Bluff Knoll is the highest point in the south west of Western Australia and is situated in the Stirling Range National Park.Climbing Bluff Knoll takes three to four hours for a 6km return track and can be achieved by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. We took a group of 50 or so 12 year old school kids on this walk and they all made it to...more
Mt Trio is 856m above sea level and the 2km walk to the top takes about 3 hours.The first 300m or so is an extremely steep path but once you get pasy this it levels out somewhat before reaching the top.The slopes of Mt Trio are ablaze with a myriad of colourful wildflowers from about mid August to October each year.After completing Bluff Knoll...more
The Bluff Knoll Cafe is a short walk across the road from Stirling Range Retreat.
Here you can buy takeaway food, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
The cafe is also licensed so you can dine in and buy a drink or two.
They are not a liquor store so you cannot buy alcohol to take back for later.
Experience the magic of a clear night sky filled with millions of bright stars as you toast fresh marshmallows in the braziers that are provided. Plenty of firewood is nearby to keep your fire stoked all night.
Just light a warm fire, pour yourself a favourite drink and soak up the peace and quiet of the Australian night bush and sky.
If you stare up at the Milky Way long enough you are guaranteed to catch a shooting star for you to make a personal wish with ;~)
There is no public transport to, or around the Stirling Range National Park so you really do need your own set of wheels
Besides, it's too far to walk to the start of most mountain walks and the to the top and back as well ;~)
It's become a bit of a local tradition to add your own stone to the rock cairn which you will find at the top of Mt Trio.
There are plenty of loose rocks around the top so you don't need to carry one with you for the entire walk.
The Stirling Range seems to generate it's own micro-climate and foggy mornings are not uncommon.The fog lifts quickly as the sun rises but do take care on the roads and also on the mountain trails.Cloud can also come in quickly to make the mountain trails a little tricky to see.Take your time and take care!more
The path on Bluff Knoll is relatively easy to follow particularly the first part of the ascent which are stepped rocks.Nearing the top there is are some small side tracks to beware of as you may lose your way slightly.More importantly, stay well away from any edges and ledges! They could be slippery and will most likely lead to a cliff and a long,...more
Luggage and bags:
Take a small back pack for personal items.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hat & waterproof jacket. The weather can change quickly.
It can be warm in the valley but very cold at the top of the mountain.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellent, first aid kit.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget the camera with spare film or extra memory card.
Miscellaneous: Take water and plenty of it.
Carry 2 litres per person per day.
Even on the coolest of days you will lose plenty of fluid while walking.
There is a mountain spring on the way to the top of Bluff Knoll where you can fill up you water bottle.
It's the sweetest, freshest, cleanest water around for miles... straight from the mountain ;~)
WA's Wheatbelt region is characterised by rolling hills and farmlands which creates a picture of the quintessential Aussie farming country.It's not uncommon to stumble across herds of sheep being guided across the road by an ever attentative Blue Heeler sheep dog followed by a farmer on his ATV.more
Stay on established paths.Use only fuel stoves at bush campsites.Where there are no toilets, bury toilet waste more than 150mm deep and at least 100m from any water supply.Clean, crush and carry out all rubbish.Respect private property by not straying onto land adjacent to the National Park.Be courteous to other track users and be prepared to...more