Mount Gorrie Walk (Walk #9)
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Wandoo and balgas with Mount Gorrie behind
(from south of Helena River), Sept. 2004.
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Approx. 50 kms east of Perth along Great Eastern Highway to Flynn Road turnoff (on right approx. 2km before The Lakes) then further 6 kms down Flynn Road (good condition dirt road).
17 kms (95% off-track)
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MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
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440m (cumulative ascent)
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About 50m before Flynn Road ends at Albercorn Road (on left), turn right down a dirt track for about 150m and park at 'START' point before the track crosses stream (Wariin Brook).
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 :||
e.g. In north, follow Cavern Road NE to Flynn Road or SW to Gorrie Road (then 6.5km NNW on Gorrie Road to Great Eastern Hwy). In south, follow Wellbucket Road west, then north to cross Helena River and meet Gorrie Road (follow north).
Although this walk is almost entirely off-track, it involves mainly easy walking through open wandoo woodlands and some ‘kangaroo pasture-lands’ north and south of the Helena River, about 16 km upstream from Mundaring Weir. There are a few medium slopes, including some rocky outcrops with good views to Mount Yetar and of Mount Gorrie itself, and two crossings of the upper Helena River which in winter-spring may require getting feet/boots wet.
Note: This area is unfortunately also very popular with off-road trail bike and quad bike riders despite being in the Jarrah Die-back 'Disease Risk Area' where non-permitted vehicle entry is prohibited. Hopefully the riders will be encouraged by DEC (and via The State Trail Bike Strategy of Dec. 2007 and the Recreational Trailbike Riders Association of WA (RTRA)) to find more appropriate legal areas for riding before too much more damage is done here. Meanwhile your walking may be disturbed by the whine of their bikes.
Controlled burns: See DEC's 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 Waypoint & 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.
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Some history - Mt Gorrie (often mispelt 'Gorry', even on some published maps) is named after the Gorrie family who ran the former "Malmalling" property from 1907 until 1953. The "Malmalling" Homestead was located 1 km west of Mt Gorrie between the Helena River and Hancock Brook (see waypoint 'HMSTD' and map). Beef cattle were run on the land after 1953 but the Government later resumed the property. The old homestead was abandoned in 1968 and the surrounding farmland was soon after converted into the current pine plantation. The homestead was later destroyed by vandals and sadly even the stone wall ruins were then bulldozed into an ugly heap by Water Corp in about 2006 due to safety and public liability concerns. Two large oak trees planted behind the cottage in the early 1900's remain as reminders of the history of the site. See Mundaring & Hills Historical Society Spring 2005 Newsletter (p.6) for a good summary of the history of the Malmalling site.
Route notes :
From 'START' point follow the dirt road west across the Wariin Brook and after less than 200m at waypt '1' veer WNW off-track through open wandoo woodland to reach a stream course at waypt '2'. Then climb rapidly (still WNW) to a low rocky ridge then descend to a gentle gully before climbing again to reach another rocky ridge at '2A' . Climb the ridge toward the NNW through partly scrubby bush and sheoak forest (avoiding low, thick heath over much of the crestal area) to reach a rock outcrop at 'ROC1' with views SW across a small valley toward a larger rock outcrop ('BIGROC') on the other side. Continue NNW to cross Cavern Road at 'CAVRD.' Veer NW through open wandoo woodland on the crest of the ridge before turning approx SW at waypt '3' to recross Cavern Road and a nearby small rock outcrop at 'ROC2'. Continue SW downhill to cross another dirt road at waypt '4' in a sandy valley. Then climb approx SW to reach the larger east-sloping granite outcrop at waypt 'BIGROC' with good views to Mount Yetar (8km ESE). Walk SSW along the outcrop and partly through sheoak forest to reach waypt '5'. Then veer SE downhill to cross a stream gully at waypt '6' and then along a very gently sloping hillside through open wandoo woodland to reach waypt '7'. Then descend gently (partly through an understorey of abundant grass trees) to a broad, quite flat valley floor, before climbing to waypt '8' above a rock outcrop (on the west flank of Mount Gorrie ridge). Veer south to reach another outcrop at 'ROKNU' and soon after cross a dirt road running E-W. Continue approx. south to reach the Mount Gorrie ridge at waypt '8A'. At about this point the ridge is largely cleared of forest leaving grassy 'kangaroo-pastures' with views across the Helena River valley. Veer SSW to follow the ridge uphill partly through groves of large grass trees, to reach the summit of Mount Gorrie at 'MT' marked by a small cairn on a boulder. Descend from Mount Gorrie initially SW to meet a dirt road at waypt '10'. Follow the dirt road south until it becomes overgrown at about waypt '11', then veer SW again to soon cross a dirt road, then Helena River at waypt 'FORD'. (In a wet winter you can expect to get your boots/feet wet here.) Continue approx. SW for less than 100m to along meet at waypt '12' a dirt road which skirts the Wellbucket Pine Plantation. Follow the road SW for less than 200m to '12A'. Then veer SE to initially cross a gully then across flat forested ground to soon cross another dirt road. Continue SE and climb steepening slope to reach waypt '13' near a rocky ridge. Veer more eastward toward the ridge top gaining (at 'VU') a good view back across the Helena River valley to Mount Gorrie. Continue eastward across the ridge top, then descend across a rocky slope to reach a broad lightly forested saddle approx. at waypt '14'. Turn NE to walk along the slope of the NW-sloping hillside via waypoints '14A' and '14B' mainly through open wandoo woodland and groves of grass trees. About 300m after '14C' after crossing a couple of steam gullies, the route climbs quite steeply via '14D' to reach the ridge at approx. waypt. '15'. Veer approx. north down the ridge and reach an outcrop at 'BIGRK2' with views to the north. Continue north to waypt '15' then veer NE to descend to cross a stream gully at waypt '16'. Then veer to NNE again to cross two dirt roads and then the Helena River at waypt '17'. (In a wet winter you will probably have to get your boots/feet wet here also.) Then veer WNW to initially cross the Wariin Brook and adjacent open grassy flats before climbing toward a partly rocky spur-ridge near waypt '18'. Continue climbing westward, staying on the more open grassy areas along the southern side of the ridge to avoid teh more rocky/pebbly ground along the ridge top. The slope flattens off onto the lateritic ridge top before reaching waypt '19'. Follow the eastern edge of the ridge via waypt '20' (with view to east) and cross the rocky crest of the ridge at waypt '21'. Finally descend to the NE (via '22') to regain the dirt road near the Start point. Turn right to follow the road back across Wariin Brook to the 'END'.
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 438180 6467517 Park car just east of Wariin Brook.
1 438031 6467476 Leave dirt road to begin off-track.
2 437645 6467580 Cross sidestream.
2A 436927 6467678 On partly rocky ridge climbing to north.
ROC1 436679 6468419 Small rock outcrop.
CAVRD 436634 6468555 Cross Cavern Road.
3 436469 6468663 In wandoo woodland, on ridge.
ROC2 436387 6468484 Small outcrop just after re-crossing road.
4 436104 6468014 Cross old dirt road.
BIGROC 435944 6467902 Reach large outcrop with good views to east.
5 435822 6467508 On hillside, in forest.
6 436029 6467260 Cross stream gully.
7 436558 6466922 In forest.
8 436848 6466103 Rock outcrop.
ROKNU 436839 6465940 Rock outcrop.
8A 436878 6465480 On ridge.
MT 436670 6464730 Small rock cairn on Mount Gorrie summit.
10 436504 6464439 Meet old dirt road.
11 436532 6463996
FORD 436373 6463771 Cross Helena River.
12 436309 6463750 Meet dirt road skirting pine plantation.
12A 436220 6463611 Leave road.
13 436332 6463332 Near ridge climbing east. Good view to Mt Gorrie.
VU 436487 6463289 Grassed area, near ridge top. View to Mt Gorrie.
14 436728 6463248 In gentle saddle area.
14A 436852 6463437 On steepening NW-sloping hillside.
14B 437056 6463677 On steeper slope.
14C 437492 6464105 Near deeply incised stream gully.
14D 437626 6464603 On steep slope below ridge.
15 437759 6464794 On ridge, in forest.
BIGRK2 437805 6465150 On north-sloping outcrop.
15A 437774 6465255 On ridge.
16 437987 6465490 Cross small stream.
17 438100 6466116 Re-cross Helena River.
18 438021 6466274 On flank of rocky spur-ridge, climbing to west.
19 437427 6466354 On laterite-capped ridge.
20 437483 6466565 On edge of ridge with views to east.
21 437480 6466718 On rocky crest of ridge.
22 437881 6467082
END 438142 6467503 Back at Start point.
Additional waypoints on map :
HMSTD 435473 6464363 Location of former "Malmalling" homestead (1900-1968).
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