Western Australia

Part 10 - Stirling Range National Park

Following South Coast Highway, the next stop is Stirling Range National Park, some
80 Kms north of Albany. This was done passing a flock of grasshoppers
somewhere on the way through Gnowangerup Shire.
Stirling Range national Park covers some 1.150 square Kms and is known to be one
of the outstanding botanic reserves in Australia. It is known for its rugged scenery
and spectacular wildflowers.

After passing flock of grasshoppers    After passing flock of grasshoppers    Heading towards Stirling Range    Stirling Range Ntl Park    Bluff Knoll

Stirling Range Flora     Bluff Knoll Trail     Stirling Range View     Bluff Knoll     Bluff Knoll Trail

Bluff Knoll is the highest peak in the Stirling Range Ntl Park and South western Australia.
It reaches 1.073 meters above sea level. This peak, as well as the 4 others rising over 1.000 meters, are often shrouded in mist and weather conditions may change rapidly any time
of the year. So you better be prepared for sudden cool change. Fortunately the weather
was great during our hike, which is some 6 Kms return from the car park.
Depending on your fitness, it will take 3 to 4 hours return, but the top
offers such great views that you would not want to return at once.

View from Bluff Knoll      View from Bluff Knoll      View from Bluff Knoll      View from Bluff Knoll      Stirling Range Flora

Bluff Knoll Trail      Stirling Range Flora      Stirling Range Flora      Stirling Range Flora

The Stirling Range Drive offers great views of the park, the road is unsealed and
at various parts becomes rather rough.
On the way down to Albany and the Rainbow coast, another stop worth a
visit is Mt Barker, a centre of a farming and fruit area, which is now also
recognized as a premium wine producing region. You will find a lot of wineries
and you should take the opportunity to take a time out here.

Stirling Range Drive   Stirling Range Drive   Stirling Range Drive   Stirling Range Drive   Stirling Range Ntl Park

Kimberley      Broome and 80Mile Beach      Karijini       Millstream Chichester  and Cape Range      Shark Bay
Kalbarri and Nambung         Perth and York        Wave Rock and Goldfields        Esperance       Stirling Range
Rainbow- South Coast and Southwest Corner

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