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 2017 and February 2018. 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.
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
Track closed due to bushfire
Location: Near Mundaring Weir
The Bibbulmun Track is closed between the Perth Hills Discover Centre and Mt Dale due to a bushfire.
The Track will remain closed until the Track can be declared safe.
This will take considerable time and we appreciate people’s patience.
It is likely a diversion will be installed at some point in the future but for now everyone should stay away from the area.
Helena Campsite was totally destroyed and will remain closed until a new one is built. There is no water, toilet or any other facility available.
Parks and Wildlife are on the scene daily and will be for coming weeks while the fire still burns.
Walkers who venture into the closed area may lose their life or risk serious injury. Several wandoo trees will continue to burn and either drop limbs or fall over for many months. It is just not worth the risk folks!
Summer is definitely not the time to be out on the Track. The walker at Helena Campsite was lucky not to lose his life. He was rescued by chance and only minutes before the fire swept through.
The fire started 12km south-east of Mundaring on 14 January 2018 and there has been 3000 hectares burnt.
The cause of the fire is suspicious.
We thank the Parks and Wildlife Service and all involved in fighting the fire. Your efforts and long hours into the night are appreciated.
Limited water at Canning campsite
Location: South of Brookton Hwy
The water tank at Canning campsite has been damaged. While there is water available, walkers are asked to restrict their use as much as possible.
Day walkers are asked to take enough with them so that they do not need to draw water from the tank leaving the limited supply for through walkers.
The tank will be repaired as soon as possible but may not be refilled until it rains.
Canning campsite only has the one water tank.
Campfire bans in place
Location: All campsites in this section.
Campfire bans are now in place at all campsites between on the Track.
During this period fires are not permitted at any time including in the fire rings. All walkers must ensure they use fuel stoves for cooking.
These bans will conitnue through to 31 March but may be extended.
On days where a total fire ban is declared, fuel stove may not be used either.
To check if a total fire ban is in place please visit Emergency WA.
For more information contact the Parks and Wildlife Service 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 Wednesday, 28 February 2018.
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 open
Location: 1km from Gringer Creek campsite
The Threeways roadhouse at North Bannister has reopened.
Discussions regarding the posting of food drops and appropriate food to stock for walkers are on the agenda.
Renovations have not yet been fully completed and there is no timeline at this stage.
Walkers should not post food parcels at this time.
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).