Northcliffe - Walpole

Yirra Karta means "high mountains" in the traditional language, and at this hut is an impressive granite dome that has significance to the traditional owners. The next hut, Kwokralup Beela, which is the traditional name for the area and river is 50km along the Trail. The nearby rapids are of significance to the traditional owners as well. The indigenous group that lived in and around the Walpole Nornalup area were called the Minang meaning "southerners" or people of the south.

Fernhook Falls is located along the Deep River, which is one of the main tributaries of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. There is a summer use only crossing, which bypasses the Falls, or you can ride along the alternative route which is easy to follow and. The Falls are situated in the Mount Frankland National Park, part of the Walpole Wilderness Area, about forty kilometres north of Walpole. It is a popular swimming and picnic spot in summer, and during winter the Falls are a magnificent sight and sound. Below the Falls are walk trails and board walks for safe access to the river for swimming.

The 20 km round trip detour to Mt Frankland can be a bit tough with some pea gravel. The 1.2 km return Summit trail to the towerman's lookout on the 422-metre peak is strenuous- to get there you will need to climb a ladder and over 300 steep steps. However the views make it worthwhile - on a clear day you can see the Porongurup and Stirling ranges in the east and the Southern Ocean to the south, and 360 degree views of the Walpole Wilderness area.

The Walpole Wilderness Area is a group of 13 national parks and conservation reserves that includes vast tracts of jarrah, tingle and karri forests surrounding granite peaks, rivers, heathlands, and wetlands. Coastal features include inlets and sandy beaches, sheer cliffs and the Southern Ocean. It is 363,333 hectares (3,633 km²) in area and stretches from near Augusta in the west to Denmark in the east. The Munda Biddi enters it at the South West highway and leaves it at Denmark.

Swarbrick Recreation site features a selection of art exhibits designed to "challenge your perception of wilderness". It ranges from a sculpture depicting an Aboriginal message sticks to a giant suspended ring, the Golden Torus. The 500m walk also includes the 'Wilderness Wall of Perceptions'. This 39 metre long, stainless steel wall features more than 30 forest related quotes from the past 100 years, with dates of political events relating to forest management and wilderness. This recreation site and walk is a great place to stop and relax after riding up the big hill.

Follow My Ride offers a detailed description of this section of the Trail that will give you a good idea of what parts of the Trail are like.

For more information on cycling from Northcliffe to Walpole, go to the Section by Section Guide.