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Mt Barker, Porongurup & Frankland River insider
The ceaseless beauty of the
Porongurup and Stirling ranges
ensure hiking experiences like no
other. And in wildflower season
when spring comes, there’s no
better time to lace up your boots
and hit the walking tracks. While
you’ll enjoy more pleasant and
easy trails in the Porongurup
Range, a much greater challenge
awaits at the Stirling Range nearby,
where five peaks rise more than
1000m. Here are our top five
walking tracks through the ranges:
Devil’s Slide | 2km return Allow
2-3 hours. This leaves from the Tree
in the Rock picnic area, takes you
up the first hill and through dense
bushland, eventually winding up
at a huge rock face called Devil’s
Slide, where you can sit, have
lunch and take in the view. It
suits people of medium fitness,
but is not recommended in wet
conditions due to slippery rocks.
South Side Walk | 4km return
Allow 3-4 hours. This relatively
easy trail starts at the Millinup
Road entrance to the national park.
It’s signposted, so you shouldn’t
have too much trouble, and crosses
a variety of eco-systems – from
scrub to karri trees. Unfortunately,
it’s not a circuit, so you’ll need to
return the way you came, but it
does give you two lovely views of
the bush from different angles.
Castle Rock | 3km return Allow
2 hours. This walk is of medium
to high difficulty, with some rather
strenuous climbing. It leaves
from the Castle Rock Picnic area,
through karri trees and rocks,
right to the top where you can
see the famous balancing granite
TOP FiVe BuShWalKinG TRaCKS
home to one of australia’s top 25 hikes – Bluff knoll – the porongorup
and stirling ranges are must-do destinations for the sure-footed.
boulders. If you’re game, climb
the ladder and you’ll see an
unbelievable view of the region
(on a clear day you can even see
the Wind Farm in Albany).
Bluff Knoll | 6km return
Allow 3 to 4 hours. Bluff Knoll is
listed as one of Australia’s 25 best
hikes, great for birdwatching,
wildflower spotting and
picnicking along the way. From
the trailhead, Bluff Knoll’s
cliffs appear impenetrable, but
the 6km walking track knows
better, nudging its way through
a break in the escarpment before
u-turning back towards the peak.
It’s relatively challenging, so be
prepared for some quad work.
Mt Trio | 2km return Allow 3
hours. With three separate peaks
linked together by a plateau, this
Stirling Range track is definitely
not one for the faint-hearted to
tackle. The track begins at the
national park car park with a
tourist boardwalk and continues
up the plateau to the summit.
During springtime, the slopes are
graced with beautiful mountain
bells and Southern Cross flowers.
This walking trail is steep at the
beginning and finishes with great
View from the Bluff Knoll track.
Tree in the Rock.
Vineyard overlooking mt Trio.
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