Starting from the Nanga Mill Campground off Nanga Road, Nanga Brook, this walk takes you on a circuit through the Murray River Valley via Murray Valley Road, North Junction Form, King Jarrah Form and the King Jarrah Walk Trail. The King Jarrah Circuit is an enjoyable trail within Lane Poole Reserve, through a mixture of jarrah and banksia dominated forest. The highlight of this walk is the 'King Jarrah', a 300-600 year old jarrah tree standing 47 metres tall, with a diameter of almost 2.7 metres. From Nanga Mill, the trail heads clockwise on Murray Valley Road, keeping to the Murray River as it weaves south down North Junction Form through the imposing forest of jarrahs, the King's younger relatives. Look up for birds flitting through the treetops and look down for the fungi growing brightly on the tree trunks and forest floor. The trail veers right at Big Brook, leading onto King Jarrah Form, the final stretch before a steep ascent to the ancient and iconic King Jarrah tree. The walk continues along the ridge offering good views of the valley below before descending steeply back to the campground. The track is best suited to moderately experienced walkers, with a long distance to be covered and some steep ascents and descents. There's plenty of signage along the way, and facilities at Nanga Mill include a car park, toilets and camping areas. Dogs are allowed, as long as they're kept on a leash. If you'd prefer to tackle the tougher climb section of the circuit walk first, head anti-clockwise from the start point at Nanga Mill. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Pinjarra Williams Road then drive for 24.3 km
Turn right onto Nanga Road and drive for another 12 km
Turn sharp left onto Murray Valley Road and drive for another 540 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the southeastern corner of designated camping spots next to paved roads in Nanga Brook Campground(near the entry 1 trailhead signpost), head west towards the woodland along Murray Valley Road. As you get closer to the river, veer right at the intersection. After about 105 metres keep right and go through the gate to continue along King Jarrah Circuit(clockwise).....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Murray Valley Road.
After another 570 m (at the intersection of North Junction Form & Murray Valley Road) turn right, to head along North Junction Form.
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along North Junction Form.
After another 20 m head through/around the gate.
After another 480 m come to the "Stringers" (145 m on your left).
After another 65 m pass the toilet (130 m on your left).
After another 4.8 km come to the "Christmas Brook Confluence" (30 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along North Junction Form.
After another 1.4 km continue straight, to head along North Junction Form.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the foreshore of Murray River. Might require some bush-bashing at the end. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along North Junction Form.
After another 880 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 910 m (at the intersection of King Jarrah Form & South Junction Form) turn right, to head along King Jarrah Form.
After another 400 m continue straight, to head along King Jarrah Form.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Dawn Creek Road & King Jarrah Form) turn left, to head along King Jarrah Form.
After another 335 m (at the intersection of Dawn Creek Road & King Jarrah Walk Trail) turn right, to head along King Jarrah Walk Trail (a walking track).
After another 90 m pass the "King Jarrah Walk Trail Entry II" (6 m on your left).
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of King Jarrah Walk Trail & Dawn Creek Road) continue straight, to head along King Jarrah Walk Trail.
After another 1.1 km continue straight, to head along King Jarrah Walk Trail.
After another 980 m continue straight, to head along King Jarrah Walk Trail.
After another 3.5 km (at the intersection of Murray Valley Road & King Jarrah Walk Trail) turn right, to head along Murray Valley Road (a vehicle track).
After another 25 m come to "King Jarrah Walk Trail Entry I".
This optional side trip takes you to the foreshore of Murray River. Might require some bush-bashing at the end.
Directions & comments
After another 45 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
King Jarrah Circuit
4 h to 6 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.8 km apart with the largest gap of 11.3 km.