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Top 5 Hikes in the Great Southern Region

The Great Southern region is a mecca for keen hikers in Western Australia. Home to both the Stirling Ranges and Poronogurups, the region has some of the state’s highest peaks and an incredible variety of wildflowers – over 1000 species and many which are found nowhere else in the world.

Hikes in the area range from scenic coastal rambles to challenging climbs that offer jaw-dropping views. Whichever Great Southern trail you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

1. Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range NP

Time: 1-3 hours

Length: 6km (return)

Difficulty:  Grade 4

Location: Bluff Knoll car park, Stirling Range National Park, 100km (1 hour) north-east of Albany and 400km (5 hours) south of Perth

Topping our list is Bluff Knoll - WA’s third highest peak and one of our most-loved hikes. This steep six-kilometre return trail takes you across, then up the mountainside, offering interesting vegetation and excellent views along the way.  Once you’ve reached the summit, you’ll find a number of rocky outcrops that double as excellent spots to sit and take in the spectacular 360-degree view. While the trail is challenging, it’s easy to follow and is achievable by anyone with a good level of fitness. Just remember to bring your cold and wet weather gear – unexpected clouds, rain and icy mists have caught out many unprepared walkers.

View from the top of Bluff Knoll by, Jeff Tupper

 

2. Bald Head Walk Trail, Torndirrup NP

Time: Full Day

Length: 12.5km (return)

Difficulty:  Grade 4

Location: Off Murray Rd, Torndirrup National Park, 18km(20 minutes) from Albany and 400km (5 hours) south of Perth

The Bald Head Walk Trail takes out the title of the ‘Most Photogenic Hike’ on our list. The trail leads across Flinders Peninsula, treating you to views of impressive granite cliffs and the impossibly blue waters of the Southern Ocean and King George Sound. As fantastic as the views are, you will need to keep your eyes on the trail, as there are steep and rocky sections that can prove to be challenging. To tackle this trail, we recommend that you have a very good level of fitness and bring plenty of water, food and a camera to capture the incredible sights.

Bald Head by Mark Pybus

 

3. Nancy’s Peak, Porongurup NP

Time: 1-3 hours

Length: 5.5km (Loop)

Difficulty:  Grade 4

Location: Porongorup National Park, 23km from Mt Barker & 359km(4 hours) south of Perth.

Nancy’s Peak is an adventure that will test your hiking skills. One of our Top Trails, it will have you trekking through lush karri forest, squeezing between giant boulders and negotiating your way across slippery granite outcrops. However the payoff makes the challenge worthwhile, as the summit of Nancy’s Peak offers beautiful views of the Stirling Ranges and nearby Devil’s Slide.  Nancy’s Peak is just one of the great trails in the Porongurup National Park. While you’re there, don’t miss the Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock, a suspended walkway that gives you a rock-climbers perspective of the surrounding views.

Nancy's Peak by Pelusey Photography

4. Point Possession Heritage Trail, Albany

Time: 1-3 hours

Length: 5km (Loop)

Difficulty:  Grade 3

Location: Quaranup Rd, 18.5km (20 minutes) from Albany & 450km (5 hours) south of Perth

The Point Possession Heritage Trail is a shorter hike that is jam-packed with scenery. Following a narrow strip of land between Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound, the trail gives you magnificent coastal views almost every step of the way. In fact, the trail takes you across two secluded beaches – Brambles Beach and Barker Beach. With its snow white sand and turquoise water, Barker Beach will have you questioning whether you’re awake or in the midst of a blissful dream. If you’re visiting during the warmer months, bring a towel and bathers - you might even find you have this piece of paradise completely to yourself.

 Point Possession, Albany by Life of Py

5. Mt Lindesay Trail, Denmark

Time: Half day

Length: 10km

Difficulty:  Grade 4

Location:  Mt Lindesay Road, 23km north of Denmark & 420km (4.5 hours) south of Perth.

A lesser-known gem, The Mount Lindesay Trail is an excellent hike for those with intermediate skills who are looking for a challenge. The trail begins with a gentle climb through Jarrah forest and heathland, which is home to a rainbow of flowers during spring. Soon enough, the trail picks up the pace, leading you over rocky sections and up sheer granite slopes.  Once you reach the summit of Mount Lindesay, you can rest on one of the many orange-tinged granite rocks and enjoy the sweeping view of the surrounding Walpole Wilderness Area, Stirling and Porongurup Ranges.  

View from Mt Lindesay

 

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