Lane Poole Reserve (Murray River)  (Walk #31)

 

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5) Route profile

6) Walk description

7) Waypoint listing and grid references

 

 Walk map  Photo
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Pool on Murray River at Murray Campsite

 on Bibbulmun Track, Feb. 2005.

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             Route profile

 

                                    

 Walk description  
Location :

140 road kms south of Perth. 

Length :

23 field kms (5% off-track)

(or approx. 21 kms if short southern return section to visit Murray Campsite is bypassed).

Degree of difficulty :

MEDIUM   (What does this mean?)

Amount of uphill walking :

620m (cumulative ascent)

GPS-preferred :

PREFERABLE (to help locate a few turning points and river crossing points).

Access  :

See Google Map for start point on road map.

(Use zoom ladder for detail. Select 'Hybrid' to add satellite imagery.)

Kwinana Freeway south, then Mundijong Road east to South Western Highway. Follow Highway to North Dandalup, then take Dwellingup turnoff.  At Dwellingup township, turn left onto Pinjarra-Williams Road, and after 1 km turn right into Nanga Road, then after further 6.5 km (on bitumen) turn left at Entry Station (no entry fee) into Park Road. Pass Baden Powell Campground after 2 km (stop here to check the river level and flow over the waterspout, which will be a guide as to whether the river should be safely crossable upriver on the walk route).  Follow Park Road (mainly dirt road), then River Road to cross Murray River at Bobs Crossing.  Then follow Murray Valley Road (dirt road), cross bridge over Nanga Brook (note falls and trout ladder on left) and turn right to reach Nanga Mill camping & picnic area (in pine plantation), 10.9 km from the Entry Station (or total of 18.4 km from Dwellingup).  Park near the Start point on the south side of the picnic  area (Public toilets nearby).

Alternative access: Remain on Nanga Road after passing the Entry Station. Then after 5 km (before reaching the old Nanga townsite picnic area, 13.5 kms from Dwellingup) turn left onto the dirt road into the Nanga Mill picnic area. This cuts 5 kms off the drive from Dwellingup, but bypasses the excellent Murray River scenery. Also, the entry gate to the picnic area road off Nanga Road is usually locked during week days, in which case, you will need to park and walk the extra 0.5 km to the Start point. Check with DEC's Dwellingup office on ph. 08 95381078.

Note: This walk area was temporarily affected by the fires of late January 2006 which swept through the Murray Valley. Access to this area was restored by mid-February 2006. However, by 2007 access was still restricted from some severely burnt areas of the Reserve, such as along parts of DEC's Murray Valley Walk Circuit in the NW, including the Scarp Lookout off Scarp Road.

Escape route/s :

West of Murray River:  Via various tracks (e.g. Coffs Formation road) west to Nanga Road, or east to North Junction Formation road which runs along west bank of Murray River.

East of Murray River : North or south via Fireline Road (closely parallels Bibbulmun Track in south), or SE on Allan Road (which branches off Fireline Road) to meet Murray Road after 8 kms.

Main features

/Highlights:

This walk is in the northern area of the Lane Poole Reserve which covers an area of jarrah, marri and blackbutt (yarri) forest around the Murray River valley.  The Murray River is the largest of the rivers cutting into the Darling Plateau which remain undammed.  The River runs approximately NNW-ward through the northern area of the nearly 55,000 ha Reserve.  There are a number of large and quite deep permanent pools along the River and frequent rapids and small waterfalls. In winter the river can become a raging torrent (see Caution below).

Much of the area was heavily logged from 1902 onward when the Nanga Mill was established. Timber was transported to the mill via several railway 'formations' on both sides of the river.  These are now used in part as walk trails (including sections of this walk route) and as dirt roads. Logging continued at declining levels until the mill burnt down in 1941.  The Reserve was finally declared in 1984.

Over half of the walk (60%) follows portions of two established trails:   half of the 18 km King Jarrah Trail and a short 6 km of the much longer Bibbulmun Track. The remaining 40% of the walk is mainly on existing dirt roads, with only a few very short off-track sections near river crossings, or to take in a view.  

Two-day option: The walk can be done as either a reasonably challenging one day walk (especially if you start early by camping the night before at the Nanga Mill campsite), or at a more leisurely pace over two days with an overnight stay at the Murray Campsite (on the Bibbulmun Track) which is close to the halfway point on the walk and in a very picturesque setting on the bank of the Murray River, next to one of the large pools.

You will not actually see much more of the Murray  River itself on this walk route as it is generally screened from sight by thick vegetation. However, make the most of the many excellent river views during the drive in to the Start point, and include at least a brief stop at the Baden Powell Campground to see the waterspout and picturesque pool.

Caution:  The River changes character dramatically in winter-mid spring when it may be  transformed into a raging torrent along much of its length, becoming very dangerous and uncrossable at crossing points which are often dry in summer-early autumn. (During winter and spring the River is popular with canoeists and rafters.)

In late spring, summer, and very early autumn, provided there has not been recent heavy rainfall, the River can usually be crossed safely and dryly at the two crossing points on this walk, one about 1 km downriver from Murray Campsite and the other near a small camping site off Fireline Road, about 1 km south of the road junction with Yarragil Road.   Do not attempt to cross at these places if the river is still flowing fast, even if it appears narrow or quite shallow. If the first, southern crossing point appears unsafe, you should stay on the western side of the River and rejoin the King Jarrah Trail (shown in green on the map) which then approximately follows the western river bank northward back to Nanga Mill camping & picnic area. (The total walk distance will then be 18.5 km.)

Current river levels and conditions: These can also be checked before you start out, from the Dept of Environment's automatic daily updates (for Station 614006 for Murray River, Baden Powell Waterspout; also see paddleability guide).

Controlled burns:  'Mosaic' burns are currently scheduled for Autumn  2010 and will affect much of the walk area. See DEC's 6-season indicative burn programme.

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:  Nanga 1:50,000 Sheet 2133-3 (CALM/DOLA, 1999) or Nanga 1:50,000 Sheet (Dept. of Lands & Survey, 1980).

Other background references :

The Bibbulmun Track Foundation's Day Walk Map Packs for locations along the Bibbulmun Track include a pack for the Dwellingup/Lane Poole Reserve area, with suggested walks on the Bibb. Track. The Foundation's 'trip planner' pages also include some additional information on the area, including additional Bibb. Track day and overnight walk possibilities. 

"Guide to Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup"  leaflet by CALM (undated). This includes a good 'overview' of the Reserve including a brief summary of trails, and notes on the history, fauna, etc. - Trails described very briefly in the leaflet include the King Jarrah Trail (18km) and the Murray Valley Circuit (46km over 3 days). - The Murray Valley Circuit lies in the NW area of the Reserve and overlaps with the walk described on this page only at the Nanga Mill camping & picnic area. The Murray Valley Circuit also visits Scarp Pool and Scarp Lookout in the NW, both of which were badly affected by the January 2006 bushfires. 

DEC's website also provides a very brief description of the Reserve and the DEC trails.

"Lane Poole Reserve Management Plan 1990-2000", Dec. 1990, by Dept. of Conservation and Land Management (CALM). - See pdf version (1.25Mb file) which also includes all map figures.  This has summaries of the flora & fauna, geology, history, etc.

"Lane Poole Reserve and Proposed Reserve Additions Management Plan", Oct. 2011, by Dept. of Environment and  Conservation (DEC) and Conservation Commission of Western Australia. - See pdf version (9.3Mb file). This proposes an increase in the area of the Reserve size by 47% to 758 sq km. See also WalkGPS GoogleEarth view of the Reserve and proposed additions, plus Bibbulmun Track and campsites and existing and future impact of ALCOA bauxite mining.

"Travellers guide to the Parks & Reserves of Western Australia" by Simon Nevill, 2001, p.62-63 (Simon Nevill Publications), also includes a very brief summary of the Park. 

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway (HVTR) - Today the dedicated HVTR volunteers provide visitors with a great sense of the early saw milling and railway history of the Dwelllingup area with short journeys into the jarrah forest in historic steam and diesel locomotives along 8 km of restored light railway.

Trivia: What does the "Form" or "Formation" in Coffs Form. or South Junction Formation mean? - A 'formation' (or 'form.') comprises the top of embankments and base of cuttings on which a railway or tramway track was laid to take timber to a local mill. The railways themselves have largely disappeared leaving the 'forms' as reminders of the earlier logging days.  They are common in the southwest forests and have often been later converted for 4WD/forestry vehicle use (and partly for easy, levelled walking tracks!). 

Route notes :

 

Start at the King Jarrah Walk Trail sign at Nanga Mill camping & picnic area.  Head uphill initially through pine trees at the edge of the Nanga Mill plantation, then more steeply through young regenerating jarrah forest and balgas. After waypoint '1' the trail heads SE and soon flattens onto a ridge.  After '2' veer southward and head almost due south over the next 4.5 kms, crossing stream gullies at Christmas Creek and Dawn Creek, and dirt roads at 'JCN-1', 'JCN-2', 'JCN-3' and 'JCN-4'. After Dawn Creek the trail rises steeply to a ridge, then at '3' veers SE and descends initially gently to the site of a King Jarrah tree (at 'KJARA') which survived the logging days. It then descends steeply to cross Big Brook and meets King Jarrah Formation road at '4'.  Turn left to follow the road initially NE, then eastward after the (Dawn) Creek Road turnoff (at '5'). At the fork in the road at 'TRN' follow the right fork (South Junction Formation road) uphill.  Pass a footrack on the left (at 'FTRK'; This is a useful shortcut to connect back on to the King Jarrah Trail if the Murray River is flowing too fast for a safe crossing.) At '7', leave South Junction Form. road to head SE steeply downslope and off-track to reach the Murray River bed at a crossing point at  'CSG-1', where there is usually only a minimal flow in late summer-early autumn.  (If the River is flowing strongly do not attempt a river crossing but instead return to waypoint 'FTRK' and connect back onto King Jarrah Trail/North Junction Form. road at 'ENDTRK' and follow that northward, close to the western bank of the River.)    

After crossing the River bed, follow a dirt road from the eastern bank and turn right onto the Bibbulmun Track where it crosses at 'BIB-1' . Follow the Bibbulmun Track southward (via '8') to reach the Murray Campsite (at 'HUT').  This is close to the halfway point on the walk and a great spot for lunch or an overnight stop. Then return northward along the Bibbulmun Track which heads eastward away from the Murray River at 'BIB-2'.  Continue on the Bibbulmun Trak (via '10', '11' &  '12') and reach Fireline Road at 'BIB-3'. Leave the Track at this point and turn left to follow the Road downhill for less than 200m to '13'. Then head off-track for a 1km diversion (via '13A, '13B', 13D') approximately parallelling Fireline Road. This  provides a view across the Murray Valley (from about '13A').  Rejoin Fireline Road at '13D'. (Alternatively, you may opt to shorten the walk marginally by staying on Fireline Road after '13' and ignore the off-track section.) Follow Fireline Road downhill (via '14' & '15').  At '16' turn left onto a short side road which leads to a campsite on the east bank of the Murray River.  Find a crossing point at  'CSG-2' via the rocky ledge at the upstream end of the permanent pool. (Again, there is usually only a minimal flow here in late summer-early autumn.) Then head NW off-track, finding a way through quite thick understorey and up a steepening slope to reach North Junction Form. road at '17'. Then turn right to follow the Road (via '18', 'JCN-5', '19', '20') past Stringers camping area turnoff (at 'STRGRS'), and turn left at '21' onto the Nanga Mill road which leads back to the Start point.  

 

 

 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       415540  6370025  King Jarrah Walk Trail sign at Nanga Mill.

1           415445  6369625  On King Jarrah Trail,near top of steep slope.

2           416061  6368992  Near crest of ridge.

JCN-1       416114  6368159  Cross dirt road.

JCN-2       416292  6367018  Cross Coffs Formation road (after Christmas Creek).

JCN-3       416185  6366170  Cross dirt road.

JCN-4       416350  6365186  Cross dirt road (just after Dawn Creek).

3           416298  6364632  On ridge.

KJARA       416742  6364277  At 'King Jarrah' tree.

4           417047  6364095  King Jarrah Formation Road (after Big Brook).

5           417320  6364269  Junction of King Jarrah Form. rd. & Dawn Creek rd.

TRN         417728  6364182  Junction, King Jarrah Fm. rd. & South Jcn. Fm. rd.

6           417971  6363974  On South Junction Form. road.

FTRK        418506  6364015  Pass footrack short-cut to North Junction Fm. rd.

7           418577  6363882  On South Junction Form. road.

CSG-1       418691  6363804  Dry crossing of Murray River(only if river low).

BIB-1       418777  6363736  Bibbulmun Track crosses dirt road.

8           419261  6363352  On Bibbulmun Track.

HUT         419263  6362869  Murray River Campsite (hut) on Bibbulmun Track.

8           419261  6363352  On Bibbulmun Track. 

BIB-1       418777  6363736  Bibbulmun Track crosses dirt road.

BIB-2       418937  6363942  Bibbulmun Track branches off Fireline Road.

9           419895  6363909  On Bibbulmun Track.

10          420184  6364534  On Bibbulmun Track.

11          419958  6365073  On Bibbulmun Track.

12          420043  6365601  On Bibbulmun Track.

BIB-3       419851  6365931  Bibbulmun Track meets Fireline Road.

13          419736  6365816  On Fireline Road.

13A         419520  6365821  Off-track, with view across valley through forest.

13B         419303  6366011  Off-track, in saddle on ridge.

13C         419117  6366073  Near crest of ridge.

13D         419167  6366347  On Fireline Road.

14          419178  6366620  On Fireline Road.

15          418943  6367478  On Fireline Road.

16          418077  6368445  On Fireline Road, at turnoff to small campsite.

CSG-2       417909  6368465  Dry crossing of Murray River(only if river low).

17          417834  6368558  On North Junction Form. road.

18          417776  6368640  On North Junction Form. road.

JCN-5       417343  6368506  North Junction Form. road passes side road.

19          417205  6369285  On North Junction Form. road.

20          416547  6369587  On North Junction Form. road.

STRGRS      416239  6370030  Nth. Junction Fm. rd. passes Stringers campsite rd.

21          416168  6370125  Turnoff to Nanga Mill camping & picnic area.

END         415540  6370025  Back at Nanga Mill Start point. 

Additional waypoints on map : 

NANGA       414901  6369789  Old Nanga townsite, parking & picnic area.

FALLS       416053  6370265  Nanga Brook Falls & trout ladder (nr. Valley Rd.)

MILLPK      415545  6370146  Park car nr picnic table, 100m north of Start.

29          419154  6363186  Approx. posn. of old road near River bank in south.

30          418978  6363014  Approx. junction, old rd. and Sth Junctn. Form.rd.

31          418633  6363310  On South Junction Form. road.

32          418315  6363143  On South Junction Form. road.

35          414561  6365467  Junction of Leppers Gully Rd & Nanga Road.

36          414675  6366498  Junction of (Dawn) Creek Rd & Nanga Road.

37          414636  6366701  Junction of Coffs Form. Rd & Nanga Road.

38          416600  6363260  Junction, Lepers Gully Road & King Jarrah Form.rd.

42          419870  6365957  Bibbulmun Track meets Fireline Road.

43          420110  6366187  On Bibbulmun Track.

44          420124  6366989  On Bibbulmun Track.

45          419631  6368410  On Bibbulmun Track.

46          420204  6368439  On Bibbulmun Track.

47          419449  6369083  On Bibbulmun Track.

48          419956  6369391  On Bibbulmun Track.

BIB-4       420034  6369684  Bibbulmun Track crosses Yarragil Road.

FIRELN      418112  6369710  Junction of Fireline Road and Yarragil Road.

YARAGL      417545  6369879  Yarragil camping site, approx. location.

ENDTRK      418567  6364179  Footrack short-cut off North Junction Fm.rd.

JCN-7       417932  6366295  Side road meets Coffs Form. road.

JCN-8       418663  6364638  Coffs Form. road meets North Junction Form. road.

JCN-8A      418867  6365609  Side road from River meets Fireline Road at bend. 

JCN-9       418456  6366393  Side road meets North Junction Form. road.

JCN-10      416928  6366524  Side road meets Coffs Form. road.

SHTCUT      417064  6366487  Off-track short-cut to JCN-10 from Coffs Form.rd.

CSGWET      418657  6365779  Wet(swimming)crossing point at sunken log bridge.

SGRPK       416451  6369879  Car park area at Stringers camping site.

CSG-3       416648  6369784  Dry (in summer)crossing of River near Stringers.

 

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