Dryandra Walk (Walk #32)

 

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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,

Dryandra, Oct. 2003.

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         Route profile

 

                                    

 Walk description  
Location :

164 kms SE of Perth. 

Length :

Main walk 22 field kms (45% off-track).

Also, existing trails:

Loy Gray 12.5 kms;  Wandoo  3.5 kms.

Degree of difficulty :

MEDIUM   (What does this mean?)

Amount of uphill walking : 330m (cumulative ascent)
GPS-preferred :

YES

Access  :

See Google Map for start point on road map.

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Down Albany Hwy to North Bannister (94 kms from Perth), then about 68 kms along North Bannister-Wandering and Wandering-Narrogin Roads to reach turnoff on right  to Dryandra Village, located approx. 2 kms along a dirt road.

Escape route/s :

Via Tomingley Road (dirt road through middle of walk area) and/or several other vehicle tracks to York-Williams Road in west or back to Dryandra Village in east.

Main features

/Highlights:

Dryandra is one of Western Australia's premier conservation areas and a very special place to visit. In springtime its magnificent wandoo woodlands and wildflowers are at their best and the area is a prime place for spotting bird life (over 100 species) and native animals (including the State's animal emblem, the numbat, a small striped marsupial which you may be lucky enough to spot during the day). Allow 6 hours for this walk assuming  a reasonable pace. The terrain is mainly quite gentle but the route crosses several laterite 'breakaways' / rocky escarpments and occasional (usually dry) stream gullies.

The off-track sections are mainly through open woodland. Occasionally the prolific Poison Bush (Gastrolobium microcarpum) or the tall straggly Golden Dryandra (Dryandra nobilis) form quite a dense understorey, but they can be easily bypassed by small diversions from the direct path.  The on-track sections include parts of the established and well marked Woylie Walk (5.5 kms return) and Ochre Trail (5 kms return) maintained by DEC.

The Woylie Walk was selected by DSR and DEC in late 2008 as one of about 30 bushwalking trails in WA that are to be promoted as TrailsWA "Top Trails". - The WalkGPS walk route includes two-thirds of the Woylie Walk.) I also recommend the Lol Gray Trail (12.5 kms return) and Wandoo Walk (1 km return) which are included on the walk map.  To include those last two walks, allow for a single night's stay at Dryandra so that upon arrival on the morning of Day 1 you can do both the Lol Gray and Wandoo walks, and then the main walk on Day 2. 

For overnighters: You could camp at the Congelin Campground, off the York-Williams Road, SW of the walk area, where you need to provide your own water. The facilities include toilets and barbecues. DEC camping fees apply (currently $7.00 per adult per night).

Alternatively you can stay overnight for as little as A$25 (per person) in one of the very well restored and self-contained, old foresters' cottages in the Village managed by the Lions Club (phone the Village Caretaker on 08 98845231 for accommodation information).

The cottage accommodation is ideal and central to the various walks and also to the excellent Barna Mia animal sanctuary tour run 4 nights per week by DEC (admission $13 adults; contact DEC's Narrogin office, ph. 08 98819200). The sanctuary tour is a special opportunity to see several of the threatened species of nocturnal native animals which are being brought back from the edge of extinction (including the bizarre Bilby,  the Burrowing Bettong or boodie, the Rufous Hare Wallaby or Wurrup, and others).

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:  Dwarda & Congelin 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series  (current) Sheet 2232-3 & 2232-2.

Dryandra 1:50,000 Sheet (Forests Department, 1978).

Other background references :

"Forests on Foot (40 walks in W.A.)" by Meney & Brown, 1985, pp.87-92 (Wescolour Press, Fremantle).  The walk on this page captures some sections of the two-day walk originally well-described in that book.

Wikipedia-Dryandra Woodland  - A good article, including a useful additional reference list.

"Dryandra Woodland" - DEC's website summary.

"Woodland Wonderland" article by D. Mitchell & N.Higgs, in Landscope magazine (CALM), Vol.9, No.4, Winter 1994, pp.28-35.

"A Wonderful Woodland" article by A.Desmond & M.Boothey, in Landscope magazine (CALM), Vol.13, No.1, Spring 1997, pp.36-41.

"Exploring the Wheatbelt Woodlands" by Mike Bamford, 1995 (CALM), provides a good introduction to the flora and fauna of  remnant woodlands in the region.

For walks in other 'islands' of remnant bushland within the wheatbelt: See Boyagin Rock Walk and Lupton Conservation Park Walk on WalkGPS and also Wongan Hills (Mt Matilda  Walk Trail -see mud map).

"Travellers guide to the Parks & Reserves of Western Australia" by Simon Nevill, 2001, pp.106-112 (Simon Nevill Publications) includes a good summary and photos. 

For birdwatchers, see "Birdwatching around Narrogin" for a brief overview of this region plus contact details for Birdlife Western Australia.  Also Frank O'Connors website for a bird spotter's summary.

"Native Trees of Dryandra and Nearby Districts" by Ken Wallace, CALM, (undated).

"Dryandra Woodland Management Plan 1995-2005" by Dept. of Conservation and Land Management (CALM). This includes summaries of the flora & fauna, geology, history, park plans, etc.

"Woylie Walk" (5.5 kms) which partly overlaps with this walk is now summarised on the  Trails WA website as one of the W.A. trails selected by DSR and DEC for promotion under the "TrailsWA Top Trails Project".

Route notes :

 

Head north up the road from the Start point at Dryandra Village and veer east to follow Gura Road uphill to reach waypt '2' after 1.7 km. Then turn left to follow (in reverse direction) the marked 'Woylie Walk' for almost 1 km SW until the track takes a left (SE) turn (at '2A'). Continue SSW off-track and downhill for a further 1 km to reach Tomingley Road at waypt '3' near a stream course. Follow the road westward for about 400m and turn left into Weirah Road and  locate the markers to the start and end of the 'Ochre Trail'  on the right and left hand side of the road respectively at approx 'OCHRE'.  Turn left off Weirah Road to waypt '5' and follow the Ochre Trail in reverse direction via waypoints '5' to '7', through delightful open woodlands, past an ancient aboriginal red ochre pit, and up a laterite breakaway, to reach a laterite plateau with views to farming pasture lands to the SE and finally to reach the Dryandra Firetower ('FIRETR'). Walk about 130m to waypt '10' south of the firetower on a continuation of Weirah Road (as Tower Road) to an intersection with a side track on the right. Head initially westward off-track from this intersection to descend a breakaway and cross dry stream gullies to  reach waypt '10A'.  Veer approx. SW and reach a N-S vehicle track (Baaluc Road) at '10B', about 1km from the firetower. Cross the road and continue approx. SW for 700m to '10C', initially ascending another breakaway and getting some further views to the SE, then veer WNW, and after 500m cross another vehicle track (Marri Road) at '11'. Continue WNW across gentle terrain for about 800m to '12' and then veer NW along the western edge of a breakaway until descending to cross a stream course and reach Tomingley Road ('TOM-RD') about 1 km after '12'.  This is about the Halfway Point on the walk.  Cross the road and veer NNW to skirt the flanks of a breakaway which rises to the NW. Near the top of the breakaway at waypt '14' veer NE to descend and cross gentle terrain until reaching another breakaway after about 700m. Climb the breakaway but skirt around the eastern side of the often thick Golden Dryandra shrubs covering the laterite plateau, to reach a small grouping of balgas (grass trees) at 'BALGA'.  Continue to '15' and then veer approx. east, descending/ascending a series of breakaways to eventually reach at 'MARRI' (1.6km from '15') the signposted T-intersection of a N-S vehicle track (Marri Road) with an eastward vehicle track (Newell Road). Follow Newell Road ENE for about 2.5 kms veering NE at '17' at the T-intersection with a side track. At '17A' turn right to leave Newell Road to initially follow an old overgrown logging track, but soon veer left off that track to head approx. eastward   to reach waypt '2' again on Gura Road after about 1km. Cross Gura Road at this point to continue ESE by following the marked Woylie Walk via waypoints '18' and '19' to pass  through a sheoak thicket (Allocasuarina sp.).  The Trail then turns southward to re-cross Gura Road and climbs through brown mallet plantations (via '19A', '19B'), then descends southward (via '20' and '21') to cross Tomingley Road at '22'. Continue on the Woylie Trail via '23' to reach the Old Mill Dam location (where there are interesting CALM information displays).  Then return to the Village and Start point via waypt '24', either by taking a short route across the paddock west of the village cottages, or by following Tomingley Road east from the Old Mill Dam site.

 

 

 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       497163  6372841   Start from Dryandra Village.

1           497040  6373310   On Gura Road.

1A          496817  6373509   On Gura Road.  

1B          496128  6373547   On Gura Road.

2           495984  6373746   On Gura Road, turn left onto Woylie Trail.

2A          495401  6372993   Leave Woylie Trail to start off-track.

KNOL        495314  6372280   On small laterite knoll.

3           495210  6372078   Meet Tomingley Road.

OCHRE       494800  6371926   Ochre Trail start and end at Weirah Road.

5           494842  6371896   On Ochre Trail.

6           494880  6371532   On Ochre Trail.   

7           494985  6371024   On Ochre Trail.

8           494596  6371151   On Ochre Trail.

FIRETR      494283  6370737   Dryandra Firetower.

10          494239  6370603   On continuation of Weirah Rd, meets side road.

10A         493835  6370631   Off-track.

10B         493155  6370284   Cross minor dirt road (Baaluc Road).

10C         492478  6370029   Off-track.

11          492026  6370186   Cross minor dirt road.

12          491211  6370448   Off-track.

TOM-RD      490700  6371290   Cross Tomingley Road (dirt road).

14          490621  6371634   Off-track, near top of a laterite breakaway.

BALGA       491153  6372443   Small group of grass trees near a breakaway.

15          491221  6372687   Off-track.   

MARRI       492852  6372806   Cross Marri Road to follow Newell Road(dirt).

17          494353  6373247   Pass side road to right off Newell Road.

17A         494928  6373945   Leave Newell Road to resume off-track.

2           495984  6373746   Cross Gura Road to follow Woylie Trail section.

18          496259  6373742   On Woylie Trail.

19          496652  6373611   On Woylie Trail.

19A         496597  6373332   On Woylie Trail.

19B         496419  6373395   On Woylie Trail.

20          496115  6373268   On Woylie Trail.

21          496326  6372938   On Woylie Trail.

22          496364  6372515   Woylie Trail crosses Tomingley Road.

23          496710  6372337   Meet track to Old Mill Dam site.

24          497213  6372646   Back on road into Village.

END         497163  6372841   Back at Start point. 

Additional waypoints on map :

Lol Gray Trail (12.5 kms, follow CALM trail markers from opposite the Village) :

28A         497315  6373200   

28B         497932  6373141

29          498253  6373446

30          498553  6373471

31          499623  6373493

31A         499770  6373484

32          500569  6373273

33          500632  6373370

34          500751  6373379

35          501094  6373972

36          501517  6374522

38          500633  6374602

39          500426  6374331

40          499821  6373687

41          499504  6373421

42          499026  6372655

43          498384  6372646

45          497678  6372620

47          497268  6372709

Wandoo Trail (3.5 kms, follow CALM trail markers from Old Mill Dam site) : 

48          496833  6372256

49          497002  6372261

50          497783  6371837

51          497783  6371702

52          497487  6371592

54          497065  6371829

 

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