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on Bibbulmun Track, Feb. 2005.
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140 road kms south of Perth.
23 field kms (5% off-track)
(or approx. 21 kms if short southern return section to visit Murray Campsite is bypassed).
|Degree of difficulty :||
MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||
620m (cumulative ascent)
PREFERABLE (to help locate a few turning points and river crossing points).
See Google Map for start point on road map.
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Kwinana Freeway south, then Mundijong Road east to South Western Highway. Follow Highway to North Dandalup, then take Dwellingup turnoff. At Dwellingup township, turn left onto Pinjarra-Williams Road, and after 1 km turn right into Nanga Road, then after further 6.5 km (on bitumen) turn left at Entry Station (no entry fee) into Park Road. Pass Baden Powell Campground after 2 km (stop here to check the river level and flow over the waterspout, which will be a guide as to whether the river should be safely crossable upriver on the walk route). Follow Park Road (mainly dirt road), then River Road to cross Murray River at Bobs Crossing. Then follow Murray Valley Road (dirt road), cross bridge over Nanga Brook (note falls and trout ladder on left) and turn right to reach Nanga Mill camping & picnic area (in pine plantation), 10.9 km from the Entry Station (or total of 18.4 km from Dwellingup). Park near the Start point on the south side of the picnic area (Public toilets nearby).
Alternative access: Remain on Nanga Road after passing the Entry Station. Then after 5 km (before reaching the old Nanga townsite picnic area, 13.5 kms from Dwellingup) turn left onto the dirt road into the Nanga Mill picnic area. This cuts 5 kms off the drive from Dwellingup, but bypasses the excellent Murray River scenery. Also, the entry gate to the picnic area road off Nanga Road is usually locked during week days, in which case, you will need to park and walk the extra 0.5 km to the Start point. Check with DEC's Dwellingup office on ph. 08 95381078.
Note: This walk area was temporarily affected by the fires of late January 2006 which swept through the Murray Valley. Access to this area was restored by mid-February 2006. However, by 2007 access was still restricted from some severely burnt areas of the Reserve, such as along parts of DEC's Murray Valley Walk Circuit in the NW, including the Scarp Lookout off Scarp Road.
Escape route/s :
West of Murray River: Via various tracks (e.g. Coffs Formation road) west to Nanga Road, or east to North Junction Formation road which runs along west bank of Murray River.
East of Murray River : North or south via Fireline Road (closely parallels Bibbulmun Track in south), or SE on Allan Road (which branches off Fireline Road) to meet Murray Road after 8 kms.
This walk is in the northern area of the Lane Poole Reserve which covers an area of jarrah, marri and blackbutt (yarri) forest around the Murray River valley. The Murray River is the largest of the rivers cutting into the Darling Plateau which remain undammed. The River runs approximately NNW-ward through the northern area of the nearly 55,000 ha Reserve. There are a number of large and quite deep permanent pools along the River and frequent rapids and small waterfalls. In winter the river can become a raging torrent (see Caution below).
Much of the area was heavily logged from 1902 onward when the Nanga Mill was established. Timber was transported to the mill via several railway 'formations' on both sides of the river. These are now used in part as walk trails (including sections of this walk route) and as dirt roads. Logging continued at declining levels until the mill burnt down in 1941. The Reserve was finally declared in 1984.
Over half of the walk (60%) follows portions of two established trails: half of the 18 km King Jarrah Trail and a short 6 km of the much longer Bibbulmun Track. The remaining 40% of the walk is mainly on existing dirt roads, with only a few very short off-track sections near river crossings, or to take in a view.
Two-day option: The walk can be done as either a reasonably challenging one day walk (especially if you start early by camping the night before at the Nanga Mill campsite), or at a more leisurely pace over two days with an overnight stay at the Murray Campsite (on the Bibbulmun Track) which is close to the halfway point on the walk and in a very picturesque setting on the bank of the Murray River, next to one of the large pools.
You will not actually see much more of the Murray River itself on this walk route as it is generally screened from sight by thick vegetation. However, make the most of the many excellent river views during the drive in to the Start point, and include at least a brief stop at the Baden Powell Campground to see the waterspout and picturesque pool.
Caution: The River changes character dramatically in winter-mid spring when it may be transformed into a raging torrent along much of its length, becoming very dangerous and uncrossable at crossing points which are often dry in summer-early autumn. (During winter and spring the River is popular with canoeists and rafters.)
In late spring, summer, and very early autumn, provided there has not been recent heavy rainfall, the River can usually be crossed safely and dryly at the two crossing points on this walk, one about 1 km downriver from Murray Campsite and the other near a small camping site off Fireline Road, about 1 km south of the road junction with Yarragil Road. Do not attempt to cross at these places if the river is still flowing fast, even if it appears narrow or quite shallow. If the first, southern crossing point appears unsafe, you should stay on the western side of the River and rejoin the King Jarrah Trail (shown in green on the map) which then approximately follows the western river bank northward back to Nanga Mill camping & picnic area. (The total walk distance will then be 18.5 km.)
Current river levels and conditions: These can also be checked before you start out, from the Dept of Environment's automatic daily updates (for Station 614006 for Murray River, Baden Powell Waterspout; also see paddleability guide).
Controlled burns: 'Mosaic' burns are currently scheduled for Autumn 2010 and will affect much of the walk area. See DEC's 6-season indicative burn programme.
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: Nanga 1:50,000 Sheet 2133-3 (CALM/DOLA, 1999) or Nanga 1:50,000 Sheet (Dept. of Lands & Survey, 1980).
|Other background references :||
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation's Day Walk Map Packs for locations along the Bibbulmun Track include a pack for the Dwellingup/Lane Poole Reserve area, with suggested walks on the Bibb. Track. The Foundation's 'trip planner' pages also include some additional information on the area, including additional Bibb. Track day and overnight walk possibilities.
"Guide to Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup" leaflet by CALM (undated). This includes a good 'overview' of the Reserve including a brief summary of trails, and notes on the history, fauna, etc. - Trails described very briefly in the leaflet include the King Jarrah Trail (18km) and the Murray Valley Circuit (46km over 3 days). - The Murray Valley Circuit lies in the NW area of the Reserve and overlaps with the walk described on this page only at the Nanga Mill camping & picnic area. The Murray Valley Circuit also visits Scarp Pool and Scarp Lookout in the NW, both of which were badly affected by the January 2006 bushfires.
"Lane Poole Reserve Management Plan 1990-2000", Dec. 1990, by Dept. of Conservation and Land Management (CALM). - See pdf version (1.25Mb file) which also includes all map figures. This has summaries of the flora & fauna, geology, history, etc.
"Lane Poole Reserve and Proposed Reserve Additions Management Plan", Oct. 2011, by Dept. of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and Conservation Commission of Western Australia. - See pdf version (9.3Mb file). This proposes an increase in the area of the Reserve size by 47% to 758 sq km. See also WalkGPS GoogleEarth view of the Reserve and proposed additions, plus Bibbulmun Track and campsites and existing and future impact of ALCOA bauxite mining.
"Travellers guide to the Parks & Reserves of Western Australia" by Simon Nevill, 2001, p.62-63 (Simon Nevill Publications), also includes a very brief summary of the Park.
Hotham Valley Tourist Railway (HVTR) - Today the dedicated HVTR volunteers provide visitors with a great sense of the early saw milling and railway history of the Dwelllingup area with short journeys into the jarrah forest in historic steam and diesel locomotives along 8 km of restored light railway.
Trivia: What does the "Form" or "Formation" in Coffs Form. or South Junction Formation mean? - A 'formation' (or 'form.') comprises the top of embankments and base of cuttings on which a railway or tramway track was laid to take timber to a local mill. The railways themselves have largely disappeared leaving the 'forms' as reminders of the earlier logging days. They are common in the southwest forests and have often been later converted for 4WD/forestry vehicle use (and partly for easy, levelled walking tracks!).
Route notes :
Start at the King Jarrah Walk Trail sign at Nanga Mill camping & picnic area. Head uphill initially through pine trees at the edge of the Nanga Mill plantation, then more steeply through young regenerating jarrah forest and balgas. After waypoint '1' the trail heads SE and soon flattens onto a ridge. After '2' veer southward and head almost due south over the next 4.5 kms, crossing stream gullies at Christmas Creek and Dawn Creek, and dirt roads at 'JCN-1', 'JCN-2', 'JCN-3' and 'JCN-4'. After Dawn Creek the trail rises steeply to a ridge, then at '3' veers SE and descends initially gently to the site of a King Jarrah tree (at 'KJARA') which survived the logging days. It then descends steeply to cross Big Brook and meets King Jarrah Formation road at '4'. Turn left to follow the road initially NE, then eastward after the (Dawn) Creek Road turnoff (at '5'). At the fork in the road at 'TRN' follow the right fork (South Junction Formation road) uphill. Pass a footrack on the left (at 'FTRK'; This is a useful shortcut to connect back on to the King Jarrah Trail if the Murray River is flowing too fast for a safe crossing.) At '7', leave South Junction Form. road to head SE steeply downslope and off-track to reach the Murray River bed at a crossing point at 'CSG-1', where there is usually only a minimal flow in late summer-early autumn. (If the River is flowing strongly do not attempt a river crossing but instead return to waypoint 'FTRK' and connect back onto King Jarrah Trail/North Junction Form. road at 'ENDTRK' and follow that northward, close to the western bank of the River.)
After crossing the River bed, follow a dirt road from the eastern bank and turn right onto the Bibbulmun Track where it crosses at 'BIB-1' . Follow the Bibbulmun Track southward (via '8') to reach the Murray Campsite (at 'HUT'). This is close to the halfway point on the walk and a great spot for lunch or an overnight stop. Then return northward along the Bibbulmun Track which heads eastward away from the Murray River at 'BIB-2'. Continue on the Bibbulmun Trak (via '10', '11' & '12') and reach Fireline Road at 'BIB-3'. Leave the Track at this point and turn left to follow the Road downhill for less than 200m to '13'. Then head off-track for a 1km diversion (via '13A, '13B', 13D') approximately parallelling Fireline Road. This provides a view across the Murray Valley (from about '13A'). Rejoin Fireline Road at '13D'. (Alternatively, you may opt to shorten the walk marginally by staying on Fireline Road after '13' and ignore the off-track section.) Follow Fireline Road downhill (via '14' & '15'). At '16' turn left onto a short side road which leads to a campsite on the east bank of the Murray River. Find a crossing point at 'CSG-2' via the rocky ledge at the upstream end of the permanent pool. (Again, there is usually only a minimal flow here in late summer-early autumn.) Then head NW off-track, finding a way through quite thick understorey and up a steepening slope to reach North Junction Form. road at '17'. Then turn right to follow the Road (via '18', 'JCN-5', '19', '20') past Stringers camping area turnoff (at 'STRGRS'), and turn left at '21' onto the Nanga Mill road which leads 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 415540 6370025 King Jarrah Walk Trail sign at Nanga Mill.
1 415445 6369625 On King Jarrah Trail,near top of steep slope.
2 416061 6368992 Near crest of ridge.
JCN-1 416114 6368159 Cross dirt road.
JCN-2 416292 6367018 Cross Coffs Formation road (after Christmas Creek).
JCN-3 416185 6366170 Cross dirt road.
JCN-4 416350 6365186 Cross dirt road (just after Dawn Creek).
3 416298 6364632 On ridge.
KJARA 416742 6364277 At 'King Jarrah' tree.
4 417047 6364095 King Jarrah Formation Road (after Big Brook).
5 417320 6364269 Junction of King Jarrah Form. rd. & Dawn Creek rd.
TRN 417728 6364182 Junction, King Jarrah Fm. rd. & South Jcn. Fm. rd.
6 417971 6363974 On South Junction Form. road.
FTRK 418506 6364015 Pass footrack short-cut to North Junction Fm. rd.
7 418577 6363882 On South Junction Form. road.
CSG-1 418691 6363804 Dry crossing of Murray River(only if river low).
BIB-1 418777 6363736 Bibbulmun Track crosses dirt road.
8 419261 6363352 On Bibbulmun Track.
HUT 419263 6362869 Murray River Campsite (hut) on Bibbulmun Track.
8 419261 6363352 On Bibbulmun Track.
BIB-1 418777 6363736 Bibbulmun Track crosses dirt road.
BIB-2 418937 6363942 Bibbulmun Track branches off Fireline Road.
9 419895 6363909 On Bibbulmun Track.
10 420184 6364534 On Bibbulmun Track.
11 419958 6365073 On Bibbulmun Track.
12 420043 6365601 On Bibbulmun Track.
BIB-3 419851 6365931 Bibbulmun Track meets Fireline Road.
13 419736 6365816 On Fireline Road.
13A 419520 6365821 Off-track, with view across valley through forest.
13B 419303 6366011 Off-track, in saddle on ridge.
13C 419117 6366073 Near crest of ridge.
13D 419167 6366347 On Fireline Road.
14 419178 6366620 On Fireline Road.
15 418943 6367478 On Fireline Road.
16 418077 6368445 On Fireline Road, at turnoff to small campsite.
CSG-2 417909 6368465 Dry crossing of Murray River(only if river low).
17 417834 6368558 On North Junction Form. road.
18 417776 6368640 On North Junction Form. road.
JCN-5 417343 6368506 North Junction Form. road passes side road.
19 417205 6369285 On North Junction Form. road.
20 416547 6369587 On North Junction Form. road.
STRGRS 416239 6370030 Nth. Junction Fm. rd. passes Stringers campsite rd.
21 416168 6370125 Turnoff to Nanga Mill camping & picnic area.
END 415540 6370025 Back at Nanga Mill Start point.
Additional waypoints on map :
NANGA 414901 6369789 Old Nanga townsite, parking & picnic area.
FALLS 416053 6370265 Nanga Brook Falls & trout ladder (nr. Valley Rd.)
MILLPK 415545 6370146 Park car nr picnic table, 100m north of Start.
29 419154 6363186 Approx. posn. of old road near River bank in south.
30 418978 6363014 Approx. junction, old rd. and Sth Junctn. Form.rd.
31 418633 6363310 On South Junction Form. road.
32 418315 6363143 On South Junction Form. road.
35 414561 6365467 Junction of Leppers Gully Rd & Nanga Road.
36 414675 6366498 Junction of (Dawn) Creek Rd & Nanga Road.
37 414636 6366701 Junction of Coffs Form. Rd & Nanga Road.
38 416600 6363260 Junction, Lepers Gully Road & King Jarrah Form.rd.
42 419870 6365957 Bibbulmun Track meets Fireline Road.
43 420110 6366187 On Bibbulmun Track.
44 420124 6366989 On Bibbulmun Track.
45 419631 6368410 On Bibbulmun Track.
46 420204 6368439 On Bibbulmun Track.
47 419449 6369083 On Bibbulmun Track.
48 419956 6369391 On Bibbulmun Track.
BIB-4 420034 6369684 Bibbulmun Track crosses Yarragil Road.
FIRELN 418112 6369710 Junction of Fireline Road and Yarragil Road.
YARAGL 417545 6369879 Yarragil camping site, approx. location.
ENDTRK 418567 6364179 Footrack short-cut off North Junction Fm.rd.
JCN-7 417932 6366295 Side road meets Coffs Form. road.
JCN-8 418663 6364638 Coffs Form. road meets North Junction Form. road.
JCN-8A 418867 6365609 Side road from River meets Fireline Road at bend.
JCN-9 418456 6366393 Side road meets North Junction Form. road.
JCN-10 416928 6366524 Side road meets Coffs Form. road.
SHTCUT 417064 6366487 Off-track short-cut to JCN-10 from Coffs Form.rd.
CSGWET 418657 6365779 Wet(swimming)crossing point at sunken log bridge.
SGRPK 416451 6369879 Car park area at Stringers camping site.
CSG-3 416648 6369784 Dry (in summer)crossing of River near Stringers.
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