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
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. There is a restaurant and bar available.
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
Campfire bans in place
Location: All campsites in this section
Campfire bans are now in place at all campsites in this section (Hewett's Hill to Chadoora campsites).
No open fires may be lit whatsoever.
Walkers must use only fuel stoves for cooking.
The campfire ban will remain in place at least until April 2019 and may be extended depending on weather conditions.
On certain days, a total fire ban may be in force where walkers are not permitted to light a fuel stove either.
For information about locations of current total fire bans call 1800 709 355 or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au/.
Helena Campsite closed
Location: Between Ball Creek and Waalegh campsites
Helena Campsite is CLOSED as it was completely destroyed by bushfire. Walkers should keep away from the site as it is unsafe. There is no water, toilet or shelter there. There is no temporary campsite.
It is 18km between Ball Creek and Waalegh Campsites. Walkers need to be prepared to walk to the next campsite and carry sufficient water.
For more information contact the Parks and Wildlife Service Mundaring on (08) 9260 6100.
North Banister roadhouse
Location: 1km from Gringer Creek campsite
The Threeways roadhouse (tavern and restaurant) at North Bannister is open from 7am to 7pm daily. The petrol service station is open similar hours.
Please note that the roadhouse and the service station are two separate businesses.
Parcels will be charged $10/parcel. $5 for any additional parcel for the same person.
Walkers will need a valid ID to collect. Parcels will be stored by the roadhouse/tavern for 21 days once received.
Walkers and the Bibbulmun Track Foundation have been told by Threeways that parcels can be posted to the roadhouse but this has proved unreliable and we ask that walkers do not post items to them despite any guarantees from the roadhouse.
The reality is that parcels posted to them get sent to the Boddington Post Office. Australia Post do not deliver to the roadhouse itself. Given the roadhouse staff do not frequently visit the Boddington Road House, the food parcels can sit there for weeks.
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 by the walker, trail angel or friend/relatives.
Contact the roadhouse on (08) 9884 1070 or via social media for further information.
Methylated spirits for trangia type stoves is sold at the service station along with refreshments and food typically available at a petrol station.
The roadhouse is looking at stocking gas canisters and other food supplies for walkers. When this becomes available and prooves to be a reliable service, it will be posted here.
Showers and accommodation are not currently available.
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).