King Jarrah Heritage Trail, Lane Poole, Dwellingup
Located south of Dwellingup in Western Australia’s beautiful Peel Region, this five-hour walk features a 300-600-year-old tree, the ‘King Jarrah’, who’s age is continually disputed. It is less mighty these days after a couple of major fires, but still worth the walk and visit.
About the Trail
The King Jarrah Walk Trail begins at Nanga Mill and takes about five hours. The trailhead is at the edge of the forest nea Nanga Mill Campsite.
It follows the river for much of the way and provides access to fabulous jarrah forests. Expect some steep sections on the western side of the trail. Part of the track uses an old logging railway formation with cuttings and old bridge sites crossing Dawn Creek. Look out for the old reference trees, which were numbered to allow foresters to accurately locate their position in the bush. Some old bridge stringers are visible in the water. Further along the track is an old logging railway formation with cuttings and old bridge sites.
Dogs are allowed in Lane Poole Reserve but must be kept on a leash at all times.
Need to Know
Dwellingup is the perfect country escape just a one and a half hour drive south from Perth. Your day trip or weekend away can be filled with a variety of great outdoor adventures from camping in the jarrah forests, to bushwalking and mountain biking, or canoeing on the Murray River. You can even start your adventure in Perth, hiking the first 96 kilometres of the world-renowned Bibbulmun Track from Kalamunda, or cycling the Munda Biddi mountain bike trail from Mundaring and taking in the city-to-country scenery at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the beautiful forested valleys and waterways of Lane Poole Reserve. Covering almost 55000 hectares, and criss-crossed with walking trails, mountain bike and four wheel drive tracks, the reserve is a popular and picturesque adventure playground. Filled with birdlife year round and wildflowers in spring, it's also a great place for taking it slow with a picnic or walking with your dog (yes, the reserve is pet-friendly). For an insightful introduction to the region's natural treasures, visit the Forest Heritage Centre. Climb the three viewing towers for views of the forest canopy, or discover the excellent artisan skills of students from the School of Fine Wood at the gallery. If you time your trip between May and October, you can also enjoy the unique and nostalgic journey through Dwellingup's timber milling history by steam train on the Hotham Valley Railway. There are plenty of places to set up camp under towering trees and a star-filled sky, but if you'd prefer some creature comforts, head for Dwellingup's hotel, chalets, backpackers or caravan park.
Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre
Marrinup Street, Dwellingup Western Australia 6213, Australia
Phone: (08) 9538 1108 | www.murraytourism.com.au
The historic town of Dwellingup is located within the beautiful state forest of the Darling Range and nestled between the South Dandalup and Murray Rivers. Adjacent to the Bibbulmun Track and the Munda Biddi, as well as the natural beauty of Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup offers wonderful opportunities to relax, unwind and explore. Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre is also home to a fascinating local history museum. Discover the stories of the early pioneers, the history of the early mill towns, the military connections to the former POW camp at Marrinup and the extraordinary courage of a town that survived the 1961 bush fire. A fully restored vintage Mack fire truck is also on display. The visitor centre staff will be happy to offer assistance during your visit to Dwellingup providing information on and directions for a range of things to keep you busy. This includes accommodation, trails (walking, mountain biking, four wheel driving, Munda Biddi and Bibbulmun Tracks), natural areas to explore, wineries, places to eat and drink, local attractions, maps, books, souvenirs and gifts. Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre is open daily from 9:00am to 3:30pm (closed Christmas Day).