Porongurup National Park is located 48km north of Albany and is distinguished by its granite domes and rock formations set amongst lush karri forests and jarrah/marri woodlands. The 12km range resulted from softer rocks surrounding the range being exposed to the weathering forces of nature over many years. The bushwalks through lush vegetation are enjoyable and the panoramic views from above the range are breathtaking.
A great way to explore the park is by taking the 29km Porongurup Tourist Drive (mostly unsealed road) which leads to all park attractions and provides some exceptional views and scenery along the way. Collect a park map from the payable entry station or the ranger to assist your itinerary and navigation.
A popular walk with impressive views at the end is the Castle Rock Trail to Balancing Rock. The 4km return walk involves walking uphill on gravel road for 500m before tackling the bush trail through jarrah/marri forests, with steep inclines through karri forests to the balancing granite rock. To reach the lookout at the summit you need to be fit and flexible as some rock climbing is involved and also a ladder to the top. The 360 degree views of surrounding bushland, farmland and the Stirling Ranges are spectacular. Disabled toilets, gas barbeques and picnic tables are provided at the carpark.
A couple of easy short walks leave from Tree-in-the-Rock carpark where disabled toilets, gas barbeques and sheltered picnic tables are provided for your convenience.
You can stroll 100m to Tree-In-The Rock which is a karri tree that initially planted its roots in a rock crevice and grew there to maturity. For the more adventurous continue on past the karri tree and complete the 5.5km Nancy Peak Circuit with steep inclines and lookouts along the way.
Bolganup Trail leaves from the same carpark and is a 600m loop through Karri forest and lush vegetation. This is a nice relaxing walk where you can appreciate the nature of the bush.
Wansborough Walk also leaves from Tree-in-the-Rock carpark and is 4km one way and ends at the southern end of the park. It intersects other trails and a lot can be seen at once if you have the stamina to walk a fair distance, or alternatively if you are travelling in a group leave one vehicle at the end of the trail off Millinup Rd.
Devil’s Slide Trail is 5km return beginning along the Wansbrough Walk, then turning right after 1600m. Here you’ll reach the summit of the national park standing at 670m high and offering impressive views.
No camping is permitted in Porongurup National Park. Camp grounds are located nearby at Porongurup and Mt Barker.
Porongurup National Park is unique in its own way and the combination of towering granite rocks and lush karri trees is very appealing.