Upper Dale River Walk (Walk #27)
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Typical open wandoo woodland,
upper Dale River area.
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65 kms SE of Perth, along Brookton Hwy to Metro Road on right, then further 14.5 kms down Metro Road.
18kms (99% off-track)
|Degree of difficulty :||
EASY (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||280m (cumulative ascent)|
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To reach parking spot at Start point (see map), follow Brookton Highway and turn right into Metro Road (first road on right after Christmas Tree well on left), then drive 14.5 km down Metro Road (dirt) to park at intersection with McCallum Road.
|Escape route/s :||
Reach Metro Road and then north to Brookton Hwy.
This walk is mostly through picturesque, open wandoo woodlands between small granite outcrops. Although it is almost entirely off-track it includes some easy walking over reasonably gentle terrain, with only a few modest slopes onto the outcrops and across a few, usually dry stream gullies (including upper Dale River). There are some pleasant views from the outcrops. Expect a few short sections of scratchy heath around the outcrops, though a 'controlled burn' in the area in about early 2004 temporarily removed some of the thicker patches.
Note: Trail-bike activity - Parts of this area and other wandoo woodland areas have become increasingly popular with trail-bike riders, with many informal illegal trails criss-crossing the woodlands. Riding in this particular area is supposedly legal only if bikes are registered and remain on 'formed' trails. (Metro Road is within State Forest and outside the Jarrah Dieback Disease Risk area.) The State Trail Bike Strategy of Dec. 2007 identified the area as "having potential for development as an Off Road Vehicle area for motorcycles and quads", but the riders' uncontrolled off-road activities are causing considerable environmental damage throughout the woodlands including across granite outcrops. In August 2010 the State Government announced it will be assisting trail-bike riders to design and build an "environmentally-sustainable" pilot trail-bike trail in the Flint forest block, near this walk area. Hopefully, this will be a positive step toward rider education and regulation that may at least slow and help contain the wider damage being done across the woodlands. Meanwhile you may prefer to walk in this area only on week days, when there is usually less trail-bike activity and your walking will be less disturbed by incessant bike noise.
Controlled burns: A burn is currently scheduled for Autumn 2009 in an area in the NNE bounded by Metro and McCallum Roads. This will only impact on a short section of the walk route between waypoints '14B' & 'POOL'. See DEC's 6-season indicative burn programme.
Future impact of bauxite mining: The presence of lateritic caprock and pods of bauxite ore across the southern part of this walk area (see image below) has made it (like Bannister Hill further south) the firm target for future bauxite strip mining which is destined to prevent bushwalker access and destroy the intrinsic recreational and landscape values of this area. Ironically the conservation value of the area was recognised with its designation for some time as the proposed future Gibbs Conservation Park of around 5929 ha to be managed identically to a national park. However, subsequent political 'pragmatism' (i.e. the attraction to this State of mining royalties) prevailed and the "Regional Forest Agreement for the SW Forest Region of W.A." (Cwth. & W.A. State Governments; 1999) withdrew the "Proposed Conservation Park" status. Under the later Forest Management Plans (including the draft 2013-2023 Plan of August 2012) a smaller 2280ha area to the north is now proposed ("reinstated") as the future Gibbs Conservation Park while most of the area has remained as State Forest to ensure it is available for the bauxite miners who in 2008 gained environmental approval for their future extensive mining expansion into the area. The potential for a future effective 'biolink' to the otherwise isolated Boyagarring Conservation Park has also been lost.
The State's environmental approval processes (through the EPA) have failed to ensure bona fide “close consultation" with the community that the mining proponents have claimed. In place of consultation there has been continuing slick public relations 'spin' by bauxite miners, conveying an impression to the public that "world's best" environmental rehabilitation programs (including "re-landscaping") can restore (even improve!) the intrinsic values of a landscape that has been essentially destroyed by mining. Hopefully, growing public awareness, scepticism and concern will lead to better outcomes for the community and especially for future generations.
|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: Jarrahdale 1:50,000 Sheet (Dept. of CALM, 1990);
or Jarrahdale & Yaganing 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2133-3 & 2133-2.
|Other background references :||
"Worsley Bauxite mining expansion Environmental Review and Management
Programme (ERMP)" by Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd, May 2005.
May 2005 by the EPA. Public submissions closed August 2005 and
W.A.'s EPA gave final
environmental approval of the expansion plan in February 2008.
The mining area expansion within the extensive existing lease will unfortunately
eventually impinge on the southern side of this walk area. It is possible
that public access via Metro Road will also eventually be restricted due to
future mining operations . A planned new long distance conveyor belt
route is also likely to pass N-S through the centre of the walk area.
(Worsley is 86% owned by BHP Billiton).- For information on the future impact on walk areas see
submission to EPA (5MB pdf). See also
Related access issues on WalkGPS.
Proposed Conservation Park: The eastern half of this walk (east of the N-S stream course that passes close to waypoint 'SMLROK') lies within a proposed small Conservation Park at the eastern margin of the current State Forest area (see CALM Operations Graphics series maps for location).
Route notes :
Head initially NW mainly through open woodland, cross small patchy outcrop at waypoints ‘3’ and ‘4’ (see map) then descend through wandoo and balgas (grass trees) to cross two dry creek beds (route veers N-ward). Then reach larger granite outcrop after waypoint ‘6’. After moving uphill across the outcrop pass through short sections of scratchy scrub and a series of small rock outcrops to reach another larger outcrop at waypoint ‘VUROK’ (first rest stop). Then walk uphill through short section of scratchy dryandra to reach ridge and open wandoo woodland after waypoint ‘11’. Follow ridge downhill initially S-ward and then SE-ward passing through two thickets of young casuarina (sheoak) before crossing a stream gully to reach waypoint ‘14’. Then veer eastward, re-cross the stream bed, and cross a gentle ridge through wandoo to regain Metro Road at waypoint ‘14B’. Cross the road and continue approx ESE through open woodland to cross McCallum Road, pass large granite boulder on other side of road, and soon after reach a (dried out) pool on the upper Dale River. Then keep heading ESE across gentle ridge, to cross a quite broad flat valley and a small stream gully before reaching a small granite outcrop at ‘SMLROK’. Then veer approx NE through mainly open woodlands, cross a narrow dryandra-covered ridge and descend across a short section of rocky ground and through sheoak forest to reach low granite outcrops at ‘ROK 1’ and ‘16’ (second rest stop). Veer SE again and reach another small granite outcrop at ‘TRIG’ waypoint, where there is an interesting old man-made boulder arrangement and small sharpened post (probably an old surveying point). Veer east to descend to a larger granite outcrop at waypoint ‘NURK2’. Veer SSE to follow the outcrop uphill, then cross an E-W dirt road (marked on map) and climb gently through very picturesque open woodland to reach point ‘17’. After ‘17’, walk south and soon descend to a granite outcrop at ‘18’. Follow the outcrop southward along slope (with views to east), passing through a couple of brief scratchy sections. Then climb gently through mainly jarrah forest to a ridge at waypoint ‘19’. Veer SW-ward to ascend a granite outcrop with a good lunch spot at ’19-A’ with views of surrounding forest and distant wheatbelt farmland. Then walk SSW through partly scratchy scrub to reach a small stand of wandoo trees (‘WANDOO’ on map) and continue SW (gently downhill) to another granite outcrop (at ‘CRNROK’ on map). Veer due west, initially through low scratchy scrub, cross stream gully and walk through open jarrah forest to reach waypoint ‘20’. Veer NW, eventually cross a gentle valley and then climb through some scratchy scrub to reach waypoint ’20’ on a more open ridge. Then veer SW along the ridge and pass through a brief scratchy section to reach a granite outcrop at ‘VURK2’ with nice views to the west across the valley to another outcrop which is the next point on the route. Descend down the rock from ‘VURK2’ and head WSW to cross the valley, initially through partly scratchy scrub, across an unmarked road, then a dry stream bed and then a gentle climb to reach waypoint ‘22’ on the other outcrop. Head NNW along the outcrop and after about 400m veer NW to leave it and descend through open woodland to cross the upper Dale River bed at waypoint ‘24’. Then it’s a gentle uphill climb through woodland 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 448558 6420185 Park car. Head west 100m on McCallum Road.
2 448457 6420176 Veer NW off road into the forest.
WANDU2 447946 6420574 Large wandoo tree. Veer west.
3 447606 6420612 Reach patchy rocky outcrop.
4 447550 6420675 Still on outcrop.
4A 447423 6420705 Into wandoo woodlands.
5 447155 6421043 Cross stream bed.
6 447205 6421391 Close to base of granite outcrop.
7 447280 6421675 Top of granite outcrop.
8 447268 6421836 Another outcrop.
9 447446 6421997 Smaller outcrop.
10 447782 6421941 Outcrop.
VUROK 447842 6421794 Good views of bushland across gentle valley.
11 447863 6421658 Close to ridge and open wandoo woodland.
12 447843 6421425 On ridge. Wandoo trees to west, jarrah to east.
13 448175 6421082 Enter thicket of casuarina pines about here.
14 448358 6420802 Just after crossing dry stream channel.
14A 448715 6420879 In wandoo woodland.
14B 448991 6420816 Cross Metro Road.
POOL 449693 6420588 Small pool along Dale River gully.
SMLROK 450471 6420244 Small granite outcrop.
ROK1 451737 6421024 Low granite outcrop surrounded by sheoak.
16 451886 6420973 Leave patchy granite outcrop.
16A 452183 6420703
TRIG 452277 6420673 Small outcrop with small post ?survey marker.
NURK2 452578 6420744 Another outcrop, rising to the south.
17 452856 6420046 In wandoo woodlands.
17A 452823 6419830
18 452874 6419788 Reach granite outcrop with views to east.
18-A 452771 6419711 Continuing along outcrop.
18-B 452760 6419169 In jarrah forest.
19 452858 6418674 On ridge.
19-A 452634 6418423 Near top of sloping granite outcrop. Good views.
WANDOO 452621 6418327 Small stand of wandoo trees on ridge.
CRNROK 452519 6418149 Outcrop sloping to west with small cairn marker.
20 452332 6418060 In jarrah forest.
20-A 451442 6419038
21 451141 6418999 On ridge in wandoo woodland.
VURK2 450988 6418821 Top of granite outcrop. Views west across valley.
21-A 450885 6418864 Base of outcrop.
22 450103 6418694 On another granite outcrop.
22-A 450006 6418788 Views east.
23 449950 6418974 Continuing along outcrop.
ENDROK 449878 6419066 Leave outcrop about here.
23A 449784 6419046 Back into wandoo woodland.
24 449159 6419659 Re-cross Dale River channel.
END 448558 6420185 End walk back at car.
Additional waypoints on map :
BOLDRS 447306 6421945 Granite boulders close to route in NW.
RD-CNR 451215 6420279 Bend in dirt road, east of 'SMLROK'.
ROK23 449873 6419347 Near base of granite outcrop, north of 'ENDROK'.
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