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View from laterite breakaway to farmland
near eastern park boundary, August 2004.
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95 kms SE of Perth.
14.5 field kms (92% off-track)
(or can be shortened to approx. 13 kms by simple variation (a short-cut from waypoint '14' to 'RK2', bypassing a section in the SE).
|Degree of difficulty :||
EASY - MEDIUM (What does this mean?)
|Amount of uphill walking :||310m (cumulative ascent)|
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Follow Brookton Highway for about 80 kms from Albany Hwy, then turn off at Pike Rd (gravel/dirt road on right, about 3 kms past Beverley Westdale Rd turnoff), then follow Pike Rd for 7.5 kms to Start point (near Park sign at corner of Park perimeter vehicle track on left and just past "Ballardon" homestead access road on right). Park near Start point, but don't block Park perimeter track. There are no facilities. For an alternative Start point with more space for cars, continue for about 4.5 kms further on Pike Rd to 'ALT-ST' close to the SE corner of the Park near a road T-junction. Another alternative Start point is at the junction of Pike Rd with a side road at about 'AL-ST2' on the western Park boundary.
|Escape route/s :||
The walk route is never more than 1 km from either Pike Rd (in the west, SE and south, or the Park boundary road (dirt vehicle track) to the north and east (see map). There are no vehicle tracks through the central area of the Park.
This walk is within the very small Boyagarring Conservation Park (area 1209 ha, declared in 1991). Similar to the nearby Lupton Conservation Park (less than 10 kms SE), the Boyagin Nature Reserve (about 30 kms ESE) and Dryandra Woodland (about 60 kms southeast), this is another 'island' of remnant bushland within the wheatbelt east of the Darling Range. In the case of Boyagarring Park, only a very narrow fairway of wheatbelt farmland along Gibb Gully separates the Park from the extensive State Forest areas of the Darling Range to the west.
Like Lupton Park, Boyagarring Park is not well known and is much less visited than Boyagin and Dryandra. The Park covers an area only about 3 kms wide by 4 kms long, but the slopes and gullies along the laterite breakaways surrounding the small central 'plateau' area of Boyagarring Hill provide for some very enjoyable, mostly easy off-track walking through mainly open, picturesque wandoo woodlands. There are some pleasant views to the surrounding farmland and across forest from the breakaways and from a granite outcrop in the east.
Patches of quite thick shrubland (mainly 'Pingle' Dryandra squarrosa) cover some of the slopes, but are mainly avoided by this walk route.
Shorter walk option: The route can be easily adjusted to give a slightly shortened walk of approx. 13 kms, bypassing the SE section by taking a short cut almost directly from waypoint '14' to 'RK2' via waypoints '52' and '53'.
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: Luptons & Youraling 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2233-3 & 2233-2;
or Luptons 1:50,000 Sheet 2233-III (DOLA, 1992).
|Other background references :||
"Exploring Wheatbelt Woodlands" by Mike Bamford, 1995 (CALM), provides a good introduction to the flora and fauna of remnant woodlands in the region.
Route notes :
Head approx. eastward up the Park boundary track from the Start point near the Park sign. The track climbs uphill through wandoo woodland via waypoints '2' and '3'. When the track veers left (north) soon after '3', continue eastward off-track across a broad ridge and into mainly fairly open 'Parrot Bush' shrubland (Dryandra sessilis) and light forest. At '4' veer SE and soon descend to cross a small gully. Then veer eastward again (at '5') and soon pass through low shrubs around a dry stream course on the gentle valley floor. At '6', near another small gully, veer NE to cross a small, low ridge and soon climb to a higher ridge at '7'. Then veer east, partly though denser shrubland, to soon reach a rocky laterite breakaway at about '8' from where there are good views to nearby farmland to the north. Walk ESE through the open wandoo woodland along the slope below the breakaway and in places partly through the shrubland/light forest above. At '9' head downslope and eastward to '9A', then veer SE and intially along slope before descending to cross a dry stream course at '9B'. then climb gently through open woodland before descending a little to cross another dry stream course at '10'. Continue SSE gently uphill to soon reach (at '10A') the eastern breakaway edge of a narrow laterite ridge with views east through the open wandoo woodland to wheatbelt farmland. Turn right to follow the ridge gently uphill to the SSW. At '11' turn right again to follow a kangaroo trail WNW across the head of a small rocky gully to reach a broad, flat granite outcrop at 'ROK'. (The outcrop rises very gently uphill to the SW and also continues along slope to the WNW.) Continue WNW along the outcrop for only about 100m, getting quite a good view northward over the woodland down the valley. This location is at about one-third of the total walk distance and is a pleasant spot for a rest stop. At 'ROK4' veer left (WSW) and climb uphill through shrubland to reach wandoo woodland again on the ridge top at '12'. Turn sharp left to head SE gently downhill along the ridge, and through some fairly open dryandra shrubland to reach (after about 400m) the edge of the laterite plateau. Continue SE, to descend the uppermost rocky part of the breakaway slope, then follow the slope to reach the edge of a gully at '13'. Turn right (SW) to follow the north slope of the gully, then soon (at '14') turn left (SE) again to cross the gully and walk along slope to '15'. [Alternatively at '14', if you prefer the shortened 13 km walk, continue SW up the gully through open woodland to reach the crest of the ridge and the edge of an area of quite thick Parrot Bush and Pingle at '52'. Then head WSW, following kangaroo trails and gaps in the denser shrubland to reach '53'. Then veer SW to soon leave the shrubland and re-enter open mixed forest, heading gently down the valley to reach 'RK2'. Then proceed from that point as described below.] Then veer approx. SSE, skirting patches of thicker shrubland if necessary. Soon reach an open slope covered in quite thick, medium heath, with views to nearby farmland. Follow a kangaroo trail near the upper edge of the heathland and soon descend to reach the Park boundary track (a dirt road) at '15A'). Follow the vehicle track southward for only about 200m to '16' then veer off-track to head SW through fairly open mixed wandoo-jarrah forest. Cross the crest of a broad, low ridge at about '16A', then veer WSW and very gently downhill to '16B'. Then head westward approx. along slope to '17'. Then veer ENE to soon climb gently uphill to a ridge at '17A'. Find a easy way through the patchy shrubland on the ridge then veer NW to walk downslope through woodland and reach a thicket of sheoaks flanking a stream gully. Pick an easy route through the fairly dense thicket to reach a small granite outcrop at 'RK2' marked with a very small cairn. Cross the stream course at the edge of the outcrop and head approx. westward to climb quite steeply up the slope. Veer NW at '18' to reach the laterite 'plateau' at the top of the breakaway. Continue NW across the plateau through relatively open jarrah forest and patches of dryandra (parrot bush). Cross the plateau margin again at about '19' then continue NW along the upper slope of the breakaway and cross a small gully before climbing to a narrow rocky laterite promontory at '20'. Then veer right (NE) along the ridge a short distance (less than 50m), gaining good views westward across Gibb Gully to the nearby State Forest area. Reach a nearby stream course (at '21') in a gully just north of the laterite ridge. This location is at about two -thirds of the total walk distance and is a good spot for a second rest stop. Head NW from the stream, initially following an easy kangaroo trail through patchy shrubland and mainly open forest, skirting some small granite outcrops and boulders. At '22' veer westward, and along slope, staying below the breakaway upslope as the higher ground in this area is quite densely covered in 'Pingle' (Dryandra squarrosa) which is best avoided. At '23' veer NNW and walk along slope before crossing a dry stream course and climbing to a low ridge where you meet a narrow, well defined track (at 'TRK'). Turn right to follow the track initially NE up the ridge to '23A'. Continue northward on the track as it climbs gently uphill through fairly dense Pingle shrubland. At about '23B' veer right (NE) to leave the track and continue up a broad ridge, picking a route through the shrubland. Veer ENE at '24'. The slope flattens before you reach the approx. hilltop at '25'. Continue ENE, descending a small breakaway slope to soon reach a small flat open area at '26' over shallow granite surrounded by heathland. Head briefly north (left) to '27', then veer WNW (left again) to locate and follow a kangaroo trail which runs along slope on the downhill side of a few large granite boulders or outcrops. At '28' turn right to head NNE downhill through woodland to reach (at '29') the west side of an incised stream gully. Head approx. north via '30', crossing another side gully. Continue gently downhill to '31' then veer NW and descend gently across the slope to '32'. (At this point the route briefly meets the early section of the walk at waypt '5'.) Veer left (approx. west) to soon cross a gully, then climb to the laterite hilltop through mainly open woodland to '33'. Then veer WNW and downhill to meet the Park boundary road again at '34'. Follow the road downhill via '35' 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 458649 6417806 Start point on Pike Rd, near Park sign.
2 458843 6417721 On dirt road (Park perimeter road).
3 458970 6417838 On dirt road (Park perimeter road).
4 459263 6417862
5 459366 6417703 Near small gully.
6 459691 6417735 Near small gully.
7 459888 6418228 On broad ridge.
8 460084 6418237 On slope of laterite breakaway.
9 460476 6418050
9A 460689 6418088
9B 460939 6417864 Cross stream course (through low shrubland).
10 461207 6417364 Cross stream course (through low shrubland).
10A 461402 6416968 On east edge of laterite ridge (views east).
11 461302 6416745
ROK 461176 6416772 On broad, low granite outcrop.
RK4 461087 6416834 On outcrop.
12 460867 6416739 Near crest of ridge in open woodland.
13 461417 6416105 On slope below breakaway, near gully.
14 461356 6416032 On slope below breakaway, near gully.
15 461604 6415722
15A 461762 6415262 Meet eastern perimeter road.
16 461753 6415045 Leave park perimeter road.
16A 461566 6414773
16B 461175 6414616
17 460691 6414585
17A 460375 6414718 On crest of broad ridge.
RK2 460227 6415065 Small granite outcrop(& cairn)near stream course.
18 460022 6415029 On steep hillside below laterite breakaway.
19 459653 6415357 Near top of laterite breakaway.
20 459479 6415477 On narrow promontory of laterite breakaway.
21 459553 6415559 In broad gully, close to stream course.
22 459384 6415700 On slope, below breakaway.
23 459074 6415728
TRK 458850 6416274 Meet narrow track.
23A 458961 6416448 On narrow track through shrubland (Pingle).
23B 458941 6416639 On narrow track through shrubland (Pingle).
24 459197 6416831 Off-track, in shrubland and light forest.
25 459580 6416938 In light forest and shrubland, on broad hill-top.
26 459813 6417002 Small flat open area over shallow granite.
27 459808 6417053
28 459593 6417129 Near large granite boulders.
29 459658 6417232 On west side of gully.
30 459594 6417308 On west side of gully.
31 459622 6417432 On west side of gully.
32 459399 6417708
33 459103 6417671 On laterite hilltop, mainly open woodland.
34 458922 6417744 Meet dirt road (Park perimeter road).
35 458830 6417725 On dirt road (Park perimeter road).
END 458645 6417806 Back at Start point.
Additional Waypoints on map :
ALT-ST 461466 6414264 Alternate start point at SE corner of Park.
AL-ST2 458914 6415801 Possible alternate start point.
RK3 460057 6417473 Granite outcrop (approx. 150-200m long).
50 460195 6417376 Near upper edge of granite outcrop.
51 460625 6417436 On east side of gully.
52 461227 6415757 At edge of parrot bush shrubland on ridge.
53 460902 6415678 In quite thick shrubland (mainly Pingle).
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