Despite the title of this Road Trip it was not just a drive on bitumen roads from bakery to bakery. It was a genuine 4WD trip with plenty of challenging, tight, overgrown tracks and spectacular scenery is some of the prettiest parts of Western Australia.
Day 1 Saturday 12 September 2020
We left Byford and headed up the Darling Scarp on Boyd Road to North Dandalup Dam for a quick look.
The drive down the Darling Scarp on Whittaker Road offers great views across the coastal plain. We crossed the South West Highway and took back roads through dairy farming country to Pinjarra.
At Burekup we turned onto Henty Road. This scenic route offers fantastic views of the Ferguson Valley and across the coastal plain to the coast. Lunch was at the third Bakery Stop – Dardanup.
After lunch we found a tiny track through the Dardanup Conservation Park.
This track brought us out onto Ironstone Road where we continued through the beautiful Ferguson Valley to Wellington Mill.
One of the State’s quirkiest tourist attractions is just down the road – Gnomesville.
From this quaint little tourist attraction we headed to the King Jarrah Tree, the largest tree in the Wellington State Forest.
Leaving this magnificent tree, we followed the track through the forest and turned onto Corbett Road. A few kilometres along the road, farmland appears on the right. At the corner of this property the track leaves the fenceline and becomes tight and overgrown.
It has been a few years since any vehicles have been along the track although it clearly was a major track at same time in the past. It opens out after about 1.7 kilometres.
We headed south to Grimwade and then Balingup, the fourth Bakery Stop. There are two bakeries/cafes here.
The road from Balingup to Nannup is one of the great drives of Australia. Every sweeping bend offers a wonderful view of forests or farmland. The river on one side, tall lush slopes on the other. Popular with motorcycle and driving enthusiasts alike, the 41 kilometres between the two towns has 90 bends.
Our overnight stay was at the Riverbend Caravan Park in Nannup.
Day 2 Sunday 13 September 2020
We took Mowen Road out of Nannup, heading for Capel – first Bakery Stop of the day.
Capel Bakery was a little overwhelmed at the sudden influx of so many customers.
Out of Boyanup through forest and farms and into the Ferguson Valley.
Richards Road (track) ends at the Forest Discovery Centre and from this location we took on the biggest challenge of the weekend – a section of powerline track.
Out of the powerline track, through the stunning Ferguson Valley again and onto Harvey through back country roads.
The Road Trip finished at Harvey. Great weather, stunning scenery, pleasant company and good four wheel driving made for a top weekend.
Kim – Holden Rodeo Dual Cab Trayback
Brad and Jane – Toyota Landcruiser Troopy Camper
Tania – Isuzu DMax Dual Cab Ute
Jodie and Keren – Toyota Landcruiser 100 Series Wagon
Paul and Imogen – Nissan Y62 Patrol Wagon
Steve and Linda – Mazda BT50 Dual Cab Ute
Nick and Fiona – Toyota Hilux Dual Cab Ute
Nathan and Kirsty Barkell – Mitsubishi Triton Dual Cab Ute
Justin and Amy – Volkswagen Amarok Dual Cab Ute
Andrew and Joanne – Toyota Prado Wagon
Mushy and Vicky – Toyota Landcruiser Troopy
© Cockburn 4WD Club 2020
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