Whether your looking for a night or two away from Perth, or you’re travelling through the south of WA on your trip, Dwellingup is the perfect place to spend a few days exploring and relaxing. Based around the Murray River there is plenty to see and do to please what ever you’re into. Whether it be 4x4ing, Hiking, Mountain Bike Riding, Canoeing or simply just relaxing around your campsite this place has it all.
During Marron season this is also a very popular spot but you do need a licence to carry it out.
With an endless number of camp sites you’re almost always guaranteed a spot but be wary when it is a long weekend or school holidays as this is a very popular spot and tends to fill up quite quickly !
Our trip started on a Friday arvo after work when we decided to head down to spend a night, to try out the Captain Fawcett 4×4 track the next day. The majority of the track follows old railway embankments where the old timber trains would haul trees to various timber mills and you can still see the old railway track in some parts. All up, the track is around the 90km mark and takes anywhere between 3-4 hours to complete, but there are plenty of opportunities to get off early if you’re only looking at doing a half day.
This track has it all from minor creek crossings to rutted out sections and some nice hill climbs plus plenty of nice spots along the Murray river to stop and have lunch. Along the track you will see old settlers trestle bridges, historic farmhouses and some of the best jarrah forests. Before starting the track we recommend calling into the Dwellingup Information Centre to see what the track conditions are because as you can imagine the amount of people who use the track makes the ruts quite deep in some places and some sections quite challenging. Also after a wet winter some parts of the track can become rather deep and very muddy, although to our knowledge the track has recently been fixed and the hard sections made a little easier to allow it to be more enjoyable. Another benefit to calling into the Information Centre is to get a track pamphlet which has a track legend and map, this is also available online.
One of the best things about this track is that there are markers along the way so you can make sure you are heading the right way and don’t get lost ! I know you are most likely thinking how can you get lost on one track but believe me it does happen when your constantly coming across little firebreaks and your always stopping to look at things. All up it was a good day with no vehicle damage from the track and no one getting stuck, we will defiantly be returning !
Article & image by Michael Frew