Mar 28

Great Southern Road Trip

Start Date
28-Mar-2024 5:00 pm
End Date
06-Apr-2024 5:00 pm
Timezone
(UTC+08:00) Australia/Perth

Day 1 – Cockburn to Wellington Dam

Arrive in the afternoon/evening at Potters Gorge, Wellington Dam. For those who arrive earlier there are plenty of 4WD tracks around the dam.

Day 2 – Wellington Dam to Winnejup

South from Wellington Dam to the King Jarrah Tree, Wellington Mill and Gnomesville before a great drive east through beautiful jarrah forest to Glen Mervyn Dam.

South to the famous Mumby Pub and then head out along the Donnybrook Boyup Brook Road through rich farming country and jarrah forest to Trigwell Bridge on the beautiful Blackwood River. A portion of this route will be along the abandoned Great Southern Railway.

Cross the Blackwood River at Eulin Crossing and then again at Condingup Crossing before checking out an historic ‘Survey Tree’, fundamental to the establishment of property boundaries in the area.

Our route to Greenbushes takes us through jarrah forest and a magnificent grove of mature Grasstrees. The lithium mine at Greenbushes is one of the world’s largest. Leave via Greenbushes Pool and then climb up Hester Cascades Road to the timber mill hamlet of Hester - a great drive. Towards the end of the day we will visit Jayes via Flax Road and then head to our camp at Winnejup Falls.

Day 3 – Winnejup to Eco Park, Nornalup

We leave our camp via beautiful rolling hills through the Blackwood Valley along Tweed Road.

A combination of highway and bush tracks takes us to the mill town of Pemberton from where we head to the first of our beach adventures – the famous Yeagarup Dunes and Beach. Depending on whether we can cross the Warren River we will climb the fearsome Callcup Hill or be forced to return up Yeagarup Hill.

After our beach run and a short drive through the forest we will head to the Great Forest Trees Drive via Northcliffe. Next up is Mount Frankland in the world famous Walpole Wilderness Area, then through dairy farming country to Walpole before our overnight stop at Eco Park, Nornalup – bush camping with facilities.

The next day heralds four days of beach runs, interspersed with visits to wineries, lookouts and bush tracks.

Day 4 Walpole-Frankland River-Blue Holes-Peaceful Bay

The 100 kilometre Frankland River Circuit, specifically designed for this Road Trip, is a standout, showcasing 12 highlights of the Walpole surrounds.

The Hilltop Lookout across Walpole Inlet is the first highlight. Just a short distance along the track is the stop for the giant, walk through Tingle Tree. Next is Circular Pool on the Frankland River.

The return journey along a forest track by the Frankland River is simply stunning – old growth forest, giant tingle and karri trees, tight turns, steep climbs and descents, and the wonderful Monastery Pool.

Cross the South Coastal Highway and drive to the southern edge of Australia and the spectacular Conspicuous Cliffs before heading to the Ancient Empire and the renowned Tree Top Walk.

On completion of the Frankland River Circuit we move onto some great four wheel driving into Bellanger Beach (Blue Holes), followed up with more beach work at Peaceful Bay.

Day 5 Greens Pool-Madfish Bay-Parry Beach-Boat Harbour-Quarrum Beaches

The popular Green Pool/Madfish Bay is well worth a visit from where we’ll move on to four wheel tracks to Boat Harbour and the Quarrum Beaches.

Parry Beach leads the way to Mazoletti Beach but the path can be difficult. Time and tides will be the determinants.

Day 6 Lights Beach-Ocean Beach-Denmark Wineries

Lights Beach offers three stunning beaches accessible from a single location, though not by vehicle. Leaving this popular location a bush track connects to Ocean Beach at Denmark. Beach access is dependent on tides.

We’ll tour some of the popular wineries in the Scotsdale area before heading to camp.

Day 7 Lowlands Beach-Bornholm-Torbay-Shelley Beach-Mutton Bird Landing-Albany

Travel east along the South Coast Highway from Denmark to Lower Denmark Road and the West Cape National Park. We’ll visit Shelley Beach and the lookout – a hang glider launch point.

Leaving Shelley Beach we’ll venture to Torbay Head, most southerly point of WA. It’s a rough track and a challenging test of four wheel driving ability.

Back on the bitumen for a short run to beautiful, tranquil Cosy Corner. East of here, among a maze of tracks, one leads to the beach for a 3.5 kilometre run on the sand, exiting at Mutton Bird Lookout.

The day ends in Albany.

Day 8 Albany Highlights-Castle Rock

A free morning to explore Albany’s highlights. Frenchmans Bay – The Gap, Natural Bridge, The Blowholes, Jimmy Newell Harbour and Albany Windfarm. Enjoy the fantastic views from Mount Clarence and soak up the history of the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, a tribute to the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and elsewhere in World War One.

Leaving Albany the route is north along Chester Pass Road to the Porongorups and the spectacular Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock. The beautiful path to the Skywalk takes two hours (return) and is worth every step.

The Road Trip continues to the overnight stop at Stirling Range Retreat.

Day 9 Bluff Knoll-Stirling Drive-Frankland River Wineries-Lake Muir-Red Lake

An early morning climb of Bluff Knoll the highest peak in the south of WA. The easy climb to the summit is three/four hours return and the reward is magnificent 360 degree views of the Great Southern.

A lunchtime departure along Stirling Range Drive, one of Western Australia’s great drives, to the Frankland River wine region. An easy afternoon, visiting Lake Muir on the way to camp at Red Lake.

Day 10 Red Lake to Cockburn

The route home is via Boyup Brook, Grimwade, and Donnybrook to the Forrest Highway.

Trip Manager
Kim Epton

Trip Grade
https://www.cockburn4wdclub.org.au/grading-of-trips

Distance
2000 kilometres approximately.

Vehicle Limit
12. Participation is by order of nomination.

Meeting Time
1700 / 5.00 p.m. 28 March 2024. Advise the Trip Manager by mobile if you are delayed.

Meeting Point
BP Truck Stop, Baldivis.

UHF Channel
14 (alternative is 15).

What to Bring
Standard recovery gear and camping gear. You need to be self-sufficient in respect of food and water.

Accommodation
Combination of bush camps and caravan parks

National Parks
William Bay NP

Photographs
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Disclaimer
The Cockburn 4WD Club Inc and the Trip Manager do not accept liability for any loss, damage or injury to persons or property arising from participating in this Trip. While all due care will be taken, no responsibility will be accepted.

Vehicle Damage and/or Recovery
Your vehicle may be damaged and/or become inoperable/immobile and other participants in the Trip will make ‘best endeavours’ to repair it or get it to a populated place or another place where commercial recovery can be effected. The ultimate cost of damage/recovery is your responsibility.

Conduct
If you act inappropriately while on the Trip, you will be asked to leave.

Attendance
If you intend to be a participant in this Trip hit the Register button above. If you need more information to make a decision, contact the Trip Manager.

Event Type
Extended Trip

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