Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Sunday, January 9, 2011


JOURNEY: Albany, Porongurup to Stirling Ranges - 144kms

WEATHER: 24 degrees at 10am Albany

MILEAGE: 32389 kms @ Albany

CAMPED: Moingup Springs Camp ground -ranger granted free camping

It was a beautiful sunny morning as we headed for the Stirling Ranges and we talked about that it would be good to go to the mountains for a few days.

We detoured to the Porongurup National Park where we had our first real glimpses of the famous karri trees.The Porongurup Range is quite small at 12kms long and just 670 metres high and camping is not allowed; the day use area had good facilities and we took a short walk to "The Tree in the Rock" which is just that. The day was by now hot and after admiring the karris, watching the rufous tree creepers and lovely robins and marvelling at the granite formations we decided to keep going north.

The Porongurup Rd was quite pictuesque and we noticed a caravan park and some boutique wineries along the way.


Back on Chester Pass Road we reached Moingup Springs camp ground which was only half full and met the camp ground hosts Jan and Doug who directed us to a semi shady spot (we need some sun for solar panels).

The Stirling Ranges stretch 65kms from east to west and contain the highest peak, Bluff Knoll in the south west. From a distance the mountains form a stunning bluish landscape and "Wild Places" reports that the main face of the Bluff is one of the most impressive cliffs on the Australian mainland.

The camping area was a little disappointing at first sight but we came to appreciate the birdlife, silence and good facilities; the forest was scrubby and close to the road.

Once again the resident ranger waived our camping fees and asked whether we would like to host the site in April; with only 10 camp sites and a 15kms drive to the walking trails we decided against the proposition.

On Monday we decided to tackle the 6km return hike up Bluff Knoll, a very popular trek in this part of the world. Classed as medium we did not anticipate 3kms up big rocky steps that took a toll on unused muscles- no flat areas and then all the way down!! But of course we felt a sense of achievement and the views and wildflowers were spectacular.

We enjoyed beautiful sunny days here with refreshingly cool nights. The bird life was impressive and it was perfect just to sit and watch nature finding its way without human interference. It was also special to experience the outdoors without wind and gaze at the marvellous night sky.
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