Nockine Brook Walk (Walk #15a)


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2) Photo from walk  (also see Photo Galleries)

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4) Google map & Satellite imagery

5) Route profile

6) Walk description

7) Waypoint listing and grid references


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Wandoo woodland

south of Nockine Brook, Nov. 2004.

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         Route profile



 Walk description  
Location :

Approx 70kms east of Perth, along Great Eastern  Highway then Great Southern Highway to Yarra Road turnoff (on right 13kms east of The Lakes), then further 18kms down Yarra Road (last 15kms is unsurfaced road) to corner of Surveyors Road.

Length :

17.5kms (90% 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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Park at side of Surveyors Road near corner with Yarra 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 :

Eastward to Yarra Road.  Surveyors Road (approx. W-E) is a good quality dirt road which connects Yarra Road to Nockine Road, about 7 kms west of the walk area.

Main features


This is a pleasant and not too arduous wander in a seldom visited area off Yarra Road, about 7 kms south of the Mount Yetar Walk area and about 8 kms north of the Upper Darkin Walk area. The scenery includes the typical open wandoo woodlands of this eastern area of the Darling Range. The northern few kms of the walk around Nockine Brook lie within the new Helena National Park.

The low laterite-topped and forested  hills in the area are the erosional remnants of a previously extensive laterite plateau. They provide views SSW to Mount Dale, about 15 kms away. The walk includes a few modest slopes onto and around the hill-tops, and also traverses a few small granite outcrops. But the main attraction is the beauty of the woodlands combined with the prolific wildflowers in late winter to spring which more than compensates for lack of dramatic terrain. The walk also briefly follows a couple of stream valleys, including a short section of Nockine Brook which may be flowing in late winter/spring. -The Brook feeds into the Helena River about 9 kms WNW of the walk area and just upstream from Lake C.Y O'Connor (previously 'Helena Reservoir').

This area is also of some significance for native fauna conservation: More than 20 numbats were released by CALM into  woodlands in the Nockine and Qualen areas in late 1997 under a 10-year Numbat Recovery Plan (as part of the  Western Shield project). The released animals were to be radio-tracked but success to date in these release areas is unknown.

The walk is mainly off-track, but there should be very few scratchy bits. The route mostly avoids areas of quite dense dryandra scrub (parrot bush) which is common on some of the laterite-capped hill tops.  CALM carried out  'control' burns in the area north of Surveyors Road in October 2005;  Don't let that discourage you from this walk as the woodland recovers very quickly.

Controlled burns:  A burn was carried out in late Autumn 2010 in the area east of Yarra Road. See DEC's 6-season indicative burn programme. This burn has affected about 2 kms of the initial part of the walk route between waypoints '1' & 'RD'. Until the forest recovers in that area that section can be bypassed by heading SW-ward off-track from waypoint '1' directly to '3C' (see WalkGPS recon. history map) which reduces the total walk distance by 2 kms.   

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 :

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

Route notes :


From Start point, head SE along Yarra Road for 500m. At waypoint '1', where Yarra Road curves more southward,  leave the road to follow an old vehicle track SE through jarrah and dryandra. Leave the track at '2' to head southward through open jarrah forest to '3'. Then veer SW uphill, soon passing through patches of tall heath to reach a low granite outcrop (at 'ROCK').  Turn right (NW) to follow the outcrop for about 150m, then re-enter the forest, soon reaching pleasant open wandoo woodland. Veer SW again at '3B' to soon leave the woodland and pass through a patch of dryandra (parrot bush) before reaching Yarra Road again (at 'RD'). Cross the road to find the start of an old vehicle track.  Follow the track westward and gently downhill, to cross a stream course.  After approx. a further 150m, at '3C' turn left (southward, ) to leave the track and climb steadily uphill through wandoo woodland along a broad ridge.  After crossing the hill-top, reach '4' at the top of the southern slope, then veer right (west) to follow the top of the slope for about 100m to '5'.  Then head SSW downslope (initially down a ridge) to reach a stream course (usually dry) at '6'.  Turn right  to follow the valley floor westward to '7', then NW-ward, passing through clumps of tall balgas along the way.  At '8', leave the valley floor and  head northward, initially upslope. The route soons flattens along slope and crosses an old track at '8A' (the same track that was previously followed between 'RD' and '3C'). On reaching '9', veer NNE to head down the hill side and cross a stream course at '10'. Then climb NE-ward through jarrah forest.  At '11' on a rocky heath-covered ridge, veer due north and continue upslope to reach wandoo woodland again.  At '12' veer NE to climb to the NW edge of the laterite-capped hill-top.  Follow the upper edge of the laterite breakaway via '13', continuing gently downslope to '14'.  Then veer left (approx. WNW) to follow a ridge downslope to reach Surveyors Road at '15'. (This is about the halfway point on the walk).  Cross the road and head approx. due west, and mainly gently downslope.  Veer WNW at '16' and reach the edge of a low granite outcrop at '17'. Follow the outcrop downslope to cross a stream at '18'. Then head approx. NE-ward up a moderate slope, picking a route through tall heath and shrubs to reach a patchy outcrop at about '19'.   Then turn right (SE) and continue uphill, soon gaining good views westward across the forest. Re-enter open wandoo woodland on the flanks of a small laterite-capped 'butte' at '20'.  This is a pleasant spot for a good rest stop. After climbing across the butte, head ENE across a saddle area to reach the pebbly slopes of a laterite breakaway at '21' which skirts a small hill-top plateau.  From near here there are views through the forest to Mount Dale about 15 kms to the SSW. Head northward  along the breakaway slope via '22' passing through very picturesque woodland.  At '23'  turn left to head  a short distance downslope and pass through a patch of tall heath and scattered granite 'boulders'.  Enter jarrah forest at '24' close to a ridge, with views again to Mount Dale in the distance.  Continue approx. westward along the southern edge of the ridge top to '25', then descend initially quite steeply via '26'  through grass trees and tall shrubs. At '27 reach Nockine Brook. In a winter of 'average' (or more) rainfall this small stream should be flowing gently along this section.  Follow the stream course via '28' and '29', then head ENE-ward uphill to reach a granite outcrop at '30'.  Continue uphill to '31', then descend to another outcrop at '32', with views southward across the valley. Again climb gently uphill to '33' on the laterite plateau surface. Then head southward down patchy granite outcrops and boulders to '34'.  Then veer eastward and soon cross Nockine Brook and continue eastward to cross Hutt Road at '36'.  Then veer SE-ward uphill to a broad ridge at '37'.  Head SSE up the ridge and pass though a patch of dryandra on the crest of the ridge near '38'. Then veer SE and cross a gentle gully through low heath to soon reach a low granite outcrop with views to the NE. On reaching the SE limit of the outcrop, veer southward  through mainly open jarrah forest and patches of dryandra to reach the junction of Surveyors Road and Deefor Road at '40'.  Follow Surveyors Road SE-ward for 500m to get back 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       443361  6456452  Start point at corner Yarra and Surveyors Road.

1           443663  6456107  Old vehicle track heads SE off Yarra Road.

2           444027  6455929  On old vehicle track in open jarrah forest.

3           444087  6455196  Near small gully on gentle hillside.

ROCK        443902  6455098  Granite outcrop.

3B          443677  6455374  In wandoo woodland, on west-sloping hillside.

RD          443441  6455271  Yarra Road.

3C          442765  6455392  On old vehicle track.  

4           442630  6454697  In wandoo woodland near hill-top.

5           442537  6454709  In wandoo woodland.

6           442305  6454132  Along(usually dry) stream course.

7           441717  6454241  Along (usually dry) stream course. 

8           441403  6454568  Along (usually dry) stream course. 

8A          441351  6455246  Cross old vehicle track.

9           441286  6455502  On broad ridge.

10          441390  6455771  Cross (usually dry)stream course.

11          441658  6456079  On south-sloping ridge. 

12          441665  6456352

13          441942  6456583  In wandoo woodland near hill-top.

14          441995  6456809  In wandoo woodland.

15          441660  6456995  Cross Surveyors Road.

16          441061  6457032 

17          440810  6457197  At edge of low-lying granite slab.

18          440758  6457389  Cross small stream course.

19          440888  6457577 

20          440981  6457509  On small laterite 'butte'/hill-top.

21          441238  6457616  On laterite breakaway around hill-top.

22          441212  6457753  In wandoo woodland.

23          441266  6457932  In wandoo woodland. 

24          441105  6458004

25          440868  6458063  In jarrah forest.

26          440617  6458339  On westward-sloping hillside.

27          440452  6458385  Nockine Brook.

28          440392  6458526  Nockine Brook.

29          440682  6458651  Nockine Brook

30          440994  6458771  On south-sloping granite outcrop.

31          441121  6458776  Granite outcrop.

32          441172  6458657

33          441611  6458654  Patchy outcrop and heath.

34          441604  6458471 

35          441866  6458454  Cross Nockine Brook.

36          442402  6458456  Cross Hutt Road.

37          442711  6458278  On broad, north-sloping ridge.

38          442854  6457759  On ridge.

39          443118  6457461  SE edge of granite outcrop.

40          442954  6456774  Meet junction of Surveyors and Deefor Roads.

END         443361  6456452  Arrive back at start point.


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