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I associate mountains with simplicity and peace. The ideal holiday for me involves hiking. There is simply nothing that makes me feel more alive. It’s even more satisfying when it can be done in my own backyard.
This weekend I visited Western Australia’s Stirling and Porongorup Ranges. Western Australia has few mountains so this part of the Great Southern is quite special. The Stirling Range has many hiking mountains, the highest being Bluff Knoll. This year I hiked Bluff Knoll and Mount Trio, though in the past I have hiked Mount Toolbrunup. Mount Trio is by far the easiest, taking just 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. Bluff Knoll is the most popular and the most manicured of the trails, a round trip taking 3 – 4 hours to complete. Mount Toolbrunup is actually my favourite, but the most challenging. You need to get dirty, using your whole body to climb a good quarter of the trail. The 360 views at the top are worth the effort. It takes between 3 – 4 hours to complete.
The Porongorup Range is known for its spectacular granite domes and weathered formations. There are some beautiful hikes available.
Both Ranges are within an hour’s drive from Albany. Accommodation is available in Albany, Mt Barker or within the Stirling Range National Park. I personally like to stay in the national park, an eco park known as the Stirling Range Retreat.
The weather is quite wet throughout the year, Bluff Knoll often shrouded in cloud. The experience of hiking in the rain is quite special.
View from Bluff Knoll.
View from Bluff Knoll, shrouded in cloud.
View from Mount Trio.
Fancy granite in the Porongorup Range.
Granite Skywalk in the Porongorup Range.
Porongorup Rocks! 🙂
Fancy Granite in the Porongorup Range.