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From majestic mountains, to vineyards, perfect beaches and rugged coastline you will find it all in The Great Southern.







Bluff Knoll

Bluff Knoll
Little Beach

Little Beach
Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge
Middleton Beach

Middleton Beach
Dog Rock

Dog Rock
Stirling Sunrise

Stirling Sunrise
The Gap

The Gap

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PORONGURUP RANGE NATIONAL PARK

The OLDEST mountain range in the WORLD!

Castle Rock, Porongurup National Park The Porongurup National Park is a complete contrast to the Stirling Ranges. Here, huge Karri trees and lush undergrowth forest create a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. There are plenty of walk tracks and the peaks are alot easier to get to!

Castle Rock: Sheer granite rock climbed by a ladder and aerial walkway after a moderate climb and boulder scramble. Still hard work, but achievable by most.1-2 hours return. 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. A good climb for kids through gorgeous Karri forest.The amazing new million dollar Skywalk at the peak is just superb!

Tree In The Rock: 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: Easy stroll through magificent Karri forest from Tree In The Rock picnic area to Millinup Road. Great for wildflowers when in season.

Nancy's Peak: Medium level climb, beautiful forest, great views to the Stirling Range. Go the whole hog and do the circuit right throught to Devil's Slide.

Wineries, Wineries, Wineries: All along Porongurup Road and across Chester Pass to Moorialup Road are the award winning wineries. Most have tastings 7 days and glorious views. See link for individual Porongurup, Albany, Denmark, Frankland River and Mt Barker Wineries. Please contact wineries direct for more information.

Food:You can get yummy home cooked food at the Porongurup Shop and Tea Rooms for breakfast and lunch. (may open for dinner during peak times such as Easter.) 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 have 3 options- order a picnic basket from Castle Rock Estate, or enjoy coffee and a vineyard platter at Jingalla Wines, or coffee, cake and a light lunch at Ironwood Estate Wines. 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 takeways.Ph: 9853 1123 for enquiries and bookings.For information on booking requirements for the wineries, please see the wineries link just below!

For more information on the Porongurups click here.

or telephone the Mt Barker Tourist Bureau on (08) 9851 1163.

The 2012 Porongurup Wine Festival will be be another great day out. Next year it is at Castle Rock Estate on Sunday the 4th of March from 10am- 5pm. Book your accommodation well ahead of time for this weekend!

.For more information on the 2012 Wine Festival please phone Wendy or Angelo at Castle Rock Estate on: (08) 9853 1035


THE WINERIES

For a listing of the Great Southern Wineries Click Here


STIRLING RANGE NATIONAL PARK

Bluff Knoll

Bluff Knoll: 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. Spectacular view, well worth the climb.

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

Cascade Falls: Along the walk track to Bluff Knoll, relatively easy walk to these falls. Only flows in winter and spring.

Easier Climbs !!: For those feeling like an easier climb try Toll Peak or Mt Hassell. Both offer magnificent views from their peaks.

ART AND CRAFT

Various types of art and craft can be found throughout the entire Great Southern region. Some very gifted artisans create in the Porongurup area and are well worth a visit

Lothlorien Studio: 14km on Takalarup off Chester Pass. Dave Taylor's magnificent creations include wrought iron and wood craft. Also a range of mosaics, glassware and pottery from other West Australian artists.Telephone Dave and Janine Taylor on (08)9854 3009 to arrange a viewing.

Jarrah Crafts:1.2km down Spring Road off Porongurup Road. Fine selection of beautiful wood crafts.Open daily 8-4:30pm.


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 takeway 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 Hopsital has an Emergency Department, and there are numerous pharmacies throughout the city.

Dog Rock

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

Mount Clarence Lookout: Spectacular views through to Princess Royal Harbour, the City and Middleton Beach. On a clear day you can see the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges. Be prepared for an 88 step climb to get to the top, although there is a disabled access carpark. Check with Albany Visitor Centre for opening times of disabled access: Freecall: 1800 644 088 or see link at bottom of this page!

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 and BBQ facilities. We reckon that fish and chips on the beach at sunset can't be beaten!

Boardwalk: 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 and if you are lucky you may see "Sammy the Seal" perched on his rock. 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.(Update: Sammy the Seal now has a memorial in his honour at Emu Point after passing away in February 2006. He will be missed by locals and tourists alike.) Other seals can be seen in the cooler months, just not our mate Sammy!

Brig Amity: On Princess Royal Drive, a replica of the ship that brought the first settlers to Albany. Worth paying a couple of dollars for the self guided tour. Gives real insight into life back in the 1800's aboard a ship.

Emu Point: Another beautiful, sheltered beach on Oyster Harbour, great for the kids. Great jetty for exploring, boat marina and cafe.

Natural Bridge-Torndirrup National ParkTorndirrup 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 Frenchmans Bay, the remains of a whaling station and Vancouver Spring. Also well worth a visit is Whaleworld with museum, guided tour of the old whaling station and whale skeleton.There are many other coves and interesting places to explore in Torndirrup, just watch for the signs.

Albany Wind Farm: 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.

Albany Windfarm

There are many boat cruises, whale watching and tours available around the Albany area. Please see bottom of this page for further contacts.

The HMAS Perth wreck is a must for the divers, and for the non divers, check out the wreck live from the Dive Cam under the ocean! Dive Cam LIVE!!! Click Here! Awesome!

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,, Nippers Marron Farm and Animal Park and the Gemstone Museum. Mum and Dad might also like to check out Albany Distillery on Frenchman Bay Road, or one of the pubs in town, or The Sandalwood Factory near the airport.




Mount Barker

Mt Barker Tower: 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- pretty amazing!

Wineries, Wineries, Wineries: There are many, many wineries around this area awaiting exploration (See wineries link below).

Food: Lots of great places for coffees,lunch or dinner. Try lunch atThe Grocery Store, the Sail Inn Cafe, the Bretzel or the Station House. For Dinner, try the Station House, or either of the Hotels in town for a great country pub meal. BP Roadhouse does fabulous home cooked meals, fish and chips and rolls etc 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.

The Old Police Station Museum: 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 artifacts from local residents, as well as history from itís days as a one teacher school. Old wagons, machinery and buildings also feature. Open 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 or see the link at the bottom of this page!


Denmark

One of the fastest growing towns in the Great Southern, but has still retained peace, tranquility and environmental integrity. Has many unique shops and craft outlets, and is a great springboard for exploring Walpole and Nornalup.

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

Mount Shadforth Drive and Scotsdale Road: 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 (including a Bison!), 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!)

Green's Pool: Stunning, safe swimming spot, great for all the family. Take your snorkelling gear, and while you are there, check out nearby Elephant Rocks.

Ocean Beach: Beautiful beach well worth checking out.

Dinosaur World: Going further afield- Halfway between Denmark and Walpole, lifesize 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: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 faves, but all the wineries are of a high standard. We also recommend the "Toffee Factory", just after the Williams Bay Rd on the main highway towards Walpole. Not only the biggest ice cream cones ever, but also "A Bit On The Side" Sauces, and cider tastings, as well as fudge and toffees. (Go the garlic mayonaise- YUM! Try it on a freshly cooked steak- heaven!)

MORE BEACHES

Little Beach-Two People Bay Nature Reserve

Little Beach: Voted the "Best Beach In Australia" Simply superb beach perfect for children and adults alike. Calm and shallow, with lots of rock pools and stunning surrounds. And, it's own very special squeaky sand that's worth the trip alone! In the Two People Bay Nature Reserve.

Two People 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: Enclosed between Norman's Beach and Cheyne Beach with it's highest feature Mt Manypeaks. Cheyne Beach offers beautiful swimming and superb fishing. Waychinicup Inlet is especially beautiful early morning and late afternoon where you can catch mists around the peaks. 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, so please remember to take some money with you! ***

Easy Reference Guide To Attractions
Albany Torndirrup National Park Two People Bay Nature Reserve Waychiniup National Park Denmark Mt Barker Stirling Range National Park Porongurup National Park
Dog Rock, Middleton Beach and Boardwalk, Emu Point, Mt Clarence and Mt Melville Lookouts, Amity, The Old Farm, Town Hall, Old Post Office, whale watching and tours galore! Wind Farm, Natural Bridge, The Gap, Blowholes, Whaleworld, Frenchman Bay, Vancouver Spring Little Beach, Two People Bay Cheyne Beach, Norman's Beach, Waychiniup Inlet, Mt Manypeaks, Sealer's Oven Green's Pool, Denmark River, Wilson Inlet, Mt Shadforth Drive, Ocean Beach, Elephant Rocks, Coalmine Beach Mt Barker Hill, Wineries Bluff Knoll Carpark, Cascade Falls, Stirling Range Drive Castle Rock and Balancing Rock, Tree In The Rock, Wansborough Walk, Wineries, Art and Craft

For more information on Great Southern Attractions try these websites:


Albany Visitor Centre:Telephone: 9841 9377

Albany Visitors Centre

Mt Barker Tourist Bureau: Telephone: (08) 9851 1163

Mount Barker Visitors Centre

Porongurup Promotions Association Information on all there is to see, do and stay in the Porongurups.

Friends of the Porongurup Range including Twin Creeks Nature Reserve

Information compiled and photographs taken by Shelley Sypko of Cloud Nine Spa Chalets.While I do my best to ensure the information on this page is up to date and correct, I accept no responsility for any changes/closures/hours etc that may occur. I offer this information as a guide only, and as a free community service.If you wish to have any information updated on this page, feel free to email me!

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Last update: 24/1/12

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