Location: Jorgensen Park, Crescent Rd Kalamunda
Distance: 2.7km loop
Trail Marker: Red Triangle
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 10th July 2018
Kml Map File: Please click here.
Jorgensen Park is one of my favourite Paw-Friendly trails in Perth. It's located on the southern border of Kalamunda National Park and contains toilet and picnic facilities, including barbeques. The trail is easy to navigate and there is actually a small network of unofficial trails that run throughout the park providing you with plenty of variety to explore with your four legged friends.
The land on which Jorgensen Park now sits, was pioneered in 1895 by Jacob & Annie Schmitt. In 1928 residents from the shire of Kalamunda formed a golf club and took out a loan of £25 each to purchase 67 acres of the Schmitt’s orchard and 60 acres of reserve bushland for the golf course. The Kalamunda Golf Course was a popular challenging course that remained opened until 1972 when it was moved to Forrestfield. It is now used as public park and walk area. The park was named after Hedley Jorgensen, who was the son of one of the original buyers as well as maintaining the club president role for many years.
In some places the Jorgensen Park Walk Trail follows many of the old fairways, most are very obvious although not your typical lush green views. The trail also incorporates some of the Bibbulmun Track along the northern edge of the park.
Today is actually our eldest furry boy Nash's 12th birthday🐶
He has given us 12 years of wonderful memories, and hoping to squeeze out many more.
Blessed to have this loyal boy in our lives. He always stood up and assumed the role of man of the house when Dave use to work FIFO and still to this day has my back like nothing I have seen before. If I walk too far behind, he stops and waits for me to catch up. If I am up late doing work he will sleep in my office next to me until I go to bed, and only then will he assume his place on the floor at the foot of my side of the bed.
He loves his time outdoors just as much as we do so of course we had to head out today to one of our favourite parks and explore. Nash is getting older and as such long difficult trails can wear him out for days which is why we love Jorgensen Park so much. It's an easy trail.
Getting started on this trail is really quite simple, park your car in the car park of the Kalamunda Learning Centre at the end of Crescent Road. Don't leave any valuables in the car as break-ins are common unfortunately.
As I mentioned before, there is a whole little network of trails throughout this loop so you really can go any way you like but today we were also doing a bit of research so we could upload the trail to the Trails WA website so we stuck mostly to the actual loop trail with one detour, as shown by my Kml file. We made our way in an easterly direction along the main fairway on the right hand side and once we got to the Y fork we continued right passing by a small clump of Balga Trees and continued on route passing by houses and fences as we made our way down a gradual downhill slope. Lookout for the large Rock Boulder on the right hand side. It's a great photo opportunity.
From here we proceeded downhill before turning left, ignoring the trail off to the right which actually takes you down to Schipp Rd. There is actually a really nice outcrop about 25m down the track so if you have the time maybe pop over to check it out. I've used that section many times doing a loop down to Schipp Rd, across to Rocky Pool and then came back up through the Kalamunda National Park side back into Jorgensen Park but that's a blog for another day. Not long after we turned left we arrived at our detour. For the official loop continue straight but if you want beautiful views follow as we do. We have been popping out to this section for years but funny enough many people including some locals had no idea it existed. Basically you want to detour right at the large granite rock boulder. The trail is very obvious. The views of the Piesse Brook Valley can start to be seen through the trees from this point also.
We walked along a small trail down to a large open granite outcrop which overlooks the Beelu National Park and Piesse Brook Valley. I love the bent arched tree as we walk down, it's like a doorway to natures beauty. This place is heaven, perfect to watch the sunrise and even better on a full moon. I've added a few extra photos below from our last visit too just for a variety of views.
There wasn't a lot of colour around, probably a little too soon for Orchids but I did capture a few really nice shots of what we did see.
After spending some time reflecting on the beauty we continued along the trail which is also very obvious and heads North alone the ridge below Jorgensen Park. There are some really cool looking rock boulders here so give yourself time to explore.
The trail then heads back up towards the main route up and over a small rocky area and on to the old golf course where you turn right to continue along the main loop trail.
There are great views from the top of one of the old golfing fairways on the right at the this point. I find it pretty interesting imagining how golf would have been played back then. Not far down the main trail on the right hand side is where the loop diverts off the main track again, pay attention as it could easily be missed. There is a Red trail marker high in the tree on the right but it is just after the track.
From this point we continued to walk along a narrow track that was heading towards a look out over the Helena Valley. The Bibbulmun Track joins up from the left but continue straight ahead to the lookout. Both trails link up here and follow each other right through.
This is another favourite viewing spot to just chill and take it all in. On a cold winters morning the foggy mist that covers the valley makes for some awe inspiring views, but equally as beautiful on an early Summers day where the sun rises from the valley.
It's not long after the lookout when we come across a Dieback cleaning station, which is also the start og the Kalamunda National Park and where the Bibbulmun Track continues on down into the valley below.
Dieback is an introduced water mould that lives in soil and plant tissue. It kills susceptible vegetation by causing root rot and stopping the transfer of water and nutrients up the stem of the plant. Dieback can be found in suburban gardens, landscaped areas, golf courses, plant nurseries with poor hygiene practices, horticultural plantations and bushland. It has a deadly impact on many native species, including Eucalyptus and Banksia. Human activity in infested areas is the main method by which diseased soil is moved from place to place. The risk of spread is greatest during spring and autumn.
The City of Kalamunda is actively engaged in managing the impact and spread of dieback. Although there are effective treatments to slow the spread of Dieback, there is no known method to eradicate the pathogen however they have implemented a number of dieback control initiatives in bushland areas where dieback is present including the installation of boot cleaning stations as seen in the picture below.
Each cleaning station has instructions but typically contain brushes, scrapers and/or foot baths for cleaning your boots/shoes but the best way you can help reduce the spread of dieback is by staying on the tracks. Leave no Trace.
Once we had cleaned our shows we left the northern end of the park and started to make our way back to the carpark, passing more open fairways and forest sections of Parrot Bush and vibrant yellow Wattle which I chose to walk through instead of going down the middle of the fairway. Offers a little bit of privacy especially when there are lost of dogs around like there were today.
This section we also detoured as the main loop trail technically follows the Bibbulmun turning left but we chose to continue straight along the fairway back up the carpark. It was a nice grassy section and was good to see that redevelopment has started to take shape in the area. I believe the state government promised a few million to upgrade the facilities but they haven't put it in writing as yet so it's cause a few setbacks. I am sure it will all work ahead. It would be a shame to see this beautiful park let go.
Another beautiful trail in Perth Hills enjoyed, it's hard to believe it's Winter with blue skies like these. But I know the wet weather is on the way so have to make the most of it. If you haven't visited Jorgensen Park yet, don't delay for too much longer although I am sure the Wildflowers will start popping out in the next month or two so maybe just hold off till then.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.