Manns Gully-Chinamans Gully Walk -revised (Walk #7)  

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5) Route profile

6) Walk description

7) Waypoint listing and grid references


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Wandoo trees above Chinamans Gully.

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             Route profile



 Walk description  
Location :

35kms E of Perth along Great Eastern Hwy to Sawyers Valley township.

Length :

17kms (60% off-track)

Degree of difficulty :

MEDIUM   (What does this mean?)

Amount of uphill walking :

400m (cumulative ascent)

GPS-preferred :


Access  :

See Google Map for start point on road map.

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To reach car parking spot at Start point, drive approx 1.7km down Cole Road (gravel) which veers off Great Eastern Highway to the right just before the Highway curves left uphill out of Sawyers Valley township. Then turn right at hand-painted ‘Ashby’ sign to stay on Cole Road  (don't continue straight ahead onto Poison Lease Road). Drive approx. 750m down the narrow dirt road to parking bay (the Start Point) on the left near private homestead and 150m before a DEC barrier gate blocks the road.  Space for about 3 cars.

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 :

Various dirt roads (see map) suitable for escape to north, west or south. Allen Road (in south) connects to Mundaring Weir Road to west.

Main features


This walk takes in varied terrain, including a few step-across creek crossings and medium to steepish slopes into and out of Chinamans Gully. It is mainly through fairly open forest with only occasional scratchy bits. The scenery includes one or two very small waterfalls (if good winter rainfall!), picturesque stands of wandoo, a few granite outcrops, and some good views across Chinamans Gully and toward Lake C.Y. O'Connor (Helena Reservoir). 

The Chinamans Gully area (and about 25% of this walk route) lies within the northern limit of the new 8000ha Helena National Park.

For overnighters: For those keen to camp overnight in the area: The Helena Campsite (which includes a 3-sided shelter; at waypoint 'BIBHUT') on the Bibbulmun Track lies only about 1 km south of the granite slab ('ROK2') at the western end of Chinamans Gully (see map).

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:  Mundaring 1:50,000 Sheet (Dept. of CALM, 1990);

or Mundaring & Chidlow 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2134-3 & 2134-2.

Other background references :

"Helena National Park - Park Guide" by DEC (undated pdf; 380KB).

Route notes :


From Start point follow dirt road (Cole Rd) initially southward to waypoint '1', then follow left road branch across stream and uphill to meet Firewood Road at '2'. Then head SE off-track (partly on traces of old forestry track) through marri-jarrah forest (via '3') and reach old N-S forestry track (at '4') after less than 1 km.  Turn right to follow the track S-ward for about 600m to reach North Rushy Rd (at '5'). Follow the road SE for 500m to where it veers E-ward (at '6'). Leave the road to continue SE through heath and forest to soon reach a small outcrop and the small stream in Manns Gully (at '7'). Follow the stream course upstream over and around some nice granite outcrops and boulders, with abundant Sea Urchin Hakea (Hakea petiolaris) flowering in winter. At '8' head uphill to follow a prominent granite outcrop S-ward and pass two large granite boulders before soon crossing Rushy Road (at '9'). Continue S-ward, along slope through open forest to pass through another cluster of large boulders (at '10-ROX') before reaching an old forestry road (Considine Rd; at '11'). Cross the road and head SW around a hillside before descending to a gully. Find a route through tall heath to cross the gully (at about '12') and then veer left to head SE along the valley slope (via '13'), passing through some local stands of wandoo. Cross Watson Road at '14' and follow the bank of the small stream (via '15' & '16') upstream. After '16' cross the gully to continue SE, uphill to meet Considine Rd again (at '17'). Follow the road SE to its T-junction with Scott Road (at '18'). Head E-ward off-track  and in less than 150m meet an old forestry track at '19' (North Gorge Rd, which follows the northern rim of Chinamans Gully). Follow the track NE-ward quite steeply uphill (via '20'). After  reaching the crest of the ridge (at '21' after about 500m), head ESE downhill (via '22') to cross a small gully and descend to a partly low shrub-covered outcrop (at '23') which extends along slope for about 250m and provides an excellent view SE-ward down Chinamans Gully and across the Helena River valley (now forming part of Lake CY O'Connor/Helena Reservoir. Stay on the upper slopes of the outcrop area and pick an easy route toward '24' through the shrubby patches. After leaving the outcrop, re-enter the forest and cross a deep side-gully before climbing steeply to a ridge (at '24'). The ridge here is dominated by picturesque open wandoo woodland and abundant zamia palms.  Head S-ward via '25' & '26' down the ridge which narrows at one point and drops quite abruptly across an interesting rocky laterite escarpment which provides an easy rock scramble.  At the foot of the ridge (near '27'), veer SW to pick a route through tall heath and cross the main stream course of Chinamans Gully (often dry, and can usually be stepped across easily). Then veer W-ward to follow the tributary stream course upstream via '28' across rocky outcrops (where small cascades would flow in a 'normal' winter after good rainfall). After reaching '29' the route veers more WSW-ward. Soon cross the stream bed to the northern side of the gully, passing through some very open wandoo woodland on the lower slopes and then some low heath and scrub on rockier slopes (at '30').  After '31',veer SW to reach a rocky outcrop at 'FALLS' where a small waterfall occasionally flows across the granite ledge in late winter to spring. Continue SW up the partly heath-covered outcrop to a nice rest spot on a large granite slab at 'ROK2'with good views eastward down the valley to the opposite rim of Chinamans Gully, descended earlier on the walk.  Then veer NW-ward, soon pass through some boulder clusters and reach (at about '34') a broad flat ridge. Continue NW-ward through the open jarrah-marri forest (and abundant wattles in late winter) on the ridge for about 1.25km via '35' (crossing Scott Rd) and '36', to meet Watson Rd at the T-junction with Burnt Bridge Rd (at '37').  Follow Burnt Bridge Rd for about 500m NW. At '38' veer north off-track to pass through a nice patch of wandoo woodland and then descend a granite slab (at '39'). Cross the small stream at the foot of the outcrop and follow the opposite slope N-ward along the gully (via '40') for about 500m. At '41' in wandoo woodland, veer W-ward to re-cross the stream course and soon rejoin Burnt Bridge Rd (at '42'). Follow the road for about 500m, re-crossing Rushy Rd at '43'. At '44' veer NE off-track to soon locate Manns Gully stream course. Cross the stream twice to then stay on the N-ward side. Veer briefly away from the stream across a low outcrop and open ground to bypass a patch of tall scrub to soon reach a small granite outcrop and small rock pool (at 'PL2'). Then head to '46' to rejoin the road and follow it for about 1.3km (via '47') to meet North Rushy Rd again at '48'. Continue off-track for a short distance to reach Firewood Road at '49'.  Turn right and follow Firewood Road for about 400m to '51', then veer NNE off-track through the very open eucalypt tree plantation to reach the road again at '52' and return N-ward up the road (via '1') to the End/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       426351    6467923 Park car.

1           426369    6467213 Road crosses stream.

2           426610    6467068 Cross Firewood Road.

3           426732    6466834 Effectively off-track (old forestry tracks entirely overgrown).

4           427168    6466675 N-S dirt road (old forestry track)

5           427148    6466117 Rushy Rd -T junction with N-S road.

6           427520    6465772 North Rushy Rd

7           427630    6465691 Small outcrop at Manns Gully creek.

8           427757    6465754 Area of outcrops flanking Manns Gully.

9           427764    6465534 Rushy Road.

10-ROX      427793    6465221 Cluster of large granite rocks.

11          427771    6465081 Considine Rd.

12          427331    6464436 Cross stream (through tall heath).

13          427491    6464313 Upslope from south bank of stream (bypass tall heath).

14          427855    6464154 Cross Watson Road (dirt road).

15          427999    6464026 Near stream course.

16          428037    6463874 Near stream course.

17          428315    6463644 Considine Road.

18          428577    6463393 Considine Rd T-juncn with Scott Road (dirt roads).

19          428713    6463384 North Gorge Road.

20          428921    6463526 North Gorge Rd (old forestry track).

21          429079    6463644 North Gorge Rd.

22          429358    6463554 Off-track in forestÑ on approx. SE slope.

23          429438    6463460 Rocky outcrop with good views.

24          429815    6463238 On spur ridge among wandoo trees and zamia palms.

25          429810    6463077 Rocky laterite escarpment.

26          429835    6462942 On south plunging ridge.

27          429800    6462722 Near NE bank of Chinamans Gully stream channel.

28          429689    6462680 V small cascades if strm flowing.

29          429528    6462681 Among open wandoo woodland nr small stream course.

30          429239    6462568 On N-side of stream gully.

31          428844    6462465 On N-side of stream gully.

FALLS       428776    6462398 Small waterfall over granite ledge.

ROK2        428746    6462326 On granite slab. Good E-ward views across Chinamans Gully.

34          428442    6462653 In open jarrah forest on fairly flat ridge.

35          428230    6462841 Scott Rd.

36          427736    6463156 In open jarrah forest on fairly flat ridge.

37          427483    6463458 Burnt Bridge Rd (north) meets Watson Rd.

38          427073    6463837 Burnt Bridge Rd.

39          427102    6463930 Granite slab sloiping into gully.

40          427113    6464120 On E-slope of stream gully.

41          426979    6464455 In open wandoo woodland near stream course.

42          426809    6464452 Burnt Bridge Rd.

43          426492    6464610 Burnt Bridge Rd crosses Rushy Rd.

44          426484    6464779 On forestry road (nth extension of Burnt Bridge Rd).

PL2         426603    6464859 Small rock pool in Manns Gully.

46          426511    6465041 Y-junction of forestry roads.

47          426058    6466195 Y-junction in forestry roads.

48          426076    6466300 Cross old forestry road.

49          426025    6466432 Firewood Road.

50          426115    6466588 Minor vehicle trk from NW-side Firewood Rd into plantation(Optional bypass of waypt 51.

51          426252    6466761 Firewood Road.

52          426385    6467175

END         426346    6467911 

Additional waypoints on map :

3ALT        426707    6466212 North Rushy Road.

4ALT        426599    6465845 On S-plunging ridge.

5ALT        426658    6465514 Small stream.

6ALT        427031    6465601 On narrow SW-plunging ridge.

7ALT        427424    6465329 T-junction of Considine Rd with Rushy Rd.

10          427161    6464437 Stream course.

12-ALT      427990    6464911 Watson Rd. intersects Considine Rd.

16ALT       428328    6463724 Considine Rd.

16B-ALT     428616    6463600 Scott Rd.

36A-ALT     428086    6462799 Scott Rd (south) meets/merges with Burnt Bridge Rd.

36B-ALT     427735    6462911 Burnt Bridge Rd (south) T-juncn with ?Scott Rd.

36C-ALT     427406    6463378 Burnt Bridge Rd (south) meets Watson Rd.

BIBHUT      428868    6461177 Helena Campsite (hut) on Bibbulmun Track.

55          427732    6467381 Firewood Rd. intersects Poison Lease Rd.

56          428379    6465668 Rushy Rd intersects Watson Rd.

57          429626    6465527 Firewood Rd meets Rushy Rd.

58          430791    6463630 On eastern Firewood Road.

59          430939    6463000 T-junction of North Gorge Rd with Jones Rd.

61          430159    6461590 Bibbulmun Track in Chinamans Gully.

62          428460    6461276 Burnt Bridge Rd meets Bibbulmun Track.

63          426828    6462315 Bibbulmun Track crosses Rushy Rd.

64          425567    6463801 Bibbulmun Track near Manns Gully.

66          426581    6464694 Rushy Road.

BIBB2       430654    6461660 Bibbulmun Track above E side of southern Chinamans Gully.

FALLS2      425458    6463537 Falls in Manns Gully close to Bibbulmun Track.

RDTRN       426245    6468692 Cole Road T-junction with Poison Lease Road.

RKPOOL      426767    6465382 Small rock pool.

ROK         426855    6465060 Small rock outcrop above Manns Gully.


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