Porongurup National Park
Home to the mountain range most visible from the Albany CBD. The national park is a place of incredible biodiversity, over 750 native plant species exist in the 2600 hectare park.
The Castle Rock Picnic Area is the start of a 3 km return walk to the Balancing Rock and Granite Skywalk. The newly revamped skywalk provides amazing views of the surrounding regions.
The Granite Skywalk is a suspended walkway that spirals around the huge granite outcrop of Castle Rock to the summit. The skywalk has two lookouts. The upper lookout perches over the side of Castle Rock and requires scrambling over rocks and climbing a ladder.
Nature trails and paths from the Tree-in-the-Rock Picnic Area lead through the park to several peaks:
Bolganup Heritage Trail
Easy 600 m, 30 minute Class 2 loop through karri forest along a path that crosses a small creek.
Devil’s Slide Trail
Hard, 5 km Class 4 return walk. Follow Wansbrough Walk for 1.6 km, then turn to right. Magnificent views from the summit.
Medium 3 km, 2 hour return walk to Hayward Peak and back.
Nancy Peak Walk
Steep 5.5 km, 2-3 hour Class 4 circuit walk heads up the northern side of the range and then along its very spine, up and over Hayward Peak, Nancy Peak and Morgan’s View then back along the Wansbrough Walk.
4 km (one way) Class 4 walk through karri forest along a gully between Nancy Peak and Devils Slide. Continues to the park’s southern boundary and becomes a road that connects with Millinup Road. Some visitors leave a second vehicle at the southern end of the pathway and start at Tree-in-a-Rock.
Enjoy impressive views from a 23 km drive around the entire range (mostly unsealed with steep sections) via Bolganup Road, Angwin Park Road, Woodlands Road, Millinup Road, Chester Pass Road and Mount Barker-Porongurup Road.
There is also a 5 km drive (unsealed with steep sections) along Angwin Park Road between Bolganup Road and Woodlands Road offers outstanding views of granite outcrops and Stirling Range to the north.
Head to Albany Visitor Centre for maps and more information.