Tree in a Rock

Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Poringurup Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Thursday, November 22, 2012

Porongurup National Park is only a 40 kms drive from Albany and another 20 kms from Mount Barker and further on are the Stirling Rangers home of the highest peak in the south west standing 1,095 metres above sea level and the jagged peaks stretch 65 kms from east to west and is one of few places in Western Australia where snow occasionally falls on it's highest peak and is renowned for unusual and spectacular cloud formations

Porongurup National Park is over 1.1 million years old and one of the oldest in the world, the ranges are 12 kms long, 670 metres high and formed of granite. The Granite Skywalk is atop Castle Rock just 15 mins from Mount Barker at 38 metres high offers spectacular panoramic views...but not for me

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Granite Skywalk

I did, however, risk venturing into the Park to see the Tree in a Rock...thankfully this was a short 100m walk from the entrance, as light rain was damping the trek.
Then it was on to Mount Barker and a visit to the information centre for maps and a stop off at the local renowned bakery for a sugar boost, mmmmm very nice!
There was no point in going to the lookout as it was still raining and would have been in vain, so I just took off north for Cranbrook, Kojonup and then Katanning where I stayed for the night.

Cranbrook was gazetted in 1899, the name was given by JA Wright, engineer in charge of the construction of the railway line and was thus named after towns in his county of Kent, in England. The area soon developed into a productive wool and agricultural area. Sandalwood and mallet bark were also productive industries in the early 1900's.

Kojonup is believed to refer to the "Kodja" or stone axe made by Indigenous Australians from the local stone.The first European in the area was surveyor Alfred Hillman who arrived in 1837 and had been guided to "Kojonup Spring" by the local Aboriginals. The site was an important staging place on the road to Albany, and in 1837 a military post was established there for the protection of travellers and the mail.By 1845 this outpost had grown to support a military barracks, built on the site of the freshwater spring. Today, the barracks still stands on its original site and houses the Kojonup Pioneer Museum. The barracks is in near perfect condition and is one of the oldest buildings in Western Australia. The first farms in Kojonup were set up by soldiers with settlement grants.The appointment in 1865 of a mounted Police Constable marked the phasing out of the military presence at Kojonup. By the late 1860's the military had left and the Barracks became a focus for community gatherings, much as it is today.The town's first Police Station was built in 1869 and the first hotel licence was granted in 1868.

:The first Europeans to explore the Katanning area were Governor James Stirling and Surveyor General John Septimus Roe who travelled through the area in 1835 en route from Perth to Albany.The town site was initially developed by the same company that built the railway, the Western Australian Land Company. The state government purchased the railway and the town site in 1896 and later formally gazetted the town in 1898.Katanning remains an important centre on the Great Southern Railway to Albany
A roller flour mill, later known as the Premier Flour Mill, was constructed close to the centre of the town in 1891 by brothers, Frederick Henry Piesse and Charles Austin Piesse; this in turn encouraged the local farmers to grow wheat which was at the heart of the town's early economic success. The mill is now a museum.An earthquake was centred just south of Katanning at 8:00 am 10 October 2007. The earthquake measured 4.8 on the Richter scale, and is rated as the largest earthquake in the region for four decades.


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