A 15 minute drive east of Albany brings you to the oldest mountain range in the world, the unique Porongurups.
Thank you Lata Photography for the cover photo
Walks in the Porongurups
Survival Tips – Park Pass required; weather can change quickly, so wear appropriate clothing, footwear and sunscreen; carry water.
Just 40kms north of Albany is the beautiful Porongurup National Park. It rises from the landscape like an island and is surrounded by forests of Karri Trees. There are numerous bushwalking tracks to cater for all different skill and fitness levels. Enjoy the 1.5km walk trail that takes you through some spectacular forests to Castle Rock and enjoy the new Granite Skywalk or the 3 hour Marmabup Rock Trail.
The Porongurup National Park is considered a mecca for botanists, wild flower enthusiasts, bird watchers and photographers.
There are many boutique wineries and accommodation facilities surrounding the national park offering breath taking views over the ranges.
Nancy’s Peak in the Albany Region
A great circuit walk, Nancy’s Peak traverses the main peak of the Porongurup Ranges.
The Porongurup Range is 12km long and lies 48km north of the Albany Region, approximately halfway to the Stirling Range. Devil’s Slide is the highest of the Porongurup’s round-topped peaks.
As well as the beauty of the moss-covered granite rocks and the lush forest, the views are magnificent with the Stirling Ranges visible to the north and, on a clear day, you can see the Southern Ocean.
The Pass – easy walk from the Tree in the Rock car park; 2km return – allow 1 hr.
Hayward Peak – medium difficulty; 3km return – allow 2 hrs.
Devils Slide – elevation 600 – 650m; moderate, slippery in wet weather; 2km return – allow 2 hrs; side trail from tree in the rock circuit; intriguing rock faces, huge granite formations, splendid views; views to both north and south and a marvellous place to have a picnic lunch.
Marmabup Rock – via Devils slide; for experienced walkers only ; 5km return – allow 5 hrs.
Tree in the Rock Circuit – elevation 600 – 650m; medium walk; allow 2-3 hrs; spectacular views, picnic area, barbeques; takes in Hayward Peak, Nancy Peak and Morgan’s Views. Start at the picnic area at end of Bolganup Rd.
– elevation 500m; moderate hike – not for the faint hearted; 1.5km – allow 2-3 hours. Start at picnic area at eastern end of ranges. Head up steep hill through Karri trees. Descend before climbing next hill to Balancing Rock. Here is a wonderful photo opportunity. The next part is not easy. Climb over rocks, through a crevice, up a ladder then along a catwalk to the summit for magnificent views. Other trees are red gum, jarrah.
Wansborough Walk – hard ; 4km – allow 2-4 hrs. From Millinup R oad turn onto Wansborough Walk. when road divides turn left to picnic area. Start of walk is up steep hill. Trail divides to Devils Slide or Nancy Peak.
Scenic Drive – Turn off Porongurup Road onto Woodlands Road then left onto Rangeview Road. Turn left onto Bolganup Road then back onto Porongurup Road.
Scenic Drive – Follow Porongurup Road onto Chesterpass Road, then turn right . At 1.5km turn right onto Millinup Road. At Woodlands Road turn right . Either travel back to Porongurup Road or turn right onto Rangeview Road then left into Bolganup Road and back onto Porongurup Road.
Thank you to the Mount Barker Visitor Centre