MOUNT FRANKLAND NATIONAL PARK

 

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GPS 34 48 47 S 116 48 41 E

 

 

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Toilets available Wheel chair access provided Tables and / or seats and / or shelters provided Fire places or BBQs available Pets prohibited Sight seeing area Walk trails

 

 

 

 

This park is part of the Walpole Wilderness Area and Mount Frankland was named by Dr. Thomas Wilson in 1829 after the Surveyor General of Tasmania, George Frankland. The Aboriginal name for the mountain is Caldyanup. The parks covers some 31,000 Ha.

The mountain is surrounded by karri, tingle and jarrah forest that supports more than 50 species of birds.

Mount Frankland North was established in 2004 and is bordered by Mount Roe National Park to the east and Lake Muir National Park to the north. Mount Frankland South National park was established in the same year and contains the Walpole Wilderness Discovery site at Swarbrick. Swarbrick forest contains some of the tallest and oldest trees in Australia.

There are seven national parks that make up the Walpole wilderness area including D'Entrecasteaux, and Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

The nearest campground is located at Fernhook Falls. Fernhook Falls is located on the Deep River that has an almost completely forested catchment. The campsite is only suitable for tents.

There is a walk trail leading to the summit that takes about 30-40 minutes one way. It is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. The area is still very undeveloped and from the summit it is almost possible to imagine what this region was like before European settlement as there is virtually no sign of human encroachment.

Walk trail details:

Towerman's Hut Walk.
Distance: 200 metres return
Time: 10 minutes
Class: 1 Suitable for wheelchairs.

Wilderness View Lookout.
Distance: 600 metres return
Time: 20 minutes
Class: 1 Suitable for wheelchairs.

Summit Walk
Distance: 1.2 kilometres return
Time: 40 minutes
Class: 4 Difficult. (ladder and over 300 steep steps)

Soho Lookout and Caldyanup Trail.
Distance: 1.6 km return
Time: 40 minutes
Class: 3 Moderately difficult.

** Note: The title 'mountain' or 'mount' given to various features in Western Australia can be a bit misleading. No hill or mount in W.A. is higher than 1251 metres so expecting mountains such as those encountered in Europe or Asia may lead to some disappointment.

 


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