The Darling Range
Kalamunda to Dwellingup | Distance: 211km
Realignments & Alternative Routes
The Track has been realigned in this area because of bad erosion and unsafe steps.
At 3.2km in the north to south Track notes, when you reach the gravel road (Schipp Rd), do not go straight ahead. Turn left, following the gravel road, cross Piesse Brook and then turn right up the steps. The realignment is well marked. Walkers re-join the Track at the top of the ridge. The realignment is approx. 500 metres.
Mundaring Weir after hours alternate route
Please note that the alternative route will be affected while works are conducted between April and November in 2017. See Diversions and Other Impacts below. The Mundaring Weir wall is usually open until 5pm each day at which time the gates are closed. If the gates are closed take the alternative route to the other side of the wall.
From the south end of the wall (southbound walkers) follow the markers beyond the toilet block to cross the river at the small footbridge at the base of the wall. Turn right toward the wall and then follow markers ascending steps and an old railway formation up to the top to re-join the Bibbulmun Track.
North Bannister spur trail
The Three-ways roadhouse at North Bannister is linked to the Track via an approx. 1.5km spur trail.
From Gringer Creek campsite follow the marked trail in front of the shelter. From the roadhouse, cross the side street (which runs off Albany Highway) and look for the trail marker and walk trail to the north. NOTE ROADHOUSE IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATION.
Boonerring Hill spur trail
Walkers can take a short spur trail to the summit for outstanding 360° views of the area.
Take the 400 metre trail to the left once you have reached the ridge line behind Boonerring Hill. Ensure you stay off the fragile moss and lichen on the rocky top.
Diversions & Other Impacts
Prescribed burn diversion
Location: Between Nerang and White Horse Hills Campsites near North Bannister
The Bibbulmun Track is closed for 28km due to prescribed burning. A 22km diversion is in place, as shown in green on the diversion map.
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The original route will remain closed until declared safe. For your safety stay on the marked diversion, adhere to and follow all signage and instructions from Parks and Wildlife and other emergency staff. Walkers should be aware of fire operations vehicles and other traffic in the area.
Walkers should note that Gringer Creek Campsite and the North Bannister Road House are closed. It is approximately 27km between Nerang and White Horse Hills campsites via the diversion. Hikers should be prepared for a long and arduous walk.
For more information contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife Mundaring on (08) 9290 6100.
Mundaring Weir Walkway closure
Location: Between Hewett's Hill and Ball Creek campsites
The Bibbulmun Track is closed for approximately 600m while the Water Corporation undertake construction works. Access across the weir wall is not available. A 360m diversion is in operation as shown in green on the map and will be in place until 30 November 2017.
The trail between the south end of the dam walkway and the Learning Centre remains unchanged. Walkers will cross over the Helena River pedestrian bridge, and follow the signage heading north, towards Pump Station A. The diversion ends north of the dam walkway.
The Northern Lookout will remain open. However, is only accessible via the CY O’Connor Memorial.
The original alignment will remain closed until works have been completed. For your safety remain on the marked diversion, adhere to all signage and directions from staff. Walkers should be aware of construction vehicles and other traffic while on the Track.
For more information contact the Water Corporation on 13 13 85 or the Department of Parks and Wildlife Mundaring on (08) 9290 6100.
North Banister roadhouse closed
Location: 1km from Gringer Creek campsite
The Threeways roadhouse at North Bannister is currently closed.
It closed in November 2016 for renovations and was supposed to reopen in January 2017. Renovations have not yet been completed and there is no timeline at this stage.
Walkers should not post food parcels without attempting to contact them first. Their number is (08) 9884 1070 however there has been no response to messages left.
Ultra Running event
Location: North Bannister to Kalamunda
On the weekend of Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November 2017, Ultra Series WA will be holding a running event between North Bannister and Kalamunda.
Participants will not be staying at campsites overnight, however it is expected that runners will be passing through at all hours over the weekend.
Walker may wish to take this into account when planning a walk in the section.
Logging operations near Track
Location: Between Mt Wells and Chadoora Campsites
Logging of forest is being undertaken by the Forest Products Commission east of Chadoora Campsite.
Walkers should be aware of trucks and other forestry vehicles while in the area.
For more information contact either the Forest Products Commission on (08) 9363 4600 or the Department of Parks and Wildlife Mundaring on (08) 9290 6100.
Blasting near Mt Wells and White Horse Hills campsites
Location: Between White Horse Hills and Chadoora campsites south of the Albany Highway and north of Dwellingup/
Newmont Boddington Gold advise that blasting adjacent to Mt Wells campsite will take place each week until further notice. Although the blasting will not impact upon the Track, given the proximity of the blasting to the campsite and the Track, walkers should be aware of the noise. The blasts typically occur between 1pm and 3pm.
Walkers should also note that ALCOA are blasting on the western side of the Track though a greater distance away from the Track. These blasts are closer to White Horse Hills campsite than MT Wells campsite.
Walkers wishing greater serenity should avoid the section of Track from North Bannister to Dwellingup as mine workings can be heard 24hrs a day to varying degrees from all three campsites (White Horse Hills, Mt Wells and Chadoora).
Construction work at Helena Campsite
Location: Helena Campsite, Map 1a
Construction work is being carried out at Helena Camp Site. The camp site will remain OPEN but walkers should adhere to all signage and directions from staff. Walkers should be aware of construction vehicles in the area.
For more information contact Parks and Wildlife Mundaring on (08) 9290 6100