Bushwalk

Magnificent Mountain Walks


The Stirling Range offers some of the best bush walking in Western Australia. All peaks offer excellent views and walkers discover flowering plants at any time of year.

  • Wild flowers are profuse in September and October.
  • Well camouflaged orchids bloom from mid August to early November.
  • From November to January high country walkers find the higher the altitude the more flowers they discover.
  • From April, enjoy autumn (fall) bush walking which can be magic. In winter, (mid May to mid August) when strong southerly wind and widespread frost occurs, there is an increased likelyhood of snow on top of the highest peaks. When snow is forecast, weather conditions on the mountain tops are extreme.

Available from the Retreat Office:

  • Free maps of flat walks in the Stirling Range National Park - Abbey - Mt James - Kanga - Paper Collar - Ongerup Creek Walks.
  • Sunrise and sunset times. Also moonrise and set times.
  • Mountains are full of surprises. Weather can change rapidly with little notice, during any day and month of the year. Be prepared for wind chill and low cloud.
 

BLUFF KNOLL

Altitude: 1094.97m    Length of track: 6kms return    Hiking time: 3-4 hours    Difficulty: Class 4

Listed as one of Australia’s 25 best hikes, Bluff Knoll is the highest peak in south W.A. With 360° views at the summit, it offers ocean glimpses on a clear day. It was last burnt (caused by lightning) on 26/10/00. The 1st seat is 5 minutes ramble along the trail. Depending on pace, about one fifth of the way ( approx 25 minutes hike) from the car park, a small stream, covered by rocks crosses the trail when it rains. This is a favourite destination for those who enjoy plant diversity & bird watching.


Bluff Knoll dominates the view from Stirling Range Retreat. The 8km Bluff Knoll access road is just outside the Retreat's gate.

 

TOOLBRUNUP PEAK

Altitude: 1052m    Length of track: 4kms return    Hiking time: 3-4 hours    Difficulty : Class 5

A favourite. West from Bluff Knoll, Toolbrunup towers above other mountains. Burnt in January 1996 (lightning strike) the trail is wilderness, compared to Bluff Knoll trail. Steep loose rock and scree are encountered on the last quarter of the trail, leading to a summit half the size of a tennis court. Magnificent 360° views.


This mountain appeals to hikers wanting a "top of the world experience".

 

ELLEN PEAK

Altitude: 1012m    Length of track: 22kms return    Hiking time: 7-8 hours    Difficulty: Extreme

A 900 metre climb at the eastern end of the Stirling Range Ridge Walk. Apart from the first five kilometres of firebreak, the track is informal and unmarked and easy to lose. A compass traverse may be necessary. Very strong gusty winds and/or white out conditions sometimes occur at short notice. Please contact Retreat office for access to Ellen Peak.

 

STIRLING RIDGE WALK

Maximum Altitude: 1095m    Length of track: 28.8kms circuit from Bluff Knoll to Ellen Peak, returning via North east track to Bluff

Knoll Road. Reference map DOLA 1:15,000 "Eastern Stilrings."    Hiking time: 2-4 days    Difficulty: extreme

This is the only hike in Western Australia with alpine weather conditions. It involves narrow ledges, very steep ascents and descents and much scrambling over jagged rocks and through sharp bush. Violent weather change including very strong gusty wind, hail, whiteout, sleet or snow can occur with little notice...(more)

 

MT TRIO

Altitude: 856m    Length of track: 3kms return    Hiking time: 1.5-2 hours    Difficulty : Class 4

A shorter favourite. The steep trail with some scree begins at the car park with a board walk. The three summits were burnt in 1996 - caused by lightning. Mt Trio has great wild flower displays from mid Aug. to Oct. and, towards the plateau beautiful mountain bells will be discovered during spring.


Mt Trio, with three separate peaks linked together by a plateau was originally known as Warrungup.

 

MT MAGOG

Altitude: 856m    Length of track: 8kms return    Hiking time: 3-4 hours    Difficulty : Class 5

Burnt by lightning strike in Jan. 1999 - the trail, over grown in some places, commences from the white gum/heath picnic area, through a beautiful valley towards the summit. Has pegs as markers for the final kilometre to the summit.



MT HASSEL

Altitude: 847m    Length of track: 4kms return    Hiking time: 2.5 hours    Difficulty : Class 4

Burnt in January 1996 - lightning again. This popular hike finishes with a short steep scramble over a dome of rock, forming the summit. Mt Hassel is also well endowed with flowers during spring.


TALYUBERLUP PEAK

Altitude: 783m    Length of track: 3kms return    Hiking time: 2-3 hours    Difficulty : Class 5

A rock hopper's paradise. Talyuberlup has interesting chasms, rocky spires and narrow gullies. Some scrambling over rock ledges is required. Burnt by wildfire started by lightning January 1997. To experience the best of this mountain Tony Morphet’s book Part 1 "Peaks West of Chester Pass Road," is a highly recommended guide.

Recommended attire for hiking in the Stirlings includes long
trousers, a long sleeved shirt, weather proof jacket, boots or sturdy
shoes with non slip soles, sunscreen and a hat.

  • Be sure to carry enough water. Walkers should carry two to three litres of water per person for half to full day walks depending on the weather.
  • All refuse including food scraps must be carried out of the National Park. !! NO LITTER PLEASE !! Leave No Trace.
  • Toilet practises: Please make sure it is all buried, including paper products.
  • All flora and fauna are protected - the picking of wildflowers is prohibited.
  • Dogs and cats are not permitted in the National Park - not even in parked vehicles. To kill foxes 1080 poison baits are scattered in the National Park. These baits kill cats and dogs.

Long distance walkers should register in the log books at the Bluff
Knoll Picnic Area at the corner of Chester Pass Road and Bluff Knoll
Road. Remember to sign in upon your return.