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Bibbulmun Track Day Walk - Mount Cooke

Sullivan Rock to Mount Cooke Summit and back
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 5.903 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  This is one of a series of eight day walks on the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia. The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's... more »

Tips:  It's about 1.5 hours from Perth by car - take Albany Highway from Armadale to Sullivan Rock picnic area (9km south of the Jarrahdale... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Sullivan Road Car Access

Park on the western side of Albany Highway, 9km south of Jarrahdale Road. The walk up Sullivan Rock starts on the opposite side of the road. Please take extra care when crossing the road as this is a major highway. Follow the signs to the Bibbulmun Track (about 750m from the highway).

2. Sullivan Rock

Sullivan Rock is a spectacular granite outcrop that supports numerous rock pools containing unusual water plants. The prolific birdlife here includes ravens, grey currawongs, scarlet robins and fairy-wrens.

Follow the cairns (navigational rock pile) eastwards to the junction with the Bibbulmun Track.

3. Creek crossing

The kit bridge used on this crossing is one of many used to be more robust from destruction during a wildfire.

4. Trees and wildflowers

On this day walk you may encounter the species listed below.

Zamia palm (Zamia reidlei): A trunkless shrub with large palm-like leaves endemic to Western Australia. The nuts from the palm have been successfully utilised as food by indigenous Australians, however eaten raw by European explorers incurred poisoning

Bull banksia (Banksia grandis) is... More

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5. Mt Cooke Group Campsite

This campsite is designed for group use. There is a water tank, toilet and an undercover area but no sleeping shelter. The group campsite is around 700 metres north of the original Mt Cooke campsite and is visible from the Track.

6. Mt Cooke Campsite

The original shelter at Mount Cooke was built in autumn 1997 by volunteers from Dames and Moore Group, with funding from a Regional Development Grant, but was destroyed in the 2003 Mt Cooke fire along with Nerang campsite to the south.

The new shelter was built by volunteers from the WA Rogaining Association in 2004 at the new location. Remains ... More

7. Boot Cleaning Station

Boot cleaning stations are provided to ensure that when leaving diseased areas bushwalkers do not carry the Dieback pathogen into uninfested areas. PLEASE BE SURE TO CLEAN YOUR BOOTS AND WALKING STICKS.

Dieback and Disease Risk Areas
Dieback is a plant disease caused by the root rot pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi, which thrives in moist soil... More

8. Mount Cooke northern side

Ascend through rocks and butter gums with views north-west and south-west. You will soon reach the Mt Cooke ridge featuring massive jumbles of granite boulders.

9. Mount Cooke summit

At 582m above sea level, Mt Cooke summit is the highest point of the Darling Range. The granite is over four billion years old, making the area one of the oldest exposed granite surfaces in the world. The massive rock boulders are evidence of India tearing away from Australia about 100 million years ago. There is no view from the summit.

10. Mount Cooke eastern view

11. Mount Cooke western view

12. Ornate crevice dragon

The ornate crevice dragon (Ctenophorus ornatus) can be seen head-bobbing and arm-waving on exposed granite slabs. Males are dark brown to black and the females grey to pale brown. Males also have a black chest plate that they flash to attract females when head bobbing.

13. Cave

This cave has been used by walkers past, use it at your own risk.

14. Southern side of Mount Cooke

The southern face of Mt Cooke is both elevated and at the mercy of wind erosion. The plants that inhabit this area have evolved to take advantage of the small pockets of soil, whether they be around boulder jumbles or cracks in the granite slab. Please don't disturb the soil or remove any rocks. Please remember to Leave No Trace.