A moderately strenuous walk with jarrah forest and river scenery. The highlight of this walk is the impressive “King Jarrah”, a 250 year old jarrah tree.
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 Nanga Mill campground (about 11km in).
Car parking, picnic tables, campsites and toilet facilities are available at Nanga Mill campground.
The King Jarrah trail traces the former transportation routes of the once vibrant timber industry. The much prized hard woods of Jarrah, Marri and Blackbutt saw a proliferation of timber towns in the late nineteenth century and were an important source of employment for the early pioneers. A highlight is the 250 year old "King" Jarrah tree and the many opportunities to view the Murray River as it winds its way through the reserve. There are two popular options, one is using the shorter King Jarrah Trail (as per brochure map) and the other longer route extends to take in a short section of the Bibbulmun track.
The trail commences at Nanga Mill campground. A trailhead sign marks the start of the trail and can be located on the southern side of the road that passes through the campground. Follow North Junction Form for 7.5km. This was once a rail formation from the days of timber harvesting in the area. North Junction Form becomes King Jarrah Form. Continue on King Jarrah Form for 1.7km past the locked gate until the trail turns right off the form. From this point, walkers looking for a picnic spot may wish to continue south on the King Jarrah Form for 200m to a small cleared area and toilet.
After leaving King Jarrah Form, the walk trail passes the King Jarrah tree. The trail crosses Dawn Creek Road. From here, it is 5.2km back to Nanga Mill with some steeper sections. Along the way, the trail crosses a number of old vehicle tracks and small creeks.
There are a number of camping grounds to the north where you can base yourself ready for an early start, as well as a Hut in the south if you wish to split the trail over two days. Click on the Google Map markers for details.
Be aware of vehicles and bikes as the trail shares sections of the Munda Biddi Trail and 4WD tracks.