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Wandoo tree trunks east
of Connelly Creek, July 2004.
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105 kms SE of Perth.
17.5 field kms (75% off-track)
(or can be shortened to approx. 15 kms by simple variation (on track from waypoint '12' to '13B', bypassing section in eastern area).
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240m (cumulative ascent)
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Follow Brookton Highway for 87 kms from Albany Hwy, then turn off at Gartrell Rd (gravel road on right, about 10 kms past Beverley Westdale Rd turnoff), continuing on Strange Rd (dirt road), then Simmons Rd (on left, dirt road). -Total of 10.5 kms of gravel/dirt road from Brookton Hwy to Start point. Follow Simmons Rd to reach the NW corner of the Park which is indicated by a sign on the left at the start of the bushland. Park here, at Start point. (No facilities.)
Escape route/s :
Perimeter Rd (dirt road) runs approx. west-east through the centre of the walk area and connects to Simmons Rd in west by 1.2 kms of dirt road along the park boundary. East Rd (dirt road) runs approx. north-south through the walk area, intersecting with Perimeter Rd and meeting Youngs Rd (dirt road) in the south.
This walk is within the Lupton Conservation Park (area 9327ha, declared in 1976). Similar to the nearby smaller Boyagin Nature Reserve (less than 20 kms east), and the Dryandra Woodland (about 50 kms southeast), this is another 'island' of remnant bushland within the wheatbelt east of the Darling Range. Unlike Boyagin and Dryandra, this Park is not well known and is much less visited. The terrain is generally very gentle. -This is definitely not your area if you are seeking large granite outcrops, rugged terrain and views, but is an especially good area for wildflower displays in spring, with mainly easy walking through some of the most picturesque open wandoo woodlands in the region, rivalling those at Dryandra. The woodlands are at their best on the lateritic slopes around the feeder gullies of Connelly Creek in the SW and Sherlock Gully in the north.
Thick heath/shrublands, cover some of the lateritic hilltops (including the Luptons summit area) and can be well worth visiting during the spring flowering. However they also often include dense patches of 'Pingle' (Dryandra squarrosa) and are mainly avoided by this walk route.
Shorter walk option: The route can be easily adjusted to give a shortened walk of approx. 15 kms, bypassing the eastern section by taking a short cut north along East Rd (dirt road) directly from waypoint '12' to '13B'.
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 south from the Start point (at the Lupton Park sign) on the Park boundary road, with farmland to your right. After 1.2 kms, meet the junction with Perimeter Rd (at waypoint '1') and continue south for a further 400m to where the boundary road turns right (at '2'). Then veer SE and off-track through initially fairly open forest (to '2A'). Skirt around the edge of tall heath/shrubland (mainly 'Pingle'), and follow kangaroo trails across a broad ridge (to '2B'). Veer SW and when the shrubland thickens (for about 250m), you will find an easy way through by finding kangaroo trails to follow through the denser patches. Reach a stream gully in open woodland (at 'GULLY'). Follow the gully for a short distance, then continue SW and reach a narrow ridge (at '2C'). Veer approx. south through woodland (via '3'and RIDGE'). On reaching '4', close to Connelly Creek, veer SE to climb gently through open woodland. Then (at '4A') head approx. southward to reach a vehicle track (at 'TRK') which follows Connelly Creek course (probably dry). Follow the track along the Creek for less than 400m (to '4B'). Then turn left (ENE) to climb uphill through a thicket of Rock Sheoak and across one or two very small, flat granite outcrops to reach a gentle ridge. At '5', turn right (SE) to follow the ridge gently uphill through attractive open woodland (via '6' and '7'). This is a pleasant spot for an early rest stop/morning tea. Then veer approx. SE around the hillside (via '8') to bypass the prickly dryandra shrubland upslope. Pass through recently burnt, very open woodland to reach a side gully and dirt road east of Connelly Creek (at 'RD2'). Head approx. eastward along the northern flank of the gully, initially through forest, and soon emerge onto near-flat, open heathland (with abundant low Scrub sheoak). Continue east (via '9') and gently upslope to re-enter wandoo woodland with an understorey of balgas (grass trees). On the broad ridge top (near '10') veer left (due north) to '11'. Then veer approx. NE to meet and then follow East Road northward (via 'RD3). When East Road begins to veer to the left (at '12'), head approx. NE and off-track to reach a broad open stream valley (at '12A'). Follow the valley floor approx. NE. The initially undefined stream course soon starts to form a gully. The gully veers more eastward at '12B'. This is about the halfway point on the walk and is a reasonable spot for a lunch break. Then climb gently NE away from the gully through open, mixed jarrah-wandoo forest to reach a low ridge at '12C'. Continue NE to reach the west side of a N-S gully. Turn left to head northward up the gentle valley. Cross Perimeter Road (at 'RD'). Then follow the saddle floor as it begins sloping gently off to the north through tall shrubland of Pingle (via '12E'). A well worn kangaroo trail provides an easy way through. Cross a small side gully (at about '12F'), then veer NW to almost immediately cross the deep, main gully (which is a feeder to Sherlock Gully to the north). Continue NW though very attractive open wandoo woodland flanking the edge of a laterite breakaway upslope to the SW. At '12G' veer westward and soon descend gently to cross a shallower gully. Continue approx. westward, avoiding patches of denser heath where necessary. At '13A' veer approx. SW and very soon meet East Road (at 'RD4'). Follow East Road southward for about 250m, climbing quite steeply uphill past tall shrubland (mainly Pingle/Dryandra squarrosa) to reach a prominent laterite breakaway and open woodland. At '13B', just past the crest of the breakway, turn right (westward) and off-track through low heath and woodland. Cross a small gully (near '13C') then veer NW to '14' bypassing patches of denser shrubland or following animal trails where necessary. Then veer westward to reach the edge of the shrubland at '15'. Descend the lateritic slope NNW to the gully floor at '15A'. Follow the stream gully for a short distance, then continue NNW through woodland and just downslope from a laterite breakaway to the west. At '16, veer westward to follow a small side valley upstream. At '17', where the woodland gives way to quite dense, tall heathland, locate a well worn kangaroo trail which heads NW. Follow this trail through the heathland for about 250m to reach a dirt road at the Park boundary (at '18'), bordering farmland. Follow the dirt road west for 1.7 kms to get 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 466528 6410912 Start point at end Simmons Rd and Park sign.
1 466517 6409696 Park boundary road meets Perimeter Rd (dirt rd.).
2 466511 6409318 Rt. angle bend in Perimeter Rd (/park bdy rd.).
2A 466704 6409166 On broad ridge (bypassing tall heath/shrubs).
2B 466818 6408876 In tall heath/shrubland.
GULLY 466567 6408605 At stream gully.
2C 466426 6408523 On small ridge, in wandoo woodland.
3 466490 6408272 In open woodland.
RIDGE 466425 6408205 On narrow, rocky laterite ridge, open woodland.
4 466416 6408155 Just east of Connelly Creek.
4A 466592 6408045 On flank of ridge, just east of Connelly Creek.
TRK 466642 6407788 Meet vehicle track, Connelly Creek course.
4B 466872 6407480 On vehicle track, Connelly Creek course.
5 467178 6407576 Near edge of sheoaks and small low outcrops.
6 467244 6407435 On ridge in wandoo woodland.
7 467568 6407322 On broad ridge in wandoo woodland.
8 467658 6407100 On hillside (bypassing parrot bush upslope).
RD2 468105 6406850 Meet dirt road near side gully (off Connelly Ck.)
9 468767 6406764 In almost flat, open heathland.
10 469453 6406703 In wandoo woodland, with understorey of balgas.
11 469457 6407000 In wandoo woodland, with understorey of balgas.
RD3 469502 6407135 Meet East Road (dirt road).
12 469614 6407505 On East Road.
12A 469838 6407776 On near-flat, open valley floor, stream course.
12B 470542 6408067 On north bank of stream gully.
12C 470800 6408304 On ridge in mixed jarrah-wandoo forest.
12D 471193 6408461 Near stream gully, in wandoo woodland.
RD 471243 6408956 Cross Perimeter Road.
12E 471297 6409434 On 'roo trail through shrubland, broad valley.
12F 471225 6409715 Just east of quite deep stream gully.
12G 470736 6410136 In open wandoo woodland, fringing breakaway.
13 470371 6410088 Cross stream gully.
13A 470017 6410188 In heathland/open forest.
RD4 469905 6410097 Meet East Road.
13B 469888 6409844 East Road crosses laterite breakaway (nth view).
13C 469765 6409833 In wandoo woodland and low heath.
14 469549 6410067 In wandoo woodland and low heath.
15 469120 6410029 Laterite escarpment. Edge of tall heath/shrubland.
15A 469084 6410173 Stream gully.
16 468851 6410678 Near laterite slopes and side gully.
17 468423 6410704 Edge of tall heath/shrubland (on 'roo trail).
18 468283 6410927 On dirt road at corner of Park boundary.
END 466524 6410903 Back at Start point.
Additional Waypoints on map :
25 466207 6408307 Park boundary (and ?dirt rd.) near Connelly Ck.).
30 468175 6408963 At bend in Perimeter Rd, on flank of Luptons hill.
35 471720 6408073 Park boundary corner, near eastern stream course.
40 471723 6406090 Park boundary corner in southeast.
45 471479 6405446 Park boundary meets Youngs Rd in southeast.
50 469912 6411335 On Park boundary in nth. (part of East Rd?).
55 469207 6410951 On narrow spur ridge in north.
RD6 469413 6409256 On bend in East Rd. north of Perimeter Rd.
CNR 469525 6408409 East Rd intersects Perimeter Rd.
YNG-RD 470125 6404986 East Rd meets Youngs Rd in south.
ROK 467420 6406783 Small, low outcrop SW of walk route.
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