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Porongurup Range - a Range of Attractions
A 15 minute drive east of Mount Barker brings you to the oldest mountain range in the world, the unique Porongurups.
Over 1 million years old, this ancient forest island is home to towering granite peaks, majestic stands of karri trees and is surrounded by some of Mount Barker�s leading wineries. Renowned for its awesome natural beauty,wildflowers, colourful local characters and huge variety of natural sightseeing attractions, the Porongurups is the complete tourism destination.
Blessed with a laid-back country atmosphere and talented local artists, the region caters for romantic couples, touring families, foodies, wine lovers or active tourists in search of bushwalking, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
Walks in the Porongurups
Survival Tips - Park Pass required; weather can change quickly, so wear appropriate clothing, footwear and sunscreen; carry water.
The Pass - easy walk from the Tree in the Rock car park; 2km return - allow 1 hr.
Hayward Peak - medium difficulty; 3km return - allow 2 hrs.
Devils Slide - elevation 600 - 650m; moderate, slippery in wet weather; 2km return - allow 2 hrs; side trail from tree in the rock circuit; intriguing rock faces, huge granite formations, splendid views; views to both north and south and a marvelous place to have a picnic lunch.
Marmabup Rock - via Devils slide; for experienced walkers only ; 5km return - allow 5 hrs.
Tree in the Rock Circuit - elevation 600 - 650m; medium walk; allow 2-3 hrs; spectacular views, picnic area, barbeques; takes in Hayward Peak, Nancy Peak and Morgan's Views. Start at the picnic area at end of Bolganup Rd.
Castle Rock - elevation 500m; moderate hike - not for the faint hearted; 1.5km - allow 2-3 hours. Start at picnic area at eastern end of ranges. Head up steep hill through Karri trees. Descend before climbing next hill to Balancing Rock. Here is a wonderful photo opportunity. The next part is not easy. Climb over rocks, through a crevice, up a ladder then along a catwalk to the summit for magnificent views. Other trees are red gum, jarrah.
Wansborough Walk - hard ; 4km - allow 2-4 hrs. From Millinup R oad turn onto Wansborough Walk. when road divides turn left to picnic area. Start of walk is up steep hill. Trail divides to Devils Slide or Nancy Peak.
Scenic Drive - Turn off Porongurup Road onto Woodlands Road then left onto Rangeview Road. Turn left onto Bolganup Road then back onto Porongurup Road.
Scenic Drive - Follow Porongurup Road onto Chesterpass Road, then turn right . At 1.5km turn right onto Millinup Road. At Woodlands Road turn right . Either travel back to Porongurup Road or turn right onto Rangeview Road then left into Bolganup Road and back onto Porongurup Road.