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Hiking in Stirling Range National Park

Hiking the Stirling Range


The Stirling Range National Park is a gem of a hiking destination located 100km north of Albany in the south of Western Australia. Running east-west, the chain of granite, sandstone and quartzite peaks contains the largest elevation points in the entire South West (see the Pilbara for the highest points in WA). A biodiversity playground full of unique plants, animals and birds, we are lucky to have trails that take you to six of the peaks in the area.

Where - Located 100km north of Albany, from the centre of town head along Albany Highway until you reach the big roundabout. Take the Chester Pass Road exit and follow this north until you reach the signs for the park. The park is split in two with Bluff Knoll on the eastern side of Chester Pass Road, Mount Trio off Formby Road South and the remaining four hikes accessible on Stirling Range Drive, a gravel road winding its way through the peaks to the west. If you are coming from Perth then follow the signs from Albany Highway as you approach from the north. 

When - Due to the cooler climate of the South West, the hikes can be completed at any time of year but the Stirling Range has its own weather patterns so care must be taken. The peaks are quite often shrouded in low lying clouds, especially in the morning and the weather can change suddenly. The park is best experienced in spring and early summer when the wildflowers are in bloom but on certain occasions throughout the winter it may be cold enough for snow on Bluff Knoll. If you are planning a visit then be respectful of the conditions, pack a jumper, rain jacket and plenty of water and know your limits. 

Food and Drink - Being a national park, the food and drink options are somewhat limited. The Bluff Knoll Cafe on the corner of Chester Pass Rd and Bluff Knoll Rd is a great place for a coffee, meal or even a sneaky drink from the small bar. For something a bit more upmarket, check out the Porongurups, 50km south of the park where you'll find great wineries, arts and crafts and a distillery. The nearest supermarket is located in the town of Cranbrook, to the west of the park where you will also find fuel.

Accommodation - There are two accommodation options within or close to the park with various levels of comfort. The Stirling Range Retreat is the only accommodation option that offers cabins and rooms (it even has a pool) and they also offer services for caravans and campers. Located opposite Bluff Knoll Road, it is a great base to use if you don't like the idea of camping or want a little bit more luxury than a tent. The Mt Trio Bush Camp is on the northern border of the park and is a large space for caravans and campers with a central area containing showers, a camp kitchen, fire pit, laundry and the Bluff Knoll Ski Club.  

Dieback - A symptom of Phytophthora infection, dieback is a big concern in the Stirling Range. Spread through the transporting of soil, make sure you use the dieback stations provided to clean your shoes or in areas where they are not provided, bring a brush and a spray bottle of diluted methylated spirits. There is no effective treatment for dieback once it spreads to an area so everyone must be vigilant with their hiking equipment. 

Check out the hikes below and start planning your adventure!!!

Bluff Knoll

Bluff Knoll

Length - 6.3km (Return)

Summit - 1095m

The most popular hike in the Stirling Range, Bluff Knoll is an icon of Western Australia, as it's the highest peak in the south of the state. Expect stunning views from the summit on a clear day.

Mount Hassell

Length - 2.9km (Return)

Summit - 800m

One of the smaller peaks in the Stirling Range, Mount Hassell is a fun three tiered climb that is perfectly positioned to provide amazing views of the surrounding peaks.

Hikes in the Stirling Range
Mountain Hikes in the Stirling Range

Mount Magog

Length - 6.4km (Return)

Summit - 796m

My favourite hike in the Stirling Range, Mount Magog contains some of the steepest gradients of all the day hikes and in springtime it comes alive with all colours under the rainbow.

Mount Trio

Length - 3km (Return)

Summit - 801m

The northern most trail in the park, Mount Trio starts off with some brutal gradients before reaching a gentle saddle section. Enjoy great views from the summit of the surrounding peaks.

Day Hikes in the Stirling Ranges
Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Stirling Ridge Walk

Length - 25km (One Way)

Summit - 1095m

The toughest hike in Western Australia, this off track adventure requires good navigation skills and fitness but provides a unforgettable challenge for those that are ready.

Talyuberlup Peak

Length - 2.5km (Return)

Summit - 724m

Taking you on a steep climb, the hike up to the summit of Talyuberlup Peak is tough but there is plenty to explore near the top including a cave and stunning rocky spire.

Talyuberlup Peak
Summit Hikes in the Stirling Range

Toolbrunup Peak

Length - 4.2km (Return)

Summit - 985m

Arguably the hardest day hike in the Stirling Range, Toolbrunup provides a challenging adventure as you scramble up boulder fields towards the final rocky climb to the narrow summit.

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