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 weir wall will be affected while works are conducted between April 2017 and mid-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. 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
Water at Gringer Creek campsite.
Location: Gringer Creek Campsite
Walkers are advised that the water tank at Gringer Creek has been cleaned out due to contamination and will be filled by rain.
Rain is filling the tank slowly and day walkers should bring their own supply until heavy winter rains fill the tank.
Location: Between Helena and Waalegh campsites
Prescribed burning is being undertaken on the northern side of Lake C Y O'Connor.
Smoke may affect the Track (the burn is not on the Track).
For your safety 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.
For more information contact Parks and Wildlife Service Mundaring on (08) 9290 6100.
Diversion in place due to bushfire
Location: Near Mundaring Weir
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.
(Updated 3 April 2018)
Mundaring Weir Walkway closure
Location: Between Hewett's Hill and Ball Creek campsites
The Bibbulmun Track is closed for approximately 200m while the Water Corporation undertake construction works. Access across the weir wall is not available, although the wall is open from the north only. A 360m diversion is in operation as shown in green on the map (work is taking longer than expected).
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 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.
The tavern/restaurant is now open from 6am to 7pm daily.
Walkers should enquire at the roadhouse first before posting parcels or planning food drops. It can take a number of weeks for mail to reach them from Perth as their mail is not delivered directly to them.
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).