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View SW through wandoo trees
toward Perth, July 2003.
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Using this map.
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26kms east of Perth, off Great Eastern Highway.
15 kms (all on-track)
|Degree of difficulty :||
EASY (What does this mean?)
(but not in hot weather! -As with all walks on this site, this is best done in the cooler months.)
|Amount of uphill walking :||350m (cumulative ascent)|
See Google Map for start point on road map.
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Turn left into John Forrest National Park off Great Eastern Hwy and follow the sealed road to the main carpark/picnic area. Park admission fee per car is $11.00.
Walkers should register at the Ranger's office both prior to commencing the walk and on return.
|Escape route/s :||
In north, follow dirt vehicle tracks to Toodyay Road. In south, return to main carpark.
|Main features /Highlights:||
This established trail is within the popular John Forrest National Park which is also included in the Darling Range Regional Park system. It was constructed by the Perth Bushwalkers during 1993-98. It gives access to the less known northern area of the Park as well as the familiar Jane Brook area, including the National Park Falls and Hovea Falls. The walk covers varied terrain (including moderately steep in places), partly along stream valleys and partly along the top of the Darling Scarp, past granite tors, and across laterite plateaus. There are impressive views across the Swan Coastal Plain to distant Perth and across the stream valleys. The track also passes through varied vegetation types, including heathlands, open wandoo woodlands and mixed jarrah-marri-wandoo forest.
Sections of this trail (about one-third of the walk length) are also incorporated into the Northern John Forrest Nat, Park Walk (Walk # 4a on this site) which also provides for some off-track heathland and forest walking.
Eagle's View Walk Trail 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".
Note: Some of the streamsides in the Park, especially along Jane Brook, are severely infested with the introduced pink- to red-flowering weed, Watsonia, which chokes out the native heathland. Efforts by dedicated individuals and community groups to locally control the weed elsewhere along the Darling Scarp, and at Piesse Brook, appear to have had some local success, so there may be some hope here also!
Bushfire impact: A fire on 3 Nov. 2010 burned 567 ha of forest within a 15km perimeter in the northern area of the National Park and affected much of the northern half of the walk (see map). An earlier 'controlled burn' covering 157 ha was also carried out in the eastern area of the Park in May 2010 and likely helped limit the spread of the later wildfire. 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: Mundaring 1:50,000 Sheet (Dept. of CALM, 1990).
Mundaring 1:25,000 2134-III, NW & SW sheets (Dept. of Lands & Survey, 1983; Series R811) -available on DVD.
Maps of the trail may also be available from the Park Ranger's office near the main picnic area.
Note: Mundaring & Chidlow 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2134-3 & 2134-2, is too 'busy' across the Park area to be useful for this walk.
|Other background references :||
"Eagle View Walk Trail" - DEC's website summary.
"Swan Valley and Perth Hills Trails Discovery Guide", Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council ('EMRC'). 2005. - This is an excellent booklet summarising 41 mainly short on-track walks in Shires of Kalamunda and Mundaring and City of Swan. It has been withdrawn from public sale but a copy can be viewed at the State Library of WA (book Call Ref. # 919.411 SWA).
The booklet includes maps and notes for the Eagle View Walk trail (p.50 & 53) and also the John Forrest Heritage Trail (pp.50-51; 10 km return walk on the old Eastern Railway Line through this area) which also forms part of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail.
Family Walks in Perth Outdoors, CALM, rev. edn. 2000, pp.22-24, also includes a mud map and description for the John Forrest Heritage Trail.
"John Forrest National Park: A Place of Beauty" article by George Duxbury, in Landscope magazine (CALM), Vol.11, No.4, Winter 1996, pp.16-21.
"Travellers guide to the Parks & Reserves of Western Australia" by Simon Nevill, 2001, pp.44-45 (Simon Nevill Publications), includes a summary of the Park.
"John Forrest National Park Management Plan" by former Dept. of Conservation and Land Management (CALM), Aug.1994. -This also includes summaries of the flora & fauna, geology, history, future park plans, etc.
Trivia: "The West Australian" newspaper included a short piece on this walk on 29 Dec. 2004 (on p. 6 of "Health & Medicine" supplement), including reference to this web page. -The article recommended the walk as a good way to "wear off the Christmas lunch", but it should also have cautioned not to attempt it on a typical, hot summer's day. - Wait for cooler weather (i.e. when max. temp. less than 25ºC).
Route notes :
Most key turning points on the track are indicated by yellow eagle emblem markers and provided you have a map in hand, GPS navigation is certainly not required.
After crossing from the Start point to the north side of Jane Brook, follow the track west (in downstream direction). Make a short diversion to National Park Falls at waypt '8' but rejoin the track at '9' to stay on the north side of the Brook. After waypt '12' the track rises quite steeply to reach the top of the Darling Scarp between waypoints '13'-'15' where there are excellent views across the coastal plain to Perth. Follow the track northward and meet a brief section of vehicle track before reaching waypt '18'. The track then climbs to a ridge and then turns eastward at waypt '21' to follow Christmas Tree valley upstream away from the Scarp through heathlands and past granite tors. Meet a vehicle track at waypt '25'. Turn left to follow it northward, initially crossing the Creek and passing small rapids hidden just to the right (east) of the track (see waypt 'RAPIDS'). When the vehicle track meets the old W-E park boundary vehicle track (at 'ALT1'), the track continues north as a foot-track and begins rising away from Christmas Tree Creek through open wandoo woodlands. (NOTE: For a shorter walk, you can turn right at 'ALT1' to follow the vehicle track eastward to rejoin the track at about 'ALT2', reducing the total walk by about 3 kms, but missing a very pleasant section). After waypt '26A' the track rises more steeply across the laterite ' breakaway' slope to reach a laterite plateau and jarrah forest by waypt '28'. The track continues along the edge of the plateau/valley rim and provides some excellent views across this secluded northern valley. Turn right (eastward) onto a vehicle track at waypt '31' and then descend southward to cross a tributary of Christmas Tree Creek at waypt '35'. Cross another sidestream at waypt '36' and then immediately cross the intersecting vehicle track on the south side of the stream to locate the foot-track which rises quite steeply SW through very picturesque open wandoo woodland to reach another laterite plateau and waypt '38'. At this point there are good views across the valley and Scarp toward Perth. Veer SE to follow the track along the edge of the plateau. Cross the old park boundary track ('ALT2') and follow a vehicle track to a T-intersection at waypt '41'. Turn right and follow the vehicle track SW. At waypt '46' locate a sidetrack for a short diversion to visit Hovea Falls at '46A'. Rejoin the vehicle track and follow it via waypt '47' to reach a picnic area on the north side of Jane Brook. Cross the Brook via the small weir to get back to the carpark and 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 414001 6471948 Main carpark.
5 414016 6472164 On track on north side of Jane Brook.
6 413827 6472327
7 413470 6472290
8 413090 6472150 Top of National Park Falls.
9 413123 6472197 Rejoin main track.
10 412731 6472320
11 412574 6472657
12 412223 6472526 Begin uphill climb.
13 412073 6472643
14 411980 6472642
15 411919 6472701 View west to Perth.
16 411981 6472871
17 412110 6473101
18 411996 6473388
19 412042 6473423
20 412001 6473630
21 412122 6473809
22 412327 6473710
23 412553 6473674
24 412657 6473467
25 412891 6473487 Foot-track joins dirt vehicle track.
26 413082 6474472
26A 413243 6474919
27 413225 6475271
28 413058 6475426 Reach laterite plateau about here.
29 413051 6475663
30 413193 6475809
31 413255 6475966 Foot-track meets vehicle track.
32 413464 6475905
33 413698 6475878
34 413910 6475918
35 413898 6475524 Cross tributary of Christmas Tree Creek.
36 414027 6475360
37 413796 6475137 On steepish climb.
38 413795 6474883 Reach laterite plateau. Views to Perth.
39 414351 6474617
40 414820 6474432
41 415305 6474035 T-intersection between 2 vehicle tracks.
42 415108 6473859
43 414678 6473193
44 414688 6473066
45 414430 6472694
46 414616 6472357 Sidetrack to Hovea Falls.
46A 414718 6472375 Hovea Falls.
46 414616 6472357 Sidetrack rejoins vehicle track.
47 414324 6471989
END 414001 6471948 Back at Start point in carpark.
Additional waypoints on map :
RAPIDS 412936 6473593 Small rapids on Christmas Tree Creek.
72 414393 6475258 On vehicle track east of waypt 36.
71 415083 6474473 On same vehicle track as waypt 71.
ALT1 413030 6474213 Route intersects old park boundary road.
ALT2 415069 6474227 Old park boundary road meets route.
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