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Castle Rock

The Castle Rock picnic area is a great location for picnics with excellent facilities and is the starting point for the walk to the Granite Skywalk.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Castle Rock Trail: A relatively steep return walk to the Granite Skywalk leads from this site. Moderate to good fitness is required. The path traverses yate, marri and karri forest and takes you past the famous Balancing Rock. Flat granite slabs offer views and places to rest. Karri Lookout is a place to ponder the Porongurup Range landscape, forests and wildlife.

Reaching the Granite Skywalk on the summit of Castle Rock requires scrambling over and under granite rocks and then climbing a 6m ladder.  

Conspicuous Cliff

Conspicuous Cliff has been a popular spot for many years. It offers a carpark, toilet facilities, picnic facilities and a whale-watch lookout, which has magnificent views of the coastline, ocean and beaches. Some of the facilities have access for the disabled.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Lookouts

Description

Devils Slide

The highest of the Porongurup’s round-topped peaks has magnificent views from the summit.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Mountain Climbing,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

Follow Wansbough Walk from the Tree-in-the Rock for 1600 metres and then turn right. Distance: 5km(return) Time: 2hr  Class 4

Elephant Rocks

At Elephant Rocks, huge granite boulders resemble a herd of elephants lumbering out to sea.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Lookouts,Points of Interest
  • Activities:Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking

Description

A short walk trail from the carpark takes you to a lookout over Elephant Rocks. From here, you can just imagine that these massive boulders are elephants sunning themselves before heading off for a swim.  The trail then descends between the rocks to a sheltered cove. This is a lovely place for a swim but be aware that strong currents sometimes run through this cove.

Providing a stark contrast to the granite that dominates this section of coast, a strip of black dolerite lines the eastern edge of the bay.

You can walk from Elephant Rocks around the rocky headland to Greens Pool.

 

Eyre Park

One of the best parks in the area!

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

A massive park with all range of equipment available, including a disablity accessible swing. A lovely place to take a picnic or use the BBQ's and spend an afternoon. Even take a stroll around the lake and feed the ducks.

Toilets : Yes
BBQ : Yes
Playground Equipment : Yes
Undercover Area : Yes
Paths : Yes
Rubbish Bins : Yes
Water Hazard : Yes
Parking : Yes

Fishing At Cosy Corner Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in the area, with crystal clear waters and white sand.

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  • Activities:Fishing
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

The fishing is great, with Salmon, Salmon Trout, Skippy Herring, Whiting, Silver Bream and Pike to be caught. You can also launch a boat from the area. 

Fitzgerald River National Park

Fitzgerald River National Park is one the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia.

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  • Activities:Walking,Canoeing,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:BBQ,Boat Ramp
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Within the park are found nearly 20 per cent of Western Australia’s flora species, many of which occur only within its boundaries.

The park features a tantalising variety of landscapes to explore from rolling plains, colourful breakaways, rugged peaks and headlands to stunning bays and inlets. During winter, southern right whales shelter close to shore with their newborn calves.

Scenic drives

This large park is divided in two recreational areas by a central ‘wilderness core’ that is closed to all traffic to ensure its protection. Unsealed roads from the north (Quiss Road and Hamersley Drive) are suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles and offer scenic views across the heart of the park.

The southern portion of Hamersley Drive is a sealed road that winds along a beautiful part of the coast between the park’s eastern boundary and Hamersley Inlet. This drive will take you to all the main recreation sites in the south-eastern corner of the park: Four Mile Beach, Barrens Beach, Barrens Lookout, East Mount Barren, East Mylies, Mylies Beach, Cave Point and West Beach. Pabelup Drive provides access to sweeping coastal scenery on the west side of the park and Point Ann, which is a prime whale watching spot between July and October.

Wonderful walks

Enjoy the beauty of the park’s diverse plant life and stunning vistas on one of the many walks available. On the eastern side of the park, climb to the summit of East Mount Barren or stroll along inland trails at Sepulcralis Hill and No Tree Hill.

On the western side of the park delve into the region’s heritage with a short walk around the Point Ann Heritage Trail or on the path to St Mary Inlet. Enjoy colourful wildflowers and coastal scenery along the walks at Mt Maxwell and West Mt Barren.

Camping

Campgrounds are located on the western side at St Mary Inlet near Point Ann and on the eastern side of the park at Four Mile Campground. Camp fees apply. Accommodation is also available at Quaalup, where the renovated and heritage listed Quaalup Homestead is located.

Greens Pool

Greens Pool lies on the edge of William Bay National Park and is famous for its turquoise green waters and pristine white sandy beach.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Canoeing,Diving,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Toilets

Description

One of Western Australia’s iconic beaches, Greens Pool is a must see destination.

Large granite boulders surround the pool, protecting it from the might of the Southern Ocean.

Beautiful at all times of the year, Greens Pool is especially popular in summer. The calm waters provide great recreation opportunities for the whole family. You can swim or snorkel or just relax on the beach or on the rocks overlooking the water.

Many fish and sea creatures live in the calm waters of Greens Pool. Why not go for a snorkel and explore this fascinating seascape? Zebra fish, silver drummer, six-spined leatherjackets and mosaic sea stars are just some of the creatures you may encounter.

A short walk links Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks.

Lake Poorrarecup

Lake Poorrarecup is popular for skiing, swimming and camping during the summer months.

Details

  • Activities:Canoeing,Boating,Camping
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Camping Ground,Toilets,Boat Ramp,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

Lake Poorrarecup is the largest lake in the Shire of Cranbrook. The lake offers a campsite with changerooms, toilets and bbq facilities on site. However, there is no access to potable water at the lake.

Additionally, there are many water-based activities at the lake, including boating and canoeing.

If using the campground, a fee of $20 is charged per passenger vehicle per day, all year round.

Proceed to waypoint 13km east of Frankland on Cranbrook Frankland Road. Turn south onto Lake Poorrarecup Road. Proceed on dirt road for 9km. Turn west onto track for 200m to picnic area on lake.

Lake Seppings

Lake Seppings offers plenty of lookouts, seating areas and even a camouflaged bird hide for twitching.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

 

Lake Seppings Bird Walk

This easy 2.7 kilometre return walk around Lake Seppings is popular with birdwatchers – it’s is home to over 100 species, including white ibis, yellow-billed spoonbill and the white-faced heron. There are plenty of lookouts, seating areas and even a camouflaged bird hide for twitching. The gravel trail surface and boardwalks are wheelchair accessible. The lake is situated in a nature reserve and is regardedas one of the best places to bird watch (particularly water birds). It is surrounded by a mixture of reeds and bullrushes. Lake Sepping has been dubbed 'The place of the longneck tortoise" by the local indigenous Australians.


 

 

 

Lowlands Beach

Lowlands Beach is a popular fishing and swimming spot which boasts a new whale-watching lookout atop a cliff.

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Description

Take Tennessee South Road (off the Lower Denmark Road) to the lookout, for views of WA's most southerly point, West Cape Howe and spectacular ocean panoramas.

Nunijup Lake

Nunijup Lake is a peaceful lakeside spot, popular for swimming and waterskiing.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities,Toilets

Description

Although Nunijup Lake is popular for water based activity, make sure to check the signs surrounding the lake for any risks that may be prevalent.

The local ranger patrols the area to make sure facilities are all okay. Make sure to take in the peaceful area with a brisk walk around the lake. 

Getting There

Turn west off Albany Highway at Kendenup onto Martagallup Road. Proceed north-west for 19.7km to waypoint. Turn east onto dirt road for about 700m to picnic area on lake.  

Porongurup Range

Walk the many trails and experience the towering Karri forests and granite peaks as our ancestors did when they settled the area. The Porongurup Range is the state's southernmost mountain range and the National Park is home to an array of wildlife.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Wineries, fine restaurants and some of the areas abundant accommodation options jostle for space at the feet of the granite tops of the Porongurup Range. Livestock is still farmed on the surrounding land, a shadow of the past when the early settlers made a good living out of the fertile soil and consistent rainfall.

Stirling Range National Park

Stirling Range National Park encloses the only major mountain range with in the southern half of Western Australia.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Toilets

Description

The rugged peaks, which rise to more than 1000 metres above sea level, feature stark cliff faces, sheltered gullies, magnificent views and a rich diversity of unique and colourful wildflowers.  The park is one of the world’s most important areas for flora with 1500 species, many of which grow nowhere else, packed within its boundaries.

Mountain moods

The Stirling Range is renowned for its unusual, and sometimes spectacular cloud formations. The Aboriginal name for the range, Koi Kyenunu-ruff, means ‘mist rolling around the mountains’ – a frequently seen occurrence. The range is also one of few places in Western Australia where snow occasionally falls.

Stay awhile

Moingup Spring is a lovely bush camp set amongst jarrah and marri trees and centrally located in the park. Camping fees apply. Stirling Range Retreat and Mt Trio Bush Camping and Caravan Park2, both on the park’s northern boundary, offer a range of accommodation and services.

Scenic driving

The Stirling Range Drive winds through the heart of the park and offers ever-changing views of rugged peaks, each with its unique character. This 42km drive, on mostly unsealed roads graded for two-wheel drive, stretches from the Western Lookout near Red Gum Spring to the Eastern Lookout below Bluff Knoll. Take a break in the drive to enjoy sweeping vistas from Central Lookout or a picnic in shady woodlands at White Gum Flat.

Mountain bushwalks

Walking is an ideal way to discover the rugged beauty and enchanting wildflowers of the Stirling Range. There are established walks up Bluff Knoll, Mt Trio, Mt Toolbrunup, Mt Hassell, Talyuberlup Peak and Mt Magog. All walks are steep and have uneven surfaces. Wear boots or sturdy footwear, weatherproof clothing and sun protection. Take plenty of food and carry two to three litres of drinking water per person for half to full day walks. Several walks have a picnic area at the start.

If you are considering undertaking the Stirling Range Ridge Walk, also known as the Eastern Peaks Ridge Route, or other cross country walks, you are advised to contact the Stirling Range National Park rangers or the Albany District Office to obtain more detailed information. (Stirling Range National Park office – 9827 9230; Albany District office – 9842 4500)

The Ridge Walk is approximately 26km one way from the north east corner of the park boundary via Ellen Peak to the Bluff Knoll Car park. This is a difficult and challenging, unmarked, cross country bushwalk with no designated trail through a Wilderness Zone. It takes two to three days to complete hiking in rugged terrain. This bushwalk is not a managed route and natural hazards exist. Walkers are responsible for their personal safety and will need to ensure they are well planned, prepared and exercise appropriate caution. To undertake the Ridge Walk bushwalkers require previous experience in the outdoors and a high level of specialised skills and equipment including navigation skills, a map and navigation equipment to complete the walk. Bushwalkers need to be self-reliant, particularly in regard to emergency first aid and be prepared for unforseen weather conditions which may be extreme. Storms and severe weather may affect navigation and safety. Walkers undertaking this route are strongly advised to carry their own Personal Locator Beacon and mobile communication devices in case of emergencies.

Weather wise

The peaks of the Stirling Range are subject to rapid, unpredictable changes in the weather. Hikers should be prepared for sudden cold changes that cause the temperature to drop and rain or hail to set in. All visitors are strongly advised not to enter the bush or use footpaths on days of extreme fire danger. If you are planning to hike off marked trails, abseil or rock climb, please register your details at the shelter in the picnic area across the road from Bluff Knoll Road entry station. If you plan to hike on an established walk, no registration is required.

 

Stirling Range National Park

Stirling Range National Park encloses the only major mountain range with in the southern half of Western Australia.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Unique Wonders
  • Activities:Mountain Climbing
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

 The rugged peaks, which rise to more than 1000 metres above sea level, feature stark cliff faces, sheltered gullies, magnificent views and a rich diversity of unique and colourful wildflowers.  The park is one of the world’s most important areas for flora with 1500 species, many of which grow nowhere else, packed within its boundaries.

The Stirling Range is renowned for its unusual, and sometimes spectacular cloud formations. The Aboriginal name for the range, Koi Kyenunu-ruff, means ‘mist rolling around the mountains’ – a frequently seen occurrence. The range is also one of few places in Western Australia where snow occasionally falls.

Stony Hill

This 500m heritage-listed walk to a rocky outcrop in Torndirrup National Park has plaques along the way inscribed with the thoughts of the original settlers and has great views.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Stony Hill

This 500m heritage-listed walk to a rocky outcrop in Torndirrup National Park has plaques along the way inscribed with the thoughts of the original settlers and has great views. Take Frenchman Bay Road and turn right about 1km south of Salmon Hole Road. The town of Albany , The Princess Royal Harbour and KIng George Sound are visible from the spectacular northerly views. Stony HIll overlooks the wildflowers during the popular season and the stone giants stand impressively throughout the entire coast. Bush waking attire is recommended. 

 

 

The Tree-in-the-Rock Picnic Area

The Tree-in-the-Rock picnic area, set among the karri trees, almost has the feel of a cathedral, with the towering karris providing the domed roof.

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens,Unique Wonders
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

The Tree-In-The-Rock, after which the site has been named, is just 100 metres along a shaded walk.  Extending its roots down through a crevice, this mature karri clings to existence on a granite boulder. Karri and marri are the most dominant trees in this area, while karri hazel, karri wattle and tassel bush form part of the understorey. Australian Bluebell can be recognised by its small bell-like mauve flowers from October to February.

Torndirrup National Park

The most visited National Park in WA, it draws punters for its wave-carved features including the Natural Bridge, The Gap, and the Blowholes, plus the chance to spot whales from the sea cliffs.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Fishing,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

Torndirrup National Park

10km south of Albany on Frenchman Bay Road, this rugged national park is the most visited in WA, and draws punters for its wave-carved features including the Natural Bridge, The Gap, and the Blowholes, plus the chance to spot whales from the sea cliffs. There are lookouts and short walk trails from the car park near the main entrance: Stony Hill Heritage Trail is a 500m scenic circuit that gives 360-degree views of the park and back over Albany, or take the six-minute return walk to the Jimmy Newells Harbour lookout (for some more challenging walks, see ‘hiking’). This is also where you’ll find some of Albany’s best fishing action, head down the steep steps to Salmon Holes where, as you can guess, there’s an abundance of salmon and snapper in this beautiful bay. Fishing is good off the beach and the rocks but be aware that king waves have claimed lives, so it’s a good idea to wear a life jacket. It’s also a popular surf spot. Whale World is also within the borders of the park (see ‘Historic Albany’ section). Sitting below the ex-whaling station to the east is the secluded, north-facing Misery Beach, a clean stretch of sand that offers shelter in most weather conditions for swimming and snorkelling. There are no camping or other facilities in the park. 

Two Peoples Bay National Park

This park boasts some great swimming, fishing and beach walking spots and is accessible by 2WD.

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  • Activities:Fishing,Walking
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Two Peoples Bay National Park

Don’t be alarmed if you hear some awful noises while in this reserve – it’s home to the noisy-scrub bird, and their calls are particularly loud during mating season (May-Sep). 35km east of Albany, this park also boasts some great swimming, fishing and beach walking spots and is accessible by 2WD. Head to Little Beach or Waterfall Beach for pretty, calm waters that are well-sheltered and good for kids  (it’s a good rule of thumb to stick to beaches that are accessed by marked paths along this dangerous coastline). The bay is good for boat fishing, and you can launch from the beach near the end of Two Peoples Bay Road. There is a 4.6km Heritage Trail that takes four hours from the Visitor Centre to Little Beach (take a towel). The centre is open 10am-4pm during summer holidays, sporadically during winter, and has information about the local history, wildlife and conservation projects (08 9846 4276). There are also nearby picnic tables, free gas barbecues and toilets nearby. There is no drinking water or camping in the park.  

 

 

West Cape Howe National Park

Stunning Shelley Beach is a lovely swimming spot and a good place to throw a line, or head to The Steps for great rock fishing.

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  • Activities:4WDing,Fishing,Rock Climbing,Walking
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

West Cape Howe National Park

This park between Denmark and Albany is the most southern point in WA and its seacliffs and wild beaches draw rock climbers, beachgoers, bushwalkers, hang-gliders, surfers and fishermen. 2WD vehicles can access the park via Shelley Beach Road, but almost all the other sites within the park require a 4WD. There are a few camping bays at Shelley Beach (the winding gravel road should not be attempted by anyone towing a caravan) along with the only toilets in the park.

Experienced rock climbers will find kilometres of high quality climbing routes at West Cape Howe, but be careful of loose rock towards the top, and changing sea conditions at the base (always check conditions before attempting). There are a handful of 4WD tracks through the park; one of the most challenging is the track to Broholm Beach (don’t even attempt it unless you have a serious 4WD, a tyre gauge, pump, radio and supplies). Always check with the Denmark or Albany visitor centres to see which tracks are open and if you’re equipped to handle them. Golden Gate Beach (4WD only) averages 2m waves, and is a popular surfing spot, but be cautious of the rocks scattered through the inner surf.  Australian salmon, shark, groper, mulloway, whiting and herring can be caught across the park. Stunning Shelley Beach is a lovely swimming spot and a good place to throw a line, or head to The Steps for good rock fishing (wear a life vest and check sea conditions). Easterly winds make the best conditions, particularly in summer, for hang-gliding and paragliding. The take-off spot is at the Shelley Beach lookout and you must register with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (08 9842 4500) before taking to the skies. 

Yeriminup Reserve and Cemetery

The Yeriminup Reserve and Cemetery is situated on open land surrounded by mature trees. It was once a stopping place for the Aboriginal people and is signposted as a sacred site.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

The reserve is now part of an A Class Reserve. It was once significant as a bush cemetery for the Gordon River area, and in recent times it has been re-opened as a public cemetery by the Shire.

Frankland River is known as a fruitful investment for the historical Egerton-Warburton family. Yeriminup was taken up in 1857 and soon became a mixed farming enterprise with sheep, cattle and fruit orchards. 

 

 

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