Dwellingup, Lane Poole Reserve.
Distance from Perth: 126 km
Nearest fuel: Dwellingup 15 km north
from the start of the track & Waroona 22 km west from the track.
Size: Lane Poole Reserve covers an
area of more than 54,000 hectares.
length is 69 km in total (gravel roads and bush tracks), snaking south along
the western side of the Murray river then crossing the Murray heading
the eastern side to "Tony’s Bend", camp sites, water fall and a big
open area of river to swim in.
Time to allow.
for either a day trip or an overnighter at any of the DEC camp sites.
took us from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm to complete (only 2 4x4's), this included stopping
at many of the locations along the river (too many to see all),
we also spent a
good hour and a half at the water falls relaxing with my camera and a few cold
Lane Poole Reserve & Dwellingup State
south of Dwellingup is Lane Poole Reserve, this area has plenty of camp sites
with facilities and right through the middle of Lane Poole Reserve is the
Murray river stretching from north to south.
The river is the main attraction
as it flows strong all year round and has big wide open areas which are great
for swimming, canoeing and rafting in winter.
Nearby Camp Sites:
Dwellingup Chalets & Caravan Park
Waroona Caravan Village
Lane-Poole Camp sites
(DEC camp site):
Eastern side of Murray River:
Baden Powell camp site
Flat camp site
Swamp Oak camp site
Bend camp site
Stringers camp site
Eastern side of Murray River:
Nanga Mill camp site
Lake Navarino Forest Resort & Camp
Dwellingup, Lane Poole 4x4ing.
track we have outlined and explored is good fun in summer but would be 10 times
better in winter.
We drove the tracks in summer (JAN summer of 2013) and it was still muddy in areas.
Our last trip here was July 2013 and as you can see on some of the photos very wet.
Deep ruts appeared to be common along the way with a
few holes which would turn into bog holes in winter and plenty of steep hill
The track we outlined starts on the western side of the Murray River and
actually continues out of Lane Poole Reserve into Dwellingup State Forest,
crossing the Murray River and then renters Lane Poole Reserve on the eastern
side of the Murray River.
4 wheel drives with at least 2 inch lifts would be recommended for this track.
Ruts are quite common along the track.
Western side of the Murray river.
the track snakes along the Murray heading south, multiple little turn offs on
the left hand side lead down to the river, most of these little access roads
are very, very steep and usually rutted out.
Take good care in winter if
entering one as it will be real easy for a 4WD to end up "upside
Some of these have river ropes for swinging into the river, we didn't try these
and would not recommended using them without checking what lays
water, also keep in mind the river will be shallower in summer. In other words
"use at own risk".
These little spots along the river are great for stopping and relaxing for a
bit or perhaps lunch. Just make sure no rubbish is left behind.
Keeping left at every Y junction will keep you on track to the Murray River
See bottom for detailed GPS points (enter them in Google maps).
Murray River Crossing, Dwellingup State Forest
Murray River Crossing in Summer crossing from East to West.
This is the half way mark! If in spring summer "it's a piece of cake" to cross, more than likely just knee height water levels.
However!! If its winter and a fair amount of rain have fallen, the thought of
crossing the river will worry most people and you really can't blame them. We
crossed this exact spot in winter of 2010 (not the wettest year I might add)
and the top of my snorkel was only about 200 mm from the water at the deepest
IF YOU CAN'T WALK IT DON'T CROSS IT!!
IF you’re NOT SURE and have never done it before DON'T CROSS IT!!
If you see someone else cross it pick the same line, now this won't always
work, especially if the 4x4 before you had a massive lift and massive tires in
other words very different setup, but you should get the idea.
What it does have going for it is the solid river bed, it's all hard packed
gravel and rocks with very little sand.
Large rocks along the north side of the crossing and a wide tree should keep
the vehicle from drifting down stream if it goes pear shaped, but this is only
If you do cross it while it’s deep you will have adrenalin pumping through your
veins for sure! It’s an awesome feeling once you make it across!!
BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY RIVER CROSSING SEE RIVER CROSSING
Murray River Crossing in Winter.
Eastern side of the Murray River.
over the east side Murray river head north along Pascoe rd. and take the second
left at Lemercier rd, from here just keep heading north until the T junction at
Murray rd. Turn left onto Murray rd and continue north, when you hit the
intersection at Howse drive you will have 2 choices.
Keep heading north to the exit or to Tony’s bend camping area and Nanga Falls.
Head west on Howse rd and turn right (north) before the bridge and follow the
Murray River in a north direction, this area is unexplored by us for now, (stay
turned for later this year after a winter trip) there is sure to be some great
challenges to be had! If you choose this option by checking Google maps you
will be able to see Allen rd. Allen rd will get you back to Murray rd.
Heading north (1st choice) along Murray road for about 12.3 km turn left onto
Wallace road (or keep going north on Murray rd for the highway exit close to Dwellingup),
this will take you to Tony’s bend camp site and Nanga Falls.
Before you get to the camp sites there are a few challengers on the left hand
side half way in. You won't miss them! They are big hill climb challengers at
the pine plantations.
Good fun in summer (heart pumping stuff), in winter
unless equipped with lockers front and rear with a bit of dare devil enthusiasm
I wouldn't recommend trying!
Water cascading at Island pool.
Continuing to Tony’s bend, Island Pool and Nanga falls which are great in summer for a swim or canoe, the water falls/cascades (2 of) should look very spectacular in winter after big down pours.
Murray River log.
Track conditions and difficulty:
Easy- Medium in summer, Medium-Hard
The gravel roads are well maintained; the tracks are rutted and have gullies
along the way with the odd creek crossing.
Low range and high range gear is used about half each as sections in between
are smooth, but don't let this fool you as around the next corner there will be
a gully or set of ruts waiting for you!
Recommended psi is 22-25 this allows most 4x4s to travel up to about 60-70 on
the gravel roads and still provides great traction on the tracks.
Please see the river crossing page on our site before attempting to cross any rivers.
In winter travel with at least one other vehicle!
Different terrains change all the time due to weather and track usage.
check sand dunes and other tricky areas such as ruts, rocks, off camber tracks
or any other unseen or uncertain part of a location/track.
We recommend reading
this page which educates how to tackle different types of terrain:
Nissan Patrol In Mud Barrel.
Things to do at Dwellingup.
good enjoyable day out 4 wheel driving
Test your skills and conquer the track in winter
Conquer the deep Murray River crossing in winter
What to bring.
compressor, rated recovery gear, shovel, garden saw or machete, sunscreen, bush
hat, plenty of water and CB radios (no phone coverage for most of the track).
Camping gear, if staying overnight or the weekend.
Best time to go.
Winter for a more action pack 4 wheeling weekend!
Toyota Hilux Descending A Steep Hill.
Dwellingup GPS Way Points.
GPS way points (use these with Google
earth to give you a clear direction & we highly recommend entering these
into your off road GPS (if you have one):
Download Google Earth here:
are GPS way points broken up into West side, river crossing and East side:
For information about How to enter the GPS Way-points into Google Earth see this video.
For information about How to enter the GPS Way-points into Google Earth
see this video.
West Side Tracks and
Entry and starting point of Nanga rd (In Dwellingup)):
Longitude: 116° 4'16.52"E
WP2: Off Nanga rd entrance (this is left turn which takes
you in an east direction immediately. It’s hard to see on Google earth but it
Longitude: 116° 5'23.61"E
From this exact way point head south (turn right):
Longitude: 116° 7'19.95"E
WP4: Turn left
heading north-northeast and keep to any Y junctions on left hand side (avoid
right hand tracks):
Longitude: 116° 9'2.68"E
WP5: keep heading south staying on the track closest to the
WP6: at this way point head south (turning left):
Longitude: 116° 9'57.38"E
WP7: T junction at Driver rd head east (turning left):
Longitude: 116° 9'26.00"E
WP8: Driver rd & Muddy Landing rd head south (turning
right), if you see a bridge you have missed the turn:
Muddy Landing rd & unnamed track head south (turning left):
WP10: A short drive
south along the unnamed track head east (turning the first left):
WP11: Y junction, bearing/turning left:
WP12: keep straight on this track along side the river:
WP13: from this way point bear left
WP14: From here head east (turning left):
WP15: Head east (bearing left):
Pathfinder Descending One of Many Hills.
WP16: Big hill
WP17: River crossing entry, Head east (turning left and keep
going until you reach the river):
Latitude: 33° 0'43.09"S
The River Crossing:
WP18: The Murray River Crossing:
So the river is too deep! no
need to worry just head further south until you reach Harvey-Quindanning rd,
this will take you to straight to Harvey & the South Western Highway.
could head up to Driver rd and cross the bridge which is a bit of back tracking.
(driver road bridge -Latitude: 32°56'38.32"S Longitude:
Latitude: 33° 0'38.47"S
East Side Tracks
WP19: Straight after the crossing head north (Bearing left),
along Pascoe rd:
Latitude: 33° 0'33.74"S
WP20: Lemercier rd & Pascoe rd. Options Head west back
towards the Murray River (no way points yet) or continue north on Pascoe rd:
Pascoe rd and Murray rd intersection, head west (turning left). Stay on Murray
rd until you reach WP22:
WP22: Murray rd and
Wallace rd. For Camp sites (Tony’s Bend and Water Falls) head west turning left
onto Wallace rd.
For the exit keep going north on Murray rd until you hit the highway,
from there air up and travel home:
WP23: On the way to Tony’s Bend are the Pine tree plantation
hill climbs, there are 7 of them here. We conquered did the western most one as
it seemed to be the biggest. This way point is for the 7th hill
Longitude: 116° 9'0.92"E
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