Porongurup National Park

Porongurup National ParkThe 12km long Porongurup Range lies 48km north of Albany, approximately halfway to the Stirling Range.  The Devil’s Slide is the highest of the Porongurup’s dome-topped peaks. The range’s distinctive domes are the remains of a massive bubble of molten rock which rose from the earth’s core and pushed upwards.
Porongurup National Park covers 2,511ha.  The name of the range is derived from the Aboriginal name Purringorep, which was recorded by Captain Wakefield, who who led the first expedition to the range. His Aboriginal guides Mokare and Nakina told him of this name.
Park Entry Fees are required to be paid at an entry station
Nearest town: Porungurup
Where is it?: 48km north of Albany via Chester Pass Road, Mt Barker-Porongurup Road and Bolganup Road.
Travelling time: 40 minutes from Albany.
Best season to visit: All year round.

What to see and do: Bushwalking, picnicking, sightseeing, scenic drives, rock climbing, nature study, granite dome range, karri forests.
Facilities: Barbecues, toilets, picnic tables. A resident ranger is based at the main entrance on Bolganup Road. The ranger can be contacted on (098) 53 1095.
Safety information: Hikers should take plenty of food, water, wet-weather and warm clothing when walking and notify another person of their plans and expected time of return. Conditions can change rapidly and it is best to be prepared.
Bushwalking trails include - Bolganup Trail, Devil's Slide Trail, Hayward Peak & Nancy Peak Walk, Wansbrough Walk and Castle Rock Trail to Balancing Rock.
Plan ahead and prepare:
  • There are slippery, rough and uneven surfaces throughout the park – wet rocks can be extremely slippery. Granite surfaces can cause serious scrapes to skin. Uneven and sloping surfaces also exist throughout the park.
  • Carry two - three litres of drinking water per person for half to full day walks.
  • Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. Wear boots or sturdy footwear, weatherproof clothing and sun protection.
  • Poisonous 1080 fox baits are spread throughout the park four times a year by hand and aircraft drop. The baits are small chunks of dried meat or pink sausages that should not be handled.
  • Eucalypt trees, especially karri, can shed branches at any time. Be extra aware on windy days.
For further information and to download a brochure on the Porongurup National Park go to:  http://www.everytrail.com/guide/porongurup-national-park
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