The SW and NE flanks of Bannister Hill provide some excellent views along this walk route, including to the Boonerring and Kimberling (White Horse) Hills 13-15km to the NW. On the SW flank of the Hill the route follows an extensive, sloping granite outcrop for about 600m, giving plenty of opportunity to enjoy the views. In the NE, the route also follows Galway Creek (may be flowing in winter-early spring) through wandoo woodland for a short section. The route also crosses a number of other (usually dry) stream gullies and laterite breakaways.
Bannister Hill (elevation 488m) is located within a relatively small area of State Forest (Gyngoorda Block) which is bounded by the Albany Hwy in the SW, the North Bannister-Wandering Rd in the north, and farmland in the east. Despite the small area, the vegetation here is more varied than in the jarrah-marri forests to the north and includes picturesque open wandoo woodlands on several of the slopes and in the gullies, while mainly open jarrah-marri forest (with patches of parrot bush) dominates the higher areas. A survey station marker cairn of laterite boulders on the summit of Bannister Hill was erected in 1941 by the Royal Australian Survey Corps.
Although the walk is only 12.5km in length, allow about 4½ hours including rest stops. The uphill walking involves only gentle to medium grade slopes.
This walk area was once included as part of the proposed Gyngoorda Conservation Park. Unfortunately approved expansions of bauxite mining across much of the Darling Range will now instead eventually affect most of the Bannister Hill area and northward to near North Bannister-Wandering Rd. A planned new conveyor belt route will also traverse part of the Gyngoorda block within the Bannister Hill area. Also see WalkGPS video “Bannister Hill – once was a Conservation Park” .
For overnighters: The Ginger Creek Campsite (which includes a 3-sided shelter) on the Bibbulmun Track is located about 7km NW of this walk area and could be included as an overnight stop on a very worthwhile 2-day walk starting and ending at the start point of this walk.