Stirling Ranges Walking Tour

Five days of walking among one of Western Australia’s most beautiful and striking landscapes. Fresh air, tons of wildflowers, incredible views, expert guiding and delicious home cooked food. $1,430pp – 5 Days, challenging terrain, 30km

Western Australian wildflowers are well known throughout the world.  The Stirling Ranges and Porongurup National Park are two of the best places to see wildflowers in Western Australia. Home to 1,500 species of plants, including 123 species of orchids, many will be in flower at the time of this tour. We’ll spend an afternoon with a WA wildflowers expert who will help us discover some unique and interesting orchids of the Stirling Ranges. After that you’ll be spotting orchids everywhere. That’s if you can take your eyes off the beautiful mountain scenery!

Some of the walks are challenging but the reward is worth it – spectacular vistas and the special euphoria that only comes through achieving something special. This tour is not all go go go however. We take our time to really enjoy one of Western Australia’s most beautiful landscapes. The itinerary has been designed with a combination of mountain and flat ground walks.

Your visit to the Stirling Ranges will be complemented by our very special accommodation at Kendenup Lodge. Have a revitalising hot shower in your ensuite bathroom, get the fire roaring in the lounge and enjoy a glass of wine with your fellow guests. Your guides will soon have a delicious, healthy dinner for you to enjoy as we toast another wonderful day in the Stirling Ranges.

PLEASE NOTE: In 2018, this tour will be changing to a 6 day tour.

Tour Length:
5 Days starting and finishing in Perth
Distance walked:
Between 4 and 8 km each day (with some steep up and down)
Difficulty:
Moderate/challenging; See FAQ
Dates:
27. Sep – 1. Oct 2017
24 – 29. Sep 2018
Guaranteed departure

Highlights of this walk

Incredible views and fresh air. The wildflower tour will open your eyes to beautiful and interesting orchids you would never see on your own. Walk to the top of Bluff Knoll – the south west’s tallest peak – and amongst the beautiful karri trees of the Porongurup National Park.

Walking Tour Itinerary

Two guides will accompany you each day for the walks. Each evening we return to the same accommodation where you can relax and your guides will prepare your dinner.

The itinerary may change depending on local weather and conditions.

Day 1: Drive from Perth + Mt Hassell

Day 1: Drive from Perth + Mt Hassell

Departing from Wellington Street in Perth at 7:30am, we head south, stopping for delicious home made morning tea and lunch en route. By mid afternoon we’ll a world a way, making our way up Mt Hassell in the heart of the Stirling Ranges.

At 847m above sea level, Mt Hassell is mid size mountain and perfect for our first taste of this magnificent area.  The walk will take about 2-3 hours return and have you feeling literally on top of the world.  From Mt Hassell, we will continue on to the accommodation at Kendenup lodge.

Day 2: Mt Trio + Wildflower Tour

Day 2: Mt Trio + Wildflower Tour

Today we head up Mt Trio. Offering exceptional views, excellent wildflowers and interesting crags, it’s a perfect start to our adventures in the Stirling Ranges. It is 856 m high and will take us about 3 hours. The walk commences with a steep climb that leads to a broad saddle between two peaks. From the saddle it’s an easy stroll to the north peak where you can enjoy sweeping views of Mt Toolbrunup and mountains to the south-west. It is a moderately challenging walk.

After lunch we’ll join a local guide with an excellent knowledge of Stirling Range wildflowers. Our guide will take us on a gentle drive and walk around the area and introduce us to some of the special plants of the Stirling Ranges.

Day 3: The Porongurups + Castle Rock

Day 3: The Porongurups + Castle Rock

We head an hour down the road to the Porongurup National Park to walk through magnificent karri trees and the most ancient mountain range in the world. We have two walks for you today – Castle Rock and Nancy’s Peak Circuit.

The Castle Rock walk is 3 km return, taking about 1.5 to 2 hours, with a summit 570 metres high. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb up to the ‘Granite Skywalk’ – an impressive suspended walkway around the huge granite outcrop at the Castle Rock summit.

Nancy’s Peak Circuit is a 5 km walk, with its highest peak at 652 metres. It should take us about three hours. On a clear day, you can get wonderful views north to the Stirling Ranges and south to the ocean. On a not-so-clear day, the massive granite outcrops and beautiful white karri trees of Nancy’s Peak Circuit are a highlight in their own right.

Day 4: Bluff Knoll

Day 4: Bluff Knoll

With muscles primed, today we will take to the highest peak in the South West – Bluff Knoll. This challenging walk is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Stirling Ranges. The 6 km return trip will see us reach a height of 1073 metres, with some of the best views in Western Australia the whole way up.

We’ll pack a lunch and make a day of it, returning to our accommodation in the afternoon for a well earned rest and a nice hot cuppa.

Day 5: Wildflower spotting + return to Perth

Day 5: Wildflower spotting + return to Perth

A wonderful way to finish our amazing journey. We will explore some of the flat ground areas in the Western Stirling Ranges, searching for orchids and wildflowers. We’ll head back to Perth, having lunch on the way, with lots of great memories, photos and even a few new muscles! We will arrive in Perth at about 5.30 pm.

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

Kendenup Lodge, to the west of the Stirling Range, will be our base for four nights. Kendenup’s rooms are beautifully appointed and all have ensuite bathrooms, which is a bit of a treat! We will share breakfasts and dinners in the communal dining/lounge room where there is a nice wood fire to keep us warm on those chilly Stirlings nights.

What to bring

Towels and linen are provided at Kendenup so all you have to bring are your personal effects. We will send you a complete list of suggested clothing and equipment when you book.

Food

At Inspiration Outdoors we provide an excellent standard of catering. All meals are included in the tour. Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit, yogurt and toast; with juice, a variety of teas and fresh brewed coffee. Fresh, tasty and healthy lunches are served by your guides as picnics on most days. On the Bluff Knoll day you’ll pack a lunch from a selection of salads, meats, cheese, spreads and bread, which your guides will prepare and lay out for you in the morning. Each evening your guides will prepare some nibbles which you can enjoy while dinner is being prepared. Dinner is a delicious and nutritious two course home-prepared meal.

Each day your guide will carry tea, coffee and a home-made cake for morning tea. Fruit is also available for you to take with you. If you need additional snacks e.g. muesli bars, chocolate etc please bring those with you. We also encourage you to bring your own alcohol. There is limited opportunity to purchase extra alcohol and supplies during the week.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book – we can happily adapt our menu to most dietary needs. Assistance is always appreciated with clearing away and washing up.

Transport

We use a well serviced and maintained air-conditioned minibus to drive from Perth to the Stirling Ranges and back, and to and from the walks each day. As the transport from Perth is provided at no additional charge, discounts cannot be offered if walkers choose to find their own way down south.

This walk includes

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All meals, homemade from the best ingredients

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy healthy breakfasts, delicious home-made morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and hearty two course dinners each day.

All transport via air-conditioned bus, departing from and returning to Perth

Central pick-up points in Fremantle and Perth CBD. Transport each day to and from the track.

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Excellent accommodation for four nights, on the doorstep of the Stirling Ranges

Stylish, roomy and comfortable ensuite rooms to sleep in, a large lounge area to share meals and conversation.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

National Park entrance fees

Professional guiding and support from local guides

We go the extra mile to make sure your tour will be memorable. We guide you on each walk, tell stories about the surroundings and make sure you return home feeling better than ever.

Stirling Ranges Tour FAQs

How hard is this tour?

This is a moderate to challenging tour. Bluff Knoll is a challenging walk however we try to strike a good balance between activity and rest. The good thing about the walks in the Stirling’s is that they are mostly up and back. This means that if you are feeling like you don’t want to continue to the top/end, you can just sit down, admire the view and wait for the rest of the party to return. We will help you get to the top, but equally if you are feeling like a rest, it is your holiday and you can do as you please.

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What is the accommodation like?

Kendenup is a 4.5 star. The rooms are fabulous with all of the mod cons. All linen and towels are provided and each room has a en suite bathroom. There are two beds in each room – a double and a single.

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About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well – you’re on holiday after all and Emily bakes a mean cake. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with a slice of home-made cake for morning tea, and fresh healthy lunches, surrounded by nature. Finish each day with a delicious, nutritious dinner with the group.

What people have said

I loved the five days in the Stirlings and the Porongurups. While those ‘up bits’ could be challenging it was well worth the climb, with amazing views, a good workout, good company and home made cake! More good food, a glass of wine, and comfort, relaxation and celebration at the end of each day.

Emily and Adam had everything covered, from the smallest detail to the big picture. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Carole, Stirling Range and Porongurup, 2014

Great 5 days; with contrasted walking in Stirling Ranges & Porongurups. Abundance of wildflowers – complimented with great knowledge of the area. Full days with travelling between walking locations . Simon & Adrian were very informative, attentive and relaxed. Great accommodation at Kendenup excellent food & wine. Highly recommended.

Deb, Stirling Ranges 2013

Pricing

AUD $1,430 per person (single supplement $350)

Secure your place with a $350 deposit.

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Payment can be made by:

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Can I cancel my booking?

We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
  • 6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost
  • 2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 2 weeks: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.