The Stirling Ranges are located in national park land 75km north of Albany and feature a series of magnificent ranges rising from hectares of flatland. Stirling Range Drive (Heritage Trail) is 42km of unsealed road suitable for both two and four-wheel drive vehicles, winding through the spectacular scenery the park has to offer and providing lookout stops for fantastic photo opportunities.
Bushwalking and wildflower gazing are popular park activities. An abundance of different wildflower species grow in the Stirling Ranges and they are truly beautiful and very colourful, many species exclusive to the park. The best time of year to enjoy the flora is between October and December when the flowers are in full bloom.
There are six bushwalking trails in the park, all steep and quite challenging, so if you are attempting the climbs take plenty of water, wear sturdy footwear and take your time. Even if the weather is warm take a jumper as it can get quite windy towards the top of the peaks and the climate is highly unpredictable in this area. Reasonable fitness is required for all climbs in the park.
The most popular attraction and bushwalking trail is Bluff Knoll, the highest peak in southern WA standing at 1095 metres with 360 degree views from the top. The 6km return walk requires fitness and acceptance of heights. The walk is a constant incline all the way up and especially steep in many areas with loose rocks on the trail. We strongly suggest taking it easy if you are of average fitness and stop for regular drink breaks, regain your breath and rest your legs. The ranger suggests allowing 3 to 4 hours for the walk and registering before you leave. We managed to complete the trail in 2.5 hours walking at a steady pace, enjoying 15 minutes of magic at the top and stopping occasionally for photos on the way down. The views are remarkable, covering the surrounding peaks and ranges, salt lakes, farmland and bushland.
Other walking trails
in the park include:
- Talyuberlup – 2.6km return (783m high) allowing 2 hours
- Mount Trio – 3.5km return (856m high) allowing 3 hours
- Mount Hassell – 3km return (827m high) allowing 3 hours
- Toolbrunup Peak – 4km return (1052m high) allowing 3 to 4 hours
- Mount Magog – 7km return (856m high) allowing 3 to 4 hours
There are plenty of picnic tables, gas barbeques and toilets provided throughout the park. A camp ground with toilets, barbeques and water is located at Moingup Spring
. Fires are prohibited, no showers are available and camp sites are limited. Alternative camping is available at caravan parks on the national park’s border or nearby towns. On entry to the park fees are payable at a pay station where park maps are supplied for your convenience.
When visiting the Stirling Range National Park and its outstanding scenery come prepared for a varying and unpredictable climate. Changes in temperature and conditions can occur suddenly and it has even been known to snow on rare occasions.
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
Return from Stirling Ranges to Western Australia