The Darling Range

Kalamunda to Dwellingup | Distance: 211km

Realignments & Alternative Routes

  • Piesse Brook

    The Track has been realigned in this area because of bad erosion and unsafe steps.

    Directions

    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

    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.

    Directions

    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.

    Directions

    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.

  • Boonerring Hill spur trail

    Walkers can take a short spur trail to the summit for outstanding 360° views of the area.

    Directions

    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

  • Toilets full

    Location: Mt Dale and Monadnocks Campsites

    The toilets at Mt Dale Campsite is quite full.

    Parks and Wildlife have organised a contractor to get it pumped but this will not be immediate.

    Until then, if walkers are up for it, sometimes a long stick to push the pile to the side will clear significant space. 

    Please apply Leave No Trace Principles if not using the toilet.

  • Rehabilitation works

    Location: Helena Campsite

    Please keep away from areas that are being rehabilitated at Helena Campsite.

    In particular, walkers are asked to leave wood and brush cuttings scattered in two areas to encourage regrowth.

    Both areas are behind the shelter (between the shelter and the toilet).

    Please don't use this wood and scrub in the campfire.

    Please let it grow.

    Click here for more information about the new shelter.

  • Construction works deviate Track

    Location: Dwellingup town

    Walkers coming from Chadoora campsite are advised that the Track between the football oval and the Dwellingup Visitor Information Centre has been diverted while construction works are in progress. 

    Please be cautious of construction machinery and adhere to safety signage.

    The Track has been remarked with signage made by local school children.

  • North Banister roadhouse closed

    Location: 1km from Gringer Creek campsite

    The Threeways roadhouse (tavern and restaurant) at North Bannister is now closed for the foreseeable future. The petrol service station next door is open daily.

    Please note that the roadhouse and the service station are two separate businesses. 

    Food parcels

    As the tavern is now closed for the foreseeable future please do not plan to send or leave food parcels there.

    The Foundation has reached out to Threeways a number of times unsuccessfully to rectify this situation.

    For the time being parcels should be delivered in person to walkers by a trail angel or friend/relatives.

    Supplies

    Methylated spirits for trangia type stoves is sold at the service station along with basic refreshments typically available at a petrol station.

    If and when the situation changes, it will be posted here.

  • 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).