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Wungong Gorge Walk, Wungong

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Avon Valley, Yanchep, Lancelin & Cervantes, Peel, Perth Hills, Perth Metro, Rottnest, Swan Valley

  • Half day
  • 11 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

This trail follows the Wungong Brook along through a deep and picturesque valley from the South Western Highway through to Admiral Road near the Water Authority Wungong Dam park gates.

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Trail Start

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Near corner of Rails Crescent and South Western Highway, Wungong

Site of an old Shale quarry, probably mined in the 1960's. This rock occurs in a narrow band along the edge of the Darling Scarp between Keysbrook and Martin.

Note a long section of the old water
pipeline going up the slope on the
left.

A short walk along the track that bears off to the left, leads to the quarry area. Operated during the 1960's, the rock mined was used to build the Garden Island causeway. Look for the rusting remains of the old screening and loading ramp.

A track leading off to the left takes you to a "V notch" gauging weir, with an automatic stream flow recording instrument.

The sheer granite rock faces high
above to the north are regularly
scaled by avid rock climbers.

A significant stand of Yarri trees (Blackbutt) below the track and down to the river is located here. Partly destroyed by the devastating fire of 1994.

A massive jumble of loose rocks which have slid down the valley side from the rocky outcrops above.
Keep an eye out for the rare Red-eared Fire-tail Finch.

In the valley below, remnants of an
early orchard can be viewed. Note
the tree fern lined stream descending
into the valley on the other side.

Follow the side track down the hill
to the site of the homestead built by
the pioneering Butcher family in the
1860s. Only the foundations remain
today.

Below the track is the pipe which
empties water into the tunnel
entrance to travel more than three
kilometres under the hills to exit
above the South Western Highway.

Popular picnic and recreation spot.
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Wungong Gorge Walk is located approximately 5 kms south of Armadale, along the South Western Highway. Access to the track is near the Wungong Brook with parking available at the corner of Rails Crescent, about 200 metres north of the start of the trail. 

The Wungong Gorge Walk follows the Wungong Brook upstream, along the valley floor, of a steep and very picturesque valley. Following the valley upstream, you will pass an old granite quarry and several dramtatic rocky outcrops. The track following the brook, along the base of the valley is fairly level for the most part becoming a little steeper after about the first four kilometres. The trail leads to the lower parking area of Wungong Dam on Admiral Road. There are toilets located in the carpark on Admiral Road. A map of the trail is recommended before you go. There are several tracks heading off to the left and right of the main track which climb the sides of the valley, these trails can be quite steep. The trails are not signposted and are recommended for experienced hikers only. 

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Time / Duration

3 - 4 hours

Length

11km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Near corner of Rails Crescent and South Western Highway, Wungong

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Difficulty Notes

There is no signage along the walk trail.

Hazards & Warnings

Beware of snakes in the warmer months

Facilities

Please note that whilst dogs are permitted along the Wungong Gorge Walk Trail, they are not permitted at Wungong Dam or the surrounding picnic areas.
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Shaded Area

Best time of year

Year round

Trail Access

By car, 40km from Perth CBD

Prohibited Items

No camping or open fires permitted. Dogs are not permitted at Wungong Dam.
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