November 6th, 2020
Hungover weekends are so passé – getting outside and into nature has become the average Perth-goer’s favourite new past time. If you’re wondering where to get started, here’s a bunch of different options with something to suit all experience, fitness and skill levels.
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 (so perhaps plan some overnight accomodation).
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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. Read our full guide here.
WA’s famed Bibbulmun Track stretches for over 1000kms, all the way from Kalamunda up in the hills down to Albany and the south coast. It’s an incredible walk with nine challenging sections, some more challenging than others. In terms of proximity to Perth, one of the more popular sections is the 12km loop from Sullivan’s Rock to Monadnock’s Campsite, out near Jarrahdale. There are plenty of hills to tackle, but the rewarding views atop places like Mount Vincent and Mount Cuthbert are absolutely worth it. The Bibbulmun Track WEBSITE is your best starting to point to see which area of the Bibbulmun Track you want to tackle.
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