Kalamunda to Dwellingup
Head downhill out of Kalamunda through Kalamunda National Park. The marri, wandoo and jarrah forests are home to kangaroos, echidnas, bandicoots and a rainbow of native birds. Walk through Mann’s Gully and climb to the southern rim of the Helena River Valley. Cross Mundaring Weir, where the longest freshwater pipeline in the world begins. From here, the track descends past the Hills Forest Discovery Centre. Curve around the Helena Reservoir and head along the Darkin River to Mt Dale. Stop for a picnic or climb through jarrah and wandoo forests to the mountain’s summit. Continue across over the Brookton Highway, near the easily-accessible Brookton campsite. Weave through swamp with paperbark and banksias trees to Abyssinia Rock and into Monadnocks Conservation Park. From here you can ascend Mt Cuthbert, Mt Vincent and Mt Cooke, the highest point in the Darling Range. Walk through wandoo flats and cross the Albany Highway near the North Bannister Roadhouse. Climb the giant granite mould of Boonering Hill and the low granite peaks of White Horse Hills. Scale Mt Wells and survey the view from the firewatchers hut. From here the track hugs the old rail line through jarrah and marri forest into the small timber mining town of Dwellingup.