Running Brook Walk (Walk #20a)


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1) Walk map - Shows route and waypoint locations

2) Photo from walk  (also see Photo Galleries)

3) 3D map view

4) Google map & Satellite imagery

5) Route profile

6) Walk description

7) Waypoint listing and grid references


 Walk map  Photo
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Wandoo woodland on laterite breakaway,

2km NNW of Christmas Tree Well,  July 2006.

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         Route profile



 Walk description  
Location :

64 kms SE of Perth, along Brookton Hwy to Christmas Tree Well picnic area entry road on left (about 700m after Dale Pine Plantation and before Yarra Road).  

Length :

16 field kms (90% off-track).

Degree of difficulty :

MEDIUM   (What does this mean?)

Amount of uphill walking : 290m (cumulative ascent)
GPS-preferred : YES
Access  :

See Google Map for start point on road map.

(Use zoom ladder for detail. Select 'Hybrid' to add satellite imagery.)

Follow the entry road to Christmas Tree Well picnic area about 500m off Brookton Highway (signposted on Brookton Highway). Park at the picnic area carpark.

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 :

Via Running Brook Road (dirt road) south to Brookton Highway; or in east, south to dirt road skirting Dale Pine Plantation; or in west, west to Beraking Brook Road (dirt road) then south to Brookton Highway.  

Main features


This walk covers more variety in terrain than the Christmas Tree Well Walk to the east, which starts from the same point.  The route initially heads NW over a hill to the Running Brook valley.  Along the way there are good views to Mount Dale (14 km NW) and across the surrounding forest.  There is an interesting mix of open forest, mainly jarrah-marri, but also about 25% picturesque wandoo woodlands.  The route also crosses two sizeable granite slabs, and visits an interesting 'standing granite figure' sculpted by nature.

Despite the variety in terrain, the slopes are relatively gentle. Expect a few short sections of low scratchy heath. 

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:   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 :


Route notes :


Head initially approx. north from the Start point to follow a dirt road  skirting the Dale Pine Plantation on the left. The road veers left and after waypt '1' soon starts climbing gently NW.  After about 750m from the Start point, when the road again veers left (at '2'), leave the road to head northward off-track, gently uphill through a patch of fairly open parrot bush to reach open jarrah forest close to a ridge (at '3').  Veer approx. WNW to walk along the lateritic surface, skirting occasional patches of parrot bush, with the crest of the ridge to your right. After about 400m (at '4') veer NW to head upslope, but still keeping the crest of the ridge to your right. Soon (at '5') veer northward, climbing toward the crest of the ridge and bypassing a valley on your left.  Then veer NNW (at '6') and soon pass through another patch of fairly open parrot bush into open jarrah forest on a lateritic plateau. After about 400m, reach the NW-sloping edge of the plateau, gaining a good view across the forest to Mount Dale. Continue NNW down the gentle slope through low heath, following animal tracks, to reach a  granite slab ('SLB').  Veer westward (left) across the slab (to '7'), then re-enter jarrah forest and continue approx. westward, initially gently downslope. After '8' the slope initially steepens then flattens off into the heath-covered Running Brook valley floor. Reach a cleared area and pass a water storage pond before crossing a small culvert (at 'BDGE') on Running Brook to join Running Brook Road (dirt road; at 'RD').  Turn right to follow the road northward for about 300m. Then leave the road to head NW off-track and gently upslope through the forest (possibly following a nearby old forestry track if preferred). At '9' veer NNW to climb very gently along the slope to reach a ridge (at about '9A'). Veer westward and descend very gently across a lateritic slope through wandoo woodland, crossing a forestry road (at 'RDX'), to reach a stream course (at '10'). Follow the valley floor westward (upstream; via '11') through open wandoo woodland, then turn right (northward) after 700m (at '11A') and head gently uphill through jarrah forest to meet another forestry road (at 'RD-2').  Follow the road NE for 400m, onto a broad ridge. Then (at 'RD-3') leave the road and head approx. NNE gently downhill through heath to reach an eastward-sloping granite slab ('SLB2'). Turn left (WNW) to cross patches of heath and very soon reach a larger NE-sloping granite slab (at '12').  Follow the outcrop very gently downslope for about 100m.  Then veer left (NNW) to leave the outcrop and cross open heathland for about 400m to reach the floor of a side valley and wandoo woodland.  Turn right to follow the approximate stream course NE.  Soon cross an old forestry road (at 'OLD-RD'), then head NNE gently upslope to reach a broad ridge (at '15'; this is at the approximate half-way point on the walk).  Veer NE along the ridge to reach a small north-sloping granite outcrop (at'RK5'). Head SE from the outcrop through a stand of sheoaks along the rocky NE-flank of the low ridge,  passing a 'standing rock figure' (at 'SDGRK'). Soon (at '15A') veer ESE to follow the broad ridge through open jarrah forest and then wandoo woodland, to re-cross Running Brook Road (at 'RD4'). Then pick an easy route via animal tracks across the low rushes and through the narrow belt of swamp paperbarks along the nearby Running Brook stream course. Then continue SE, initially across the bare sandy valley floor and then gently uphill through open wandoo woodland, climbing (or skirting) a low laterite breakaway after about 800m. Soon after pass two granite boulders surrounded by zamia palms) at 'BLDRS', then veer right (SSE) to cross an old forestry road and climb gently to a very broad low ridge.  Continue SSE (via '16') in jarrah forest.  Cross an old forestry road (at '17') in a gentle saddle and then veer ESE to climb gently up a broad ridge through jarrah forest. At '18A' veer SSE to continue up the ridge and soon enter wandoo woodland. At '18A' you have a choice of either a) continuing 50m up the ridge to '20' as a short-cut, or b) you can take the longer (by 500m) but more rewarding option of a short return detour (via '18B' and '19') to the SW to explore some very picturesque woodland and views along the NE-sloping hillside. At '20' head eastward through woodland near the upper edge of the lateritic slope, then descend through heath to a small granite outcrop (near '21'), gaining good view northward across the forest. Then veer SE, climbing gently across open heathland onto the broad, flattish hill-top. Continue (via '22') SE and climb gently and enter wandoo woodland along the summit area ('SMT') of the hill.  Continue down the steeper SE ridge.  The slope flattens off after about 400m. At '23' veer right and head south to SSW (via '24') across very gentle terrain before descending more steeply to '25'. Then veer due south (via '1') to get back to the Start point at the picnic area.



 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       445451  6433946   Carpark at Christmas Tree Well picnic area.

1           445388  6434081   On forestry road, pine plantation on left. 

2           444973  6434490   On forestry road, pine plantation on left.

3           444951  6434663   In jarrah forest, near ridge.

4           444594  6434826   In jarrah forest, very gentle southward slope.

5           444466  6435022   In jarrah forest, near ridge.

6           444459  6435156   In jarrah forest, near ridge.

SLB         444168  6435637   On west-sloping granite slab.

7           444093  6435624   On west-sloping granite slab.

8           443876  6435597   On westward-sloping hillside, in jarrah forest.

BDGE        443249  6435756   Cross culvert on Running Brook.

RD          443220  6435740   On Running Brook Road.

8A          443199  6436070   On Running Brook Road.  

9           442950  6436227   On westward-sloping hillside, in jarrah forest. 

9A          442846  6436557   On broad ridge.

RDX         442286  6436660   Forestry road.

10          442138  6436680   Stream course in side valley.

11          441948  6436552   Near stream course in side valley.

11A         441464  6436620   Near stream course in side valley.

RD-2        441508  6436721   On foresty road.

RD-3        441819  6436933   On forestry road.

SLB2        441932  6437162   On east-sloping granite slab.

12          441811  6437237   On NE-sloping granite slab. 

BIGSLB      441871  6437322   On NE-sloping granite slab.

13          441693  6437662   Valley floor.

OLD-RD      441897  6437799   Old forestry road.

15          442015  6438204   On broad ridge.

RK5         442205  6438327   On small north-sloping granite slab.

SDGRK       442300  6438253   'Standing rock figure'.

15A         442384  6438174   On rocky ridge.

RD4         443002  6438050   On Running Brook Road.

BLDRS       443697  6437524   Two granite boulders near old forestry road.

16          443797  6437076   In forest on broad, low ridge.

17          443902  6436569   On old forestry road.

18          444279  6436380   In forest on NE-sloping ridge.

18A         444357  6436088   In wandoo woodland, on NE-sloping ridge.

18B         444218  6435923   In wandoo woodland, on NE-sloping hillside.

19          444250  6435885   In wandoo woodland, on NE-sloping hillside.

20          444396  6436057   In wandoo woodland, on NE-sloping hillside.

21          444681  6436096   On NNE-sloping hillside, on heath/granite.

22          445059  6435775   On broad, flattish hill-top.

SMT         445271  6435433   In wandoo woodland, near summit of hill.

23          445809  6434922   On near-flat ridge.

24          445753  6434692  

25          445380  6434341   On/near old track.

1           445388  6434081

END         445451  6433946   Back at Start point.

Additional Waypoints on map : 

ENTRY       445917  6433725   Picnic area access road leaves Brookton Hwy.

RUN-BK      442300  6434312   Running Brook Road meets Brookton Hwy.

RD2B        443048  6436719   Forestry road (through 'RDX') meets Running Brook Rd.

ALT-RD      442879  6437766   Old (part overgrown) forestry road meets Running Brook Rd.  

RK7         443638  6437824   Small granite slab in stream gully (north of 'BLDRS').


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