The first item to check out on our recce was the Dwellingup Fencelines Track. Lots of medium level challenges that would be substantially more difficult if wet.
Ten kilometres in we reached our turnaround point. 32°45’24″S 115°58’58″E . No excessively lifted, double diff locked purpose built hill climbers with 37” tyres among our group. No photos, deliberately.
I suppose the keyboard warriors who go to work each morning via the Mundaring Powerlines would profess to ‘eat it up’ in 2WD. We had plenty more places to check out, things to see, and tracks to investigate rather than risk our vehicles.
There was lots of logging activity, often the precursor to bauxite mining expansion and subsequent road closures/realignments.
Roadworks around Lane Poole necessitated a few turnarounds (exactly why we were here) and then it was on to the Park Entrance. The attendant at the pay station advised that Murray River Fireline was a bit rough. She looked at our small convoy and said, “But you’re going to do it anyway, aren’t you?”
Access to the Murray River Fireline via the usual track past Baden Powell was closed due to the same track works that had earlier stymied us. Bobs Crossing was open but required an unacceptably long trip via old Nanga townsite 13 km to the south and then a similar distance back to the north just to get to it. Another time.
We moved on to Driver Road crossing and investigated a few tracks to the east. A particularly difficult downslope full of deep gutters was the last obstacle tackled. Another situation unsuitable for ‘standard’ vehicles. I was then time to return to Cockburn.