  Deeply incised gully in woodland west of Dog Rd.

 

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