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.
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.
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".
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.