This walk leads up the side of the Murray River valley and provides excellent views of the valley and the river below. The seasonal appearance of wild flowers makes this a popular trail in the Spring-time.
Directions to the start of the trail
Turn left out of Dwellingup Visitor Centre and follow the road up the side of the oval. At the end of the street, turn left into Pinjarra Williams Road. After .5km, take the right hand turn into Nanga Road, which is clearly signposted for Lane Poole Reserve.
About 7km down Nanga Road on your left hand side you will see the Entry Station for the reserve. Turn into the Entry Station and follow the signs to the Island Pool day use area (about 8km in).
There are two car parks at Island Pool day use area. The upper car park is nearest to the start of the walk and the trail is well signposted from this point. There is a riverside picnic area and Island Pool is a popular swimming spot on warm days. Toilet facilities are available in the upper car park.
The trail leaves the southern corner of the upper car park, up a flight of steps and a steep rise through jarrah forest and wattles. At this point, the forest begins to thin a little and the balgas become more numerous. Continue along a gentle slope up the valley side.
Balgas begin to dominate as the trail passes between granite outcrops. You are now at the highest part of the trail. There is a seat where you can rest awhile and take in the views of the valley below.
Begin your descent down a gentle slope. The track zig zags for a short distance down a steeper park of the valley side and moves back into the jarrah forest. From here, it is a short distance back to the upper car park.