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
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
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
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
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
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.