The Western Australian 4WD Association organised a ‘4WD Gathering’ at Dowerin over the weekend of 11-13 July 2014. The venue was the same ground used for the Dowerin Field Days.
Planned activities included a suspension challenge, driving on a purpose built 4WD course, campfire, singer and a Tour of the surrounding area. Unfortunately the person who was going to lead the Tour didn’t turn up.
One of the Organisers handed me a A4 sheet of location names and asked if I could lead a Tour that would encompass the places on the list. No map. It was beyond my capabilities – but I had earlier prepared a trip to Dingo Rock.
And so it was that five Members of the Western Patrol Club and three from the Mitsubishi 4WD Club made a half day Trek to Wongan Hills and return.
We left Dowerin and followed the bitumen to Ejanding. At Ejanding I found the railway access track and followed it to Moonjin. From there it was dirt roads to Dingo Rock. Little is known about the naming of this feature although it is now a Nature Reserve.
After climbing to top and taking photographs of the great views over wonderfully green paddocks, we returned to the carpark and headed into Wongan Hills. Next stop was Lake Ninan, a little gem of the wheatbelt.
We then worked our way to the railway at Kalguddering and headed south on the access track. There was enough water on the track to make the drive interesting and one bog hole in particular needed one’s full attention.
We left the access track and returned to the sealed Wongan Hills Goomalling Road. It was then only a short 23 kilometre trip on the black top back to Dowerin.
Text by Kim Epton