Old Chimney Trail Loop

45 min to 1 h
20 min to 40 min

2.8 km
circuit

↑ 74 m
↓ -74 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park off Carters Road, Margaret River, this walk takes you on a circuit within Wooditjup National Park via the Chimney Trail. Following the Pink Boot trail markers, the trail starts by gently weaving its way along Bramley Brook. As you continue along, Bramley Brook remains to your left, and the trail provides lovely photo opportunities thanks to multiple access points to the river. The environment changes from Karri forest to a much drier looking Jarrah and Marri forest as you approach the namesake for the trail, the old chimney. After passing the chimney, the trail runs uphill into the forest, passing the Wharncliffe Mill. The flora here is significantly more varied than the first section. At the top of the hill, there are amazing views overlooking the forest as it descends down to the Bramley Brook valley. The trail then snakes its way downhill through more Karri forest, leading back to the car park. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
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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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.9339682,115.0686162)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bussell Highway
  • Turn on to Carters Road then drive for 1.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the carpark off Carters Road, Margaret River, head past the wooden fence towards the informative shelter, then turn right at the 'Chimney Trail' sign and head along the dirt trail. About 20 metres later, keep left at the fork after passing by a white “Gatekeeper Project” sign (to your right). Follow the Chimney Trail ahead, looking out for the Pink Boot trail markers and keeping Bramley Brook to your left, and continue the Old Chimney Trail Loop(clockwise). This is the described direction of travel.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a car park (about 6 m back from the start).
After another 30 m continue straight.
Keep left.
After another 640 m continue straight.
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Wadandi Track & Fluid) continue straight, to head along Wadandi Track.
After another 90 m turn right.
After another 225 m find the "Old Chimney - Wahrncliffe Mill" (40 m on your left).
Old Chimney - Wahrncliffe Mill
Old Chimney - Wahrncliffe Mill

A short detour leads to an old chimney along the trail. The chimney was part of Keenan's No.1 Mill, the first pine sawmill in Margaret River. It was being used till a new mill was constructed nearby in 1697. The round chimney is all that is left from the former mill. It still looks pretty sturdy for its age, although nature is slowly starting to claim it through little saplings growing out of the mortar.
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A short detour leads to an old chimney along the trail. The chimney was part of Keenan's No.1 Mill, the first pine sawmill in Margaret River. It was being used till a new mill was constructed nearby in 1697. The round chimney is all that is left from the former mill. It still looks pretty sturdy for its age, although nature is slowly starting to claim it through little saplings growing out of the mortar.

Veer left.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Bussell Highway. Details below.
After another 35 m turn right.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Chimney Trail.
After another 360 m find the "Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat" (45 m on your left).
Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat
Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat

RAC Margaret River Nature Park is enriched with history, being home to the Wharncliffe Saw Mill that was constructed in 1967. This mill has excellent amenities, yet still has a natural vibe to it due to its surroundings. There is a cafe, kiosk, free Wi-Fi, hot showers, flushing toilets, kitchens and campfire pits present.
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RAC Margaret River Nature Park is enriched with history, being home to the Wharncliffe Saw Mill that was constructed in 1967. This mill has excellent amenities, yet still has a natural vibe to it due to its surroundings. There is a cafe, kiosk, free Wi-Fi, hot showers, flushing toilets, kitchens and campfire pits present.

After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Chimney Trail.
After another 60 m veer left, to head along Chimney Trail.
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Chimney Trail.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Chimney Trail & Fluid) continue straight, to head along Chimney Trail.
After another 590 m continue straight.
Keep left.
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Chimney Trail.
After another 35 m veer left.
After another 20 m come to the end.

An alternate access point from/to Bussell Highway.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 6 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Old Chimney Trail Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.8 km
Time 45 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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