Bluff Knoll (Stirling Range National Park)
Bluff Knoll is the highest peak in the Stirling Range National Park and the third highest peak in all of W.A. The return hike itself is 6kms in length and usually takes around 3-4 hours to complete. The track is clearly marked but is at times fairly steep and rough. It is recommended that only those with an at least a moderate level of fitness attempt the hike.
A 5 hour drive south of Perth will get you to the car park at the base of the trail.
Oh and unbeknown to most; if you’re lucky you might even spot a quokka hiding in the bushes on your way up!
Photo by @alicia_britton
Bald Head (Albany)
Located in Torndirrup National Park in Albany, the Bald Head Walk Trail is a moderately challenging 12.5 kilometre return hike, providing stunning views of the Southern Ocean and King George Sound.
The return walk takes between 3-6 hours and is recommended only to those with a reasonable level of fitness and experience.
Photo by @whatisanooka
Summit Trail (Mount Augustus)
The Summit Trail takes walkers up to the top of the biggest “rock” in the world, Mount Augustus or Burringurrah as it is known by the local Wadjari Aboriginal people, which at 717 metres high, is twice as tall as Uluru. The climb to the top provides extensive views over the vast surrounding plains and distant ranges. During dawn and dusk, its colour changes almost minute by minute from deep indigo to bright pink, orange or red and occasionally green.
The challenging return trail is 12kms in length and generally takes around 6-8 hours to complete.
Mount Augustus is very remote; the nearest city is Carnarvon, which is 430 kilometres west from the mountain – so please plan accordingly.
Photo by @saltysummits
Castle Rock (Albany)
Castle Rock is located in the Porongurup National Park, just a 45-minute drive north from Albany.
A two-kilometre walk from the Castle Rock picnic area will take you to the rock’s lower lookout. Reaching the granite skywalk upper lookout requires scrambling through and over rocks and climbing a 6-metre ladder.
The return walk takes around 1-3 hours.
Photo by @mayhem85
Rocky Pool Walk (Perth Hills)
The Rocky Pool walk is a 5km loop in the Kalamunda National Park with beautiful seasonal wildflowers and abundant wildlife along the way. The walk only takes between 1-2 hours but does have some slightly difficult, steep loose descents.
The highlight of the walk is the rock pool itself (pictured below), which is often only filled with water during the wetter months or soon after significant periods of rainfall.
Photo by @soups_tony
Cover photo of Bald Head in Albany by the talented Salty Wings!