Upper Darkin Walk (Walk #18)
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View north through wandoo trees across Darkin River valley, July 2002.
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65 kms SE of Perth, along Brookton Hwy to Yarra Road on left, then further 16.1 kms up Yarra Road (good condition dirt road).
17 field kms (98% off-track)
|Degree of difficulty :||
MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||380m (cumulative ascent)|
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Park 16.1 kms up Yarra Road at white boom gate blocking CALM forestry track on left hand side.
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 :||
Reach Yarra Road and then south to Brookton Highway (or alternatively north (approx 30kms) to Great Southern Highway.
This walk is mostly through picturesque, open wandoo woodlands immediately south of the upper Darkin River and 12-16km east of Mount Dale. It lies mainly within the new 44,000 ha Wandoo National Park. The terrain is varied with some easy walking over reasonably gentle terrain, but also a few steeper slopes across laterite breakaways and stream gullies. There are some pleasant views from the outcrops across the Darkin valley and toward Mount Dale. Expect a few short sections of scratchy heath around granite outcrops.
For a shorter walk (14 kms) in this general area, try the nearby Upper Darkin Variation Walk, which is immediately to the NW. That walk route includes a very short segment overlap of less than 1 km (between waypoints '25' & '28' in the NW) with this walk. The nearby Flynn Hills Walk, immediately to the NE, also offers some similar easy walking, but is only 13.5 kms versus 17kms for this route.
Controlled burns: See DEC's 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 :||
"Wandoo National Park - Park Guide" by DEC (undated pdf).
Route notes :
Head initially SSW down forestry track, then veer SSE off-track at waypt '1' to climb gentle slope to hill-top views at approx. waypt '2'. Veer approx. eastward along the ridge through wandoo woodland and after waypt '3' descend to cross Yarra Road at waypt '5' and reach broad, very lightly wooded valley. Follow the valley from waypt '6' to '8', then veer NE to cross water course. Walk uphill, crossing an old forestry track (Lightning Road) at waypt '9'. Pass through a short section of dryandra scrub on a low, broad ridge, then reach another ridge at waypt '10'. Walk north along the ridge to waypt '11' then descend across partly open, rocky ground, to waypt '12'. Ascend again, partly through a thicket of casuarina (sheoak)to reach a granite outcrop at 'GDROK'. Climb to the ridge to the SW into wandoo woodlands again and then veer WNW, recrossing Lightning Road and across a gentle valley through open marri-jarrah forest, before ascending to waypt '16' at the northern edge of a laterite-capped ridge, with good northward views through the wandoo tress and across the Darkin valley. Descend to a large granite outcrop at 'GDVURK' with open views across the valley (and a good place for a lunch break). Descend the outcrop to waypt '17' then veer west and cross a broad gully at waypt '18', followed by a steepish ascent up a laterite-capped breakaway to a narrow boulder-strewn plateau at waypt '19', with large wandoo trees. Descend from the 'plateau' at waypt '20' and walk along-slope to cross Yarra Road again at waypt '21'.
Then initially continue along the northern escarpment of the laterite plateau to cross a ridge at approx. waypt '22' and descend quite steeply through some heath and scrub and across rocky ground to cross a stream gully at waypt '24'. Climb to a ridge at waypt '25' then descend partly through heath and some rocky ground to cross two stream gullies (waypoints 'GULLY' and '27'). Climb to a small outcrop at '28' then turn southward. Reach another very small rock outcrop at 'SMLRK' with views eastward across the small valley. After reaching waypt' 31', descend eastward to cross the stream gully at waypt '32'. Then climb northward, partly through heath to reach waypt '33' Then veer east again to reach a small outcrop with good views of Mount Dale 14kms to the west. Walk approximately along slope to reach another small outcrop at '35'. Cross a dryandra-covered ridge at waypt '36' and descend initially mainly through fairly open dryandra scrub and then marri-jarrah forest to reach Yarra Road at waypt. '37'. Follow Yarra Road southward for about 250m to get 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 446626 6447494 Park car. Walk SSW down side road.
1 446527 6447162 Veer SSE from dirt road, commence off-track.
2 446784 6446549 Reach top of small ridge.
3 447043 6446483 Still on small ridge, begin descent to ESE.
4 447176 6446360
5 447863 6446185 Cross Yarra Road.
6 448072 6446100 Veer ENE on broad valley floor.
7 448355 6446259 Still on broad valley floor.
8 448847 6446224 Cross water course and veer to NE.
9 449112 6446490 Cross old dirt road (Lightning Road).
10 449555 6446922 Veer north along gentle ridge.
11 449541 6447258 Begin descent from ridge.
12 449678 6447715 Begin gentle climb.
GDROK 449576 6447964 Reach rock outcrop
14 449440 6447875 On ridge.
15 448527 6448062 Within gentle valley.
16 447769 6448629 Good views to north through wandoo trees.
GDVURK 447715 6448831 On rock outcrop. Broad views across Darkin valley.
17 447635 6449110 Bottom of rock outcrop.
18 447101 6449116 In small valley. Begin climb to ridge.
19 446888 6449281 On ridge. Nearby large wandoo trees.
20 446804 6449187 Veer off ridge toward WNW.
21 446315 6449423 Cross Yarra Road again.
22 445578 6449291 Descending from ridge.
23 445532 6449172
24 445401 6449112 Cross stream gully.
25 445150 6449208 On NW-sloping ridge.
GULLY 445015 6448965 Stream gully.
27 444869 6448657 In larger stream gully.
28 444584 6448719 On rock outcrop.
29 444621 6448251
SMLRK 444791 6448118 On very small rock outcrop.
31 444835 6447967 Veer eastward to begin descending.
32 445284 6448034 Cross stream gully. Veer northward.
33 445337 6448413 On hillside. Veer eastward.
GTVURK 445476 6448398 Reach small outcrop with view to Mt. Dale.
35 445668 6448316 Small outcrop. Veer approx. south.
36 445681 6448218 In dryandra scrub. Veer ESE.
37 446515 6447711 Reach Yarra Road. Follow road southward.
END 446618 6447469 End walk back at car.
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