Julimar Walk (Walk #26)
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The Julimar 'Anthill', a small laterite butte
west of Julimar Brook, May 2004.
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84 kms NE of Perth (road distance).
14.5 field kms (90% off-track).
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340m (cumulative ascent)
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Great Eastern Hwy and bypass, then Roe Hwy, then along Great Northern Highway to about 6.5 kms past Bullsbrook, then turn right into Wandena Rd, then right again to follow Muchea East Rd. Then continue on Chittering Rd and turn right to follow Julimar Rd (good sealed road) for about 12.5 kms. Pass Plunkett Rd on right and after about 1.2 kms reach minor Heine Rd dirt road turn-off on left. Turn into Heine Rd, then immediately left again to park at the Start point in a cleared area close to the corner with Julimar Rd.
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To Heine Road (dirt road) in west (then south to Julimar Rd), or east to N-S dirt road (e.g. to waypoint '50', then south to W-E fenceline, then west to cross Julimar Brook, the south along farmland perimeter road to Julimar Rd), or in central area, follow Julimar Brook valley south to the farmland perimeter road.
This walk is within the Julimar Conservation Park, a 28,000 hectare 'island' of forest surrounded by farmland, located about 10 kms NE of Avon Valley National Park and east of Bindoon township. Almost half the park was farmed early last century, but the farms were mainly abandoned in the Depression of the 1930s and later became State forest. The area was then logged for timber until about 1970. The Park is now an important reserve for native fauna conservation. Animals re-introduced to Julimar by CALM (now DEC) under the Western Shield programme since 1992 include the chuditch (western quoll), quenda (southern brown bandicoot), woylies (bettongs), and tammar wallaby.
Despite the Park's history, there are still extensive well-established, picturesque wandoo woodlands (often with balgas as an understorey) in the valleys and on the slopes around Julimar Brook, and mixed jarrah-wandoo forest (and dryandra) on the surrounding laterite plateaus. (BUT SEE UPDATE BELOW.)
The walk route crosses Julimar Brook (twice) and a few other side gullies, and also skirts the upper slopes around the edges of the bordering laterite plateaus, mainly avoiding the highest ground where, prior to the Jan. 2007 fire, there were frequent thickets of prickly dryandra. The slopes along the route are generally not steep (except locally at a few gully crossings) but they are often pebbly (beware sprained ankles!). There are some views of surrounding forest from the slopes above Julimar Brook, including from "The Crag". The small laterite-capped butte (here called the "Julimar Anthill"), almost hidden by the surrounding forest (until the fires of early 2007), appears as a pleasantly surprising visual anomaly as you approach.
The forest is mainly very open and allows for easy walking. There are some very short sections of scratchy heath but animal tracks usually provide easy paths through.
Note: Despite its Conservation Park status, parts of this area and other wandoo woodland areas have become increasingly popular with trail bike and quad bike riders. Their uncontrolled off-road activities are creating many new deeply rutted 'trails' through the Park. Hopefully the riders will be encouraged by DEC (and via The State Trail Bike Strategy of Dec. 2007 and the Recreational Trailbike Riders Association of WA (RTRA)) to find more appropriate legal areas for riding before too much more damage is done here.
IMPACT OF THE 2007 BUSHFIRE:
The walk summary on this page was prepared prior to the wildfire of late January 2007 (started by lightning strikes)which severely impacted on this area. By winter 2011 there was much regrowth and the emergence of abundant wandoo saplings, but it will likely be years before the walking experience here is again enjoyable for most walkers (except perhaps in the peak wildflower season):
The fire had a devastating impact on the forest across almost the entire walk route - though thankfully for the Western Shield programme only around 15% of the total Park area was affected. Many of the larger mature wandoos lost their crowns (or were lost altogether) and the previous varied understorey/groundcover vegetation was temporarily destroyed leaving a monotonous bare pebbly surface, broken only by the ever-resilient balgas and zamia palms. The trunks of the surviving wandoo trees shed their burnt bark during the first autumn after the fire, but initial vigorous regrowth has been slowed by successive years of low rainfall. New vegetation has emerged from the bare forest floor (among the first being the orchids) but the forest scenery has lost much of the 'warmth' of typical mature wandoo woodland.
If you are very keen to see a forest during the amazing process of recovery and renewal after a wild bushfire, this is certainly the walk for you, but BE WARNED that most walkers keen on 'wanders in wandoo woodlands' will now be greatly disappointed with this area and will prefer the alternative walks in the Wandoo National Park and elsewhere. (Go to 'Search page' and/or 'Bushwalks' to search for other wandoo walks on WalkGPS.)
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: Chittering & Dewars Pool 1:50,000 DEC Conservation Operations Graphic (COG) map series (current) Sheet 2135-3 & 2135-2;
or Julimar 1:50,000, National Map Ref. 2135-II, 2135-III, Pt. 2134-I, Pt. 2134-IV (CALM, 1986).
Other background references :
"Julimar Conservation Park" leaflet by CALM (undated). This includes a brief 'overview' of the park including a summary of the flora and fauna.
"Julimar: turning full circle" article in Landscope magazine (CALM), Winter 2006.
"Forests on Foot (40 walks in W.A.)" by Meney & Brown, 1985, pp.107-109 (Wescolour Press, Fremantle). Describes a 16 km circuit which follows Julimar Brook north to Cooks Rd and then about 10 kms of dirt roads. Includes good descriptions of the vegetation.
Route notes :
Head north along Heine Road from the Start point, initially crossing a stream gully and then climbing to a dryandra-covered laterite plateau. After about 1.2 kms the road starts to descend through open woodland. Veer NE off-track at waypoint '2' to cross a gully and soon cross a larger incised stream course (at '3'). Continue NE gently uphill and along slope, initially through low shrubland close to the stream and then through more open forest. Veer NNE at '4' and cross a gully before climbing through more shrubland (following animal tracks where possible) to reach a small granite outcrop (at 'ROKVU') with a view south. Head almost north uphill into very open wandoo woodland and then into mixed wandoo-jarrah woodland on the edge of the laterite plateau (at '5'). Continue to follow the edge of the plateau (via '6') and then descend along a small ridge, northward to '7' and then NE to soon reach a small laterite outcrop among the wandoo trees (at 'LATRK'). This is a very pleasant spot for an early rest stop. Continue approx. NE to cross the nearby stream gully (at '8') and then head approx. ENE down the ridge, passing through a short patch of dryandra shrubland, then back into open woodland. Soon cross a stream gully, and then another at '9'. Then veer NE to climb a ridge (via '9-A') to reach the forested hill top at '10'. There are limited views from here SE across Julimar valley toward the route followed later in the walk. Then veer east for less than 100m to cross a small saddle to reach the small laterite-capped butte (the "Julimar Anthill"). Then head NE downhill to cross a side gully (at '11') and then the incised stream course of Julimar Brook (at '12') which is flanked by quite a narrow but fairly dense belt of shrubs. Continue NE, now uphill, to reach a very small granite outcrop on a gentle ridge (at 'RK'), then veer east to cross a dirt road (at 'RD'). Then continue NE on the ridge to '13', then veer ESE to climb to a local plateau. Cross this through fairly open dryandra and jarrah to '14', then veer south to cross a gully and then through another short section of dryandra on the ridge at '15'. Then follow the pebbly slope approx. SE around the edge of the plateau, through mainly open woodland, also passing some patches of a prickly Hakea sp. (probably undulata) around stream gullies. (Keep fairly high up the slope to avoid having to cross the gullies downslope where they become more deeply incised and more difficult to cross.) Veer SW at '16', near the head of a gully, to continue along the slope. (This is approximately the halfway point on the walk.) Cross a road at 'RD2'and continue SW to '17', and then SE to '18', skirting around the edge of the dryandra shrubland which covers the higher ground. At '18' veer east to cross a side gully, then veer SE at '19' to cross a larger gully. At '20' veer south to follow the east edge of a side gully for about 100m to a low granite wall which crosses the gully (at 'FALLS'). This wall probably results in a small waterfall after good winter rains. (If at this point in the walk if you would prefer all on-track walking from here on, you can head east from the 'FALLS' for about 500m to the dirt road at waypt. '50', then south to '51', then west via '52' and '53', and finally south to '54' to reach Julimar Road about 750m east of the Start point.)
To continue with the off-track route, cross the gully via the top of the 'wall' and head west along the north-sloping hillside. At '20A' veer SW to continue along slope to another gully crossing (at 'CSG'). Then veer NW, cross a road (at 'RD4') and cross a gully at '20B'. Then veer east to cross a very gentle ridge and then a gully at '21'. Veer NW along the slope to the crest of a ridge (at ''RKLAT') at the northern end of a laterite plateau. This is a good spot for a rest and has a view NW through the trees back across the Julimar valley and across part of the route already walked. Then veer approx. SW to follow the slope (via '23') below the edge of the laterite plateau, gaining more views across the valley. Veer west at '24' to continue along the slope, cross a ridge at '25', then veer SW again and gently downslope for less than 100m to reach a small rocky promontory (the 'CRAG'). This offers excellent sweeping views across the Julimar valley. Then follow the slope of the hillside approx. SE. At '25-A', veer SW and soon begin a fairly gentle descent (initially through some heath and low shrubland) to cross Julimar Brook at '26'. Continue approx. SW to cross a gentle ridge (at '27') and then a side gully. At '28' head approx. SSW upslope, cross the eastern edge of the laterite plateau, then descend to cross the gully near the Start point. At '29' veer west, then turn left at '30' on Heine Road to get back to the Start point, less than 100m along the road.
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 428432 6515080 Close to corner of Julimar Rd and Heine Rd.
2 428300 6516293 On Heine Rd (dirt road).
3 428580 6516492 Cross stream gully.
4 428899 6516770 In forest on gentle slope.
ROKVU 428989 6517012 Small outcrop with view south across valley.
5 429065 6517668 In open forest on laterite plateau.
6 429116 6517834 In open forest on laterite plateau.
7 429095 6517978 On small, NE-sloping ridge.
LATRK 429162 6518062 Outcrop of laterite rock on small ridge.
8 429269 6518121 Cross steep-sided stream gully.
9 429872 6518322 Cross stream gully.
9-A 430054 6518568 On ridge, climbing to NNE.
10 430105 6518729 In forest near local summit.
ANTHIL 430183 6518722 Summit of small laterite-capped hill (butte).
11 430483 6518859 Cross small stream gully.
12 430585 6518892 Cross incised Julimar Brook stream course.
RK 430767 6518951 Small granite outcrop and boulders.
RD 430833 6518923 Cross dirt road.
13 431090 6519064 On ridge in open forest.
14 431383 6518969 Near edge of laterite plateau.
15 431396 6518791 On edge of laterite plateau (in dryandra).
16 431821 6518526 Cross stream gully on slope below plateau.
RD2 431655 6518278 Cross dirt road.
17 431574 6518154 In woodland at edge of dryandra thicket.
18 431710 6518001 On NE side of a stream gully.
19 432037 6517983 On north side of a stream gully.
20 432131 6517868 On east side of small gully.
FALLS 432093 6517782 Cross gully via rock wall (waterfall in spring?)
20A 431948 6517805 In forest on gentle north slope.
CSG 431756 6517616 Cross gully.
RD4 431570 6517709 Cross dirt road.
20B 431502 6517764 Cross gully.
21 431090 6517813 Cross gully.
RKLAT 430903 6518084 Small laterite outcrop. View NW.
23 430746 6517988 On slope near edge of laterite plateau.
24 430534 6517739 On slope near edge of laterite plateau.
25 430182 6517710 On ridge near edge of laterite plateau.
25-A 430275 6517354 Near gully and small granite outcrop.
26 429774 6516978 Cross incised Julimar Brook stream course.
27 429544 6516606 On gentle SE-sloping spur ridge.
28 429111 6516396 On gentle slope, rising to SW.
29 428550 6515164 On south side of stream gully.
30 428440 6515169 Meet Heine Road.
END 428432 6515080 Back at Start point.
Additional Waypoints on map :
CRAG 430122 6517658 Small bluff 80m SW of'25', good views.
VU-RK 429563 6517686 On outcrop, good view to The Crag.
LILGRG 429459 6517311 Small, rocky gorge-like, stream gully.
50 432568 6517802 On N-S dirt road in E, 500mE of 'FALLS' waypt.
51 432626 6516161 Dirt road T-junction to SE.
52 431380 6516158 Dirt road T-junction in south.
53 429466 6516167 Park boundary road crosses Julimar Bk. in sth.
54 429155 6515199 Park boundary road meets Julimar Road in sth.
55 431060 6520686 Cooks Road crosses Julimar Brook in nth.
56 432373 6520570 Cooks Road and N-S road junction in NE.
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