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What is there to do in Porongurup?
And Mount Barker, and Albany, and Denmark....

 Porongurup Range National Park 

The Porongurup Ranges  have the honour of being the oldest mountain range in the world. 
The Porongurup National Park is a complete contrast to the more arid and open Stirling Ranges. 
Here, huge Karri trees and lush undergrowth forest create a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. It can be wet and moist and most climbs are under this micro climate canopy. 
There are plenty of walking and climbing trails and the peaks are a lot easier to get to! (In our humble opinion!)

Castle Rock

Castle Rock is characterised by sheer granite rock "slice" climbed by a ladder and aerial walkway after a moderate climb and boulder scramble. Hard work, but achievable by most and has a 1-2 hours return. It has amazing views to Stirling Ranges and right through to the coast on a clear day. Not to be missed. Near the peak is Balancing Rock, another amazing granite masterpiece. It is a good climb for the kids through the gorgeous Karri forest. The amazing new million dollar Skywalk at the peak is just superb and we highly recommend it

Tree in the Rock

Tree in the rock is literally a tree growing out of a granite rock. An easy 100m stroll from the Tree in the Rock picnic area on Bolganup Dam Road.

Wansborough Walk

This is an easy stroll through magnificent Karri forest from Tree in the Rock picnic area to Millinup Road.
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Nancy's Peak

Medium level climb, beautiful forest, great views to the Stirling Range. This peak was named after a cow, who escaped her farm and went climbing! She was found up the track to the peak, so they named it Nancy's Peak, in honour of the cheeky bovine! If you are feeling fit, go the whole hog and do the circuit right through to Devil's Slide. 

Food

You can get yummy home cooked food at the Porongurup Shop and Tea Rooms for breakfast and lunch when you are resting during your mountain holiday. We reckon Di's burgers are the best!

They also stock a great range of souvenirs, crafts, books and gifts. 

For a vineyard lunch, you can pre order a picnic basket from Castle Rock Estate, or enjoy coffee, cake and a light lunch at Ironwood Estate Wines.

Our neighbours, Zarephath Wines offer lunches most weekends. 

If you enjoy Thai, Maleeyas Thai Cafe is open Fri, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays for lunch and dinner. You must book at Maleeyas, even for takeaways. Call 9853 1123 for enquiries and bookings.


Art and Craft in Porongurup

Galleries

Ironwood Estate Wines and Manyat Peak Gallery have displays of art. Hilde at Dukes is a talented artist and has her work on display in their cellar. Contact them direct for opening times.

Lothlorien

Lothlorien Studio is 14km off Takalarup off Chester Pass. Dave Taylor's creations include wrought iron and wood craft. Telephone Dave and Janine Taylor on (08) 9854 3009 to arrange a viewing.

Stirling Range National Park

Once part of the ocean, this is now a spectacular National Park. If you climb a peak, look for the ancient ripples in the rocks, there were once part of the sea.

Bluff Knoll

Bluff Knoll is the third highest mountain in Western Australia at 1073m above sea level. Estimated climbing time is 4 hours return, and is rated a medium to hard climb (the record ascent is 28 minutes!). Always be prepared for a change in weather on Bluff Knoll, even in summer. There are has a spectacular views from the summit, especially looking down on the car park you started from! 

Toolbrunup

Toolbrunup is the second highest peak in the Stirling Ranges. Again a climb rated medium to hard and 3-4 hours return. It is heart pounding scale to peak, not for those afraid of heights, but totally worth it. There is an amazing rainforest at base of mountain part way into the climb. Of a similar difficulty level are Mt Trio and Talyuberlup. 

Easier Climbs

For those feeling like an easier climb during their mountain holiday, try Toll Peak or Mt Hassell. Both offer magnificent views from their peaks.

City of Albany

The beautiful City of Albany has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and beautiful scenery. The city offers numerous restaurants, pubs, and all the shopping you would expect in a major city centre.

A walk down the main street, York Street provides a haven for shoppers, with a historical feel, with Princess Royal Harbour at the bottom as a bonus! Within the city itself are many "must-sees" most just five minutes from York Street.

You may even be lucky enough to spot a cruise ship moored at the port! Albany also has the usual takeaway food selections, Coles, Woolworths, Target and all the usual large specialty chains. You will find that there is not much you can't buy in Albany!

24 hour fuel is available at Caltex York Street, and Caltex North Road. Albany Hospital has an Emergency Department, and there are numerous pharmacies throughout the city.

Dog Rock

On Middleton Road, adjacent to Dog Rock Shopping Centre, you will find this unique granite formation. You can't miss it!  Woof! 

Mount Clarence Lookout and ANZAC Interpretive Centre

At Mount Clarence Spectacular views through to Princess Royal Harbour, the City and Middleton Beach. On a clear day you can see the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges. The ANZAC Interpretive Centre opened in October 2014, to commemorate the leaving of the Troops from Albany in 1914. Free entry to grounds, fees apply for entry into the Centre

Mount Meville Lookout 

On the other side of town, this lookout, affectionately known as the "Spark Plug" also offers excellent views. 

Middleton Beach

Beautiful sheltered beach on King George Sound, ideal for kiddies. Shady grassed picnic area, pirate ship play ground and BBQ facilities. We reckon that fish and chips on the beach at sunset can't be beaten! Try 3 Anchors for coffee, meal or drinkie. Around the bend is Hybla, another good dining place.

Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is a spectacular walk from Middleton Beach through to City of Albany. An absolute must on your holiday. A total of 6km in length, it begins as a boardwalk around the cliff face and then changes to a well maintained path. You will love the view. Many viewing and rest areas have been provided and there are historical statues and information along the way. Also the best place to spot whales during the winter months when they come in close in the warmer waters. Seals can be seen in the cooler months

Emu Point

At Emu Point, there is another beautiful, sheltered beach on Oyster Harbour, great for the kids. There is a jetty for exploring, boat marina and a cafe.

Brig Amity

On the Princess Royal Drive, there is a replica of the ship that brought the first settlers to Albany. You can pay a couple of dollars for the self-guided tour. It gives real insight into life back in the 1800's aboard a ship.

Torndirrup National Park

Be amazed at The Gap, Natural Bridge and The Blowholes. Note – the walk to the blowholes is about 1km, and they don't always blow, so be prepared to perhaps not see anything!

Continue to the end of Frenchman Bay Road to Frenchman’s Bay, the remains of a whaling station and Vancouver Spring.

It is also well worth a visit is Whaleworld with museum, guided tour of the old whaling station and whale skeleton.

The new Discovery Bay addition at Whaleworld includes BBQ and picnic area with a view, Australian animal Wildlife Park (you can pat kangaroos) and a Native Flora garden to explore.

There are many other coves and interesting places to visit in Torndirrup on your mountain holiday, just watch for the signs.

Albany Wind Farm

Albany Wind Farm is Located off Frenchman Bay Road. Don't be deceived by the size of the turbines from a distance, you won't believe how huge they are.

Stand underneath and experience it. Numerous viewing platforms and walk tracks through this area.
There are many boat cruises, whale watching and tours available around the Albany area.

 The HMAS Perth wreck is a must for the divers! If you feel like being a bit more casual, Albany offers great shopping, gorgeous beaches, horse riding, sailing, three golf courses and movie cinema. 

Also popular with the kids are the Albany Ten Pin Bowling and go-karts or Nippers Marron Farm and Animal Park.

Mum and Dad might also like to check out Great Southern Distillery on Frenchman Bay Road, or one of the pubs in town, or The Sandalwood Factory near the airport.

Mount Barker

Mt Barker Tower

There are great views over Porongurup and Stirling Ranges from this tower on Mt Barker Hill. It is much more awesome than you think from a distance.

When you get there, look up the tower it’s pretty amazing!

There are many, many wineries around this area awaiting exploration. For more information, see the wineries page! 

The Old Police Station Museum

It was built by convict labour in 1868. A Courthouse was added in 1919 and the main police duties were to have horses ready for the mail coach from Perth to Albany.

They also patrolled as far as Esperance on horseback and performed censes duties, weather reporting and mail deliveries.

When visiting the Museum today, you will see artefacts from local residents, as well as history from its days as a one teacher school. Old wagons, machinery and buildings also feature. It is open on weekends, public holidays and school holidays, and other times by appointment. Children under 12 are free.

The Mount Barker Visitor Centre can be contacted on 9851 1163.

Food

There are lots of great places for coffees, lunch or dinner during your mountain holiday. Try lunch at the Grocery Store, the Cafe at the Pub across from the IGA, Barker's Caff or Go Fish and Chips. For Dinner, try either of the hotels in town for a great country pub meal. United Roadhouse does fabulous home cooked meals, fish and chips and rolls and is open late. Try something yummy for the award winning Mount Barker Bakery- open breakfast and lunch.

NOTE: Being a small country town, you may find limited evening options on the quieter days of the week. We suggest that you always contact the establishment direct to confirm opening days and hours.

Denmark

Mount Shadforth Drive and Scotsdale Road

One of the fastest growing towns in the Great Southern, but has still retained peace, tranquillity and environmental integrity. Has many unique shops and craft outlets, and is a great springboard for exploring Walpole and Nornalup.
Mount Shadforth Drive and Scotsdale Road is quite simply, a spectacular drive for those wanting to see giant Karri trees, and one of the main tourist routes in Denmark. While here, drop in at Pentland Alpaca Farm, which has every animal you can imagine, most of which you can hand or bottle feed. If you have kids, or just love animals it's a must! While you are there, ask if you can have a goat massage!

Denmark River

Peaceful and tranquil, ideal picnic spot, or the perfect spot to enjoy something awesome from the multi award winning Denmark Bakery.

Green's Pool

Green’s pool has stunning and safe swimming spots, great for all the family. Take your snorkelling gear, and while you are there, check out nearby Elephant Rocks.

Ocean Beach

This is a beautiful beach well worth checking, especially if you like watching surfers. 

Dinosaur World

Dinosaur world is going further afield. It is halfway between Denmark and Walpole, life size dinosaur replicas, snakes, lizards, very friendly birds to hold and kangaroos to pat. Picnic facilities, BBQs and gift shop.

While you are out this way, check out the world famous Tree Top walk, and the Nornalup National Park, visit the Giant Tingle Tree, and drive through the Valley of the Giants. 

Wineries and the Toffee Factory

There are heaps of great wineries in Denmark, most on Mt Shadforth or Scotsdale Tourist Drive. Also check out the Cheese Factory at Ducketts Mill Winery. We love The Lake House and Rickety Gate too as our personal favourites but all the wineries are of a high standard. We also highly recommend Pepper and Salt Restaurant, it's only open limited days though, so give them a call to check.

We also recommend the "Toffee Factory", just after the Williams Bay Rd on the main highway towards Walpole. There are not only the biggest ice cream cones ever, but also "A Bit on The Side Sauces", cider tastings, as well as fudge and toffees. The garlic mayonnaise is yum! Try it on a freshly cooked steak! 

More Beaches 

Little Beach

Little beach has been voted the "Best Beach in Australia". Simply superb beach perfect for children and adults alike. It is calm and shallow, with lots of rock pools and stunning surrounds. And, it has its own very special squeaky sand that's worth the trip alone !

Two People's Bay

Next to Little Beach, this beach is huge, with ample shaded picnic area and BBQ's.  Great views to Mt Manypeaks.

Waychinicup National Park

Waychinicup National Park is enclosed between Norman's Beach and Cheyne Beach with its highest feature Mt Manypeaks. Cheynes Beach offers beautiful swimming and superb fishing, especially salmon, when in season. Waychinicup Inlet is beautiful early morning and late afternoon. Also check out the Sealer's Oven, at the Inlet, which has been preserved by the National Trust.

** PLEASE NOTE: Fees apply at most National Parks, including the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges, and Waychinicup National Park so please remember to take some money with you! **
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