We recognise and acknowledge the Menang people of the Noongar nation as the traditional owners of the Porongurup National Park.
THE GRANITE SKYWALK AND CASTLE ROCK
Many families will be visiting the Great Southern region over the Christmas holidays and looking for adventure activities to keep themselves, and the kids, occupied.
The Granite Skywalk on Castle Rock in the Porongurup National Park is always a huge hit with rewarding views over the surrounding farmland and forests however, both the picnic ground and the trail up to the summit, can be busy during the holidays.
The Parks and Wildlife Service have completed significant works on the Castle Rock area at the eastern end of the national park including an expansion and resurfacing of the carpark, an upgrade to the toilet block, additional picnic BBQ’s and shelters.
There has also been substantial work completed on the 4.7km trail up to the summit of Castle Rock, most notably the construction of over 800 stone steps to control wear and tear on the trail surface and to facilitate drainage of rainwater off the trail.
The Granite Skywalk makes you work for the view.
Porongurup Stone Steps Credit Jarred Pedro
The western end of the park has also received some attention with the Nancy’s Peak trail being upgraded and improved. Over 1,000 new stone steps have been added making the walk more sustainable and safer.
This challenging trail takes visitors through the lush karri forest and over moss-covered granite rock for 5.5km, passing over Hayward Peak to reach the crest of the range at the Nancy Peak lookout before traversing along to Morgan’s View. Panoramic views of the Stirling Ranges are visible to the north and on a clear day, to the Southern Ocean in the south.
Nancy’s Peak Trail BEFORE and AFTER
Other trails that are popular on this side of the park include the Devil’s Slide, a challenging two hour walk that takes visitors to the highest peak of the Porongurup Ranges. There is also the Wansbrough Walk which is an eight kilometre return hike through a towering karri forest along a gully between Nancy’s Peak and Devil’s Slide.
While the Tree-in-the-Rock picnic ground at this western end of the park will be open during the Christmas holidays we are forewarning visitors that it will be closed in February for extensive upgrade work to the car park and surrounding picnic areas – including the toilet block. For their safety and convenience visitors are asked to avoid this area between February and May. Stay up to date with closures at Park Alerts.
The new Nancy’s Peak trails in the Porongurup’s are child’s play!
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It looks like it’s going to be a long, hot summer so if you’re planning to do these walks or visit this area, know before you go and check these websites.
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