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This fantastic 5 day Pack Free walk showcases the highlights of the Stirling Ranges in the South West region of Western Australia. The Stirling Range National Park is the only major mountain range in Western Australia’s southern portion. Sharp cliff walls, sheltering gullies, breathtaking views, and a great diversity of unusual and colourful wildflowers characterise the rocky summits, which reach more than 1000 metres above sea level. With 1500 species, the park is one of the world’s most important flora hotspots, with many of them growing nowhere else. Explore some of Australia’s most magnificent coastline with their giant granite boulders, stunning beaches and flowering heathlands. You will be staying at the best boutique accommodation and sampling some of the finest wines and produce of this region. WA’s South Coast is sure to enchant your every sense.
Your 5 day walking holiday includes:
SUGGESTED PRE NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: DoubleTree Hotel Northbridge, Perth.
DEPARTURE TIME: 9am
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 4-hour 50-minute transfer from Perth to Albany
WALK ITINERARY: Be met in Perth by your transfer company at 9.00am at the DoubleTree Hotel Northbridge, Perth and transferred to Albany. On arrival we’ll head to our accommodation for the night at The Dog Rock Motel. The motel is located in the heart of Albany’s historic and cultural district, and across from the famous local landmark, the natural granite Dog Rock. The city centre, shopping district, York Street, Visitor Centre, Anzac Peace Park, Museum, and the Brig Amity are all within walking distance. The popular and beautiful Middleton Beach is about a 5-minute drive away. Later in the afternoon we’ll meet the rest of the group completing the Cape, Bibbulmun and Stirling walk. Tonight enjoy an a la carte dinner at a local restaurant served with regional wines.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 40-minute transfer from accommodation to the trail in Porongorup National Park. Afternoon: 35-minute transfer from the end of the trail to Kendenup Lodge.
TRACK DETAILS: 4kms. 2.5 hours with breaks on the Castle Rock Walk. Medium/Difficult grade. 5km Nancy’s Peak Circuit. 3-4hours. Medium Grade.
TERRAIN: Both tracks are suitable for most fitness levels. Tracks may have short steep hill sections with some rough surfaces. The summits are between 570 – 652 metres.
WALK ITINERARY: This morning enjoy breakfast at nearby café at Middleton Beach before being transferred to the Castle Rock Trail in Porongurup National Park. The trail begins at the Castle Rock picnic spot and climbs through jarrah, marri, and karri forest to the base of Castle Rock and the lower lookout. A steeper and more difficult ascent, which includes scrambling over rocks and scaling a 6m ladder, leads to the Granite Skywalk, an incredible steel structure that winds its way around the massive granite dome, providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Well worth the climb for the stunning views! After our walkers lunch we will continue on to Nancy’s Peak Circuit. A walk in a granite landscape that traverses the major peak in the Porongurup Ranges, 23 kilometres from Mount Barker. The views are spectacular, with the Stirling Ranges visible to the north and the Southern Ocean visible on a clear day, in addition to the grandeur of the moss-covered granite boulders and lush vegetation. After both of these incredible walks we will head to Kendenup Lodge and Cottages, our accommodation for the next 3 nights, where we’ll enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by breathtaking views of the Stirling Ranges. The perfect setting to unwind after a full day of walking.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 1 hour transfer from accommodation to Bluff Knoll Trailhead. Afternoon: Drive: 1 hour transfer from trail end to Kendenup Lodge and Cottages.
TRACK DETAILS: 6.8kms Bluff Knoll Trailhead 4-5 hours with breaks and lunch. Medium grade.
TERRAIN: This moderate trail is well signed and takes you to the top of Bluff Knoll, 1098 metres above sea level, via a steep path with numerous step to negotiate.
WALK ITINERARY: The Stirling Range National Park’s most popular path is Bluff Knoll. This is a 6.8km moderate return walk to the highest peak in the south-west, reaching a height of 1073m and expansive views over the surrounding region. This walk will take us around 4-5 hours including tea break and lunch. Starting at the Bluff Knoll car park’s southern end, the walk descends to a creek before ascending to a mountain saddle with spectacular views over the ridge to the south coast. The trail then turns left and climbs the ridge to the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree vistas. Along the way there should be many wildflowers to enjoy in an environment unique to this part of the state including Mountain Bells and the Queen of Sheba Orchid. Once back at Kendenup Lodge and Cottages we’ll enjoy some downtime before having dinner served with regional wines.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 1 hour transfer from accommodation to Mt Hassell trailhead. Afternoon: Drive: 40-minutes transfer from trail end at Talyuberlup trailhead Walk to Kendenup Lodge and Cottages.
TRACK DETAILS: 2.9kms Mt Hassell trailhead. 3 hours with breaks. Medium/Difficult grade. 2.6kms Talyuberlup walk. 3 hours with breaks. Difficult grade.
TERRAIN: Hassel trailhead peaks at 847 metres. It starts gently, has sections of scree and then requires a rocky scramble to the top. Talyuberlup Trailhead is a steep and challenging hike to a rock covered peak.
WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast we’ll drive to the start of our first walk today at Mt Hassell, another fabulous walk in the Stirling Ranges. The trail up Mt Hassell has fewer steps than some of the other peaks, beginning gently and then followed by steeper sections of scree. At a height of 700 metres there is a large flat rock, beyond which the trail becomes steeper and requires some rock scrambling. Ripple marks can be seen on the rocks on Mt Hassell, evidence that the ranges were once covered by a shallow sea. As with all of the peaks in the Stirling Ranges, wildlfowers are to be seen most of the year. After our walkers lunch we drive a short distance to Talyuberlup trailhead Walk, the most dramatic rocky peak in the Stirling Ranges. Whilst only 783 metres high, it has been described as having a castle-like summit. The trail firstly winds through an area of low woodland and further on rises steeply up a gully before it heads for the base of the cliffs and then along a cliff line. It enters a large cave underneath the summit, from where you emerge onto the peak of Talyuberlup. Another day of spectacular vistas and incredible walks we’ll head back to Kendenup Lodge and Cottages for our final night and enjoy dinner whilst reminiscing about our experiences.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 45-minute transfer from accommodation to Mt Trio. Lunch: 1.5-hours transfer from Mt Trio to Black Cockatoo café at The Kodja Place, Kojonup. Afternoon: Drive: 3-hours transfer from Kojonup to Perth.
TRACK DETAILS: 3.5kms Mt Trio. 2-3 hours with breaks. Medium/Difficult grade.
TERRAIN: This is a short and steep hike has a total ascent of 400 metres and lots of steps along the way.
WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we’ll drive to our final walk of this fantastic journey at Mt Trio. Mt Trio, as the name suggests, comprises of three peaks where the walk firstly climbs steeply from the parking area to a saddle between the east peak and the north peak. Further on it becomes more gentle towards the highest (northern) point at 856 metres where there are excellent views from the top when the weather is clear. Apart from many other wildflowers Mt Trio is known for its bright red mountain bell, Darwinia lejostyla. After enjoying this fabulous walk we’ll drive to Kojonup where we will have a celebratory lunch at Black Cockatoo café at The Kodja Place, Kojonup. The Kodja Place is a visitor and cultural centre that tells the inside story of Australian country life from Kojonup’s Noongar-Aboriginal and settler cultures. From Kojonup we’ll drive 3-hours back to Perth where the journey ends.
WHY NOT EXTEND YOUR WALK:
Please note this tour joins up with our 9-day Bibbulmun and Stirling walk on day 1.
For those wishing to also include the Bibbulmun portion please see our 9-day itinerary. Click here.
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