Mount Wells’s history, as the highest point in the area, was as a fire lookout for the surrounding timber milling region. The original fire tower and huts were ironically destroyed by fire in 1961, but rebuilt in 1962. It was renovated by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) and a Karnet Prison crew in 1997 for overnight use by walkers on the ‘new’ Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia’s award-winning walk trail, stretching nearly 1000 kilometres from Perth Hills to Albany.
A sleeping shelter for 8-10 people has been constructed from an old firetower-keeper’s hut, complete with old wood stove, for overnight use by walkers on the Bibbulmun Track. The nearby tower is still occasionally used as a fire lookout and offers views of the Darling Scarp as well as nearby gold mining operations. A 14km return walk to Boonering Hill, a giant granite mount rising above the jarrah forest north of Mt Wells, is popular among bushwalkers, with verticordia flowers covering its fringes in spring.