Stunning Summits Around Western Australia
Western Australia is known for its stunning beaches, pristine coastline, and gorgeous national parks. But what doesn’t always get recognition here is the stunning peak walks around the state that showcase some of the most amazing landscapes. In the south you have the heavily forested walks such as Bluff Knoll and Castle Rock. And in the north there are the arid outback locations Mount Bruce in Karijini and Mount Augustus in the eastern part of the state. Below is a list of some of our most favorite summit walks around the state. So pack your backpack, put on your hiking boots and enjoy the adventure.
Also known as Punurrunha, the second highest peak in Karijini National Park and one of the 4 tallest peaks in WA. There are three options for this summit walk that you can choose based on your motivation and walking abilities. They all follow along the same track and take you to stunning lookouts however some are much less strenuous and much shorter than the complete return hike. Enjoy the first 500 meter walk to have a view over the Marandoo mine. The Honey Hakea trail is a 4.6 km round trip from Mt Bruce car park. And last but not least is the Mt Bruce summit trail, a 9 km round trip from the car park with a spectacular view over the Hamersley Ranges. Be prepared with enough water, sturdy footwear and some scrambling and climbing. As a confident walker you can do a stunning sunrise or sunset walk to the summit. Bring enough torches to handle this nighttime walk and visit the Karijini Information center for more information.
Being the third highest peak in Western Australia doesn’t hold this mountain back from being the most popular amongst visitors. Located in the South West region in the Stirling Range National Park this 6 kilometer hike is not for the faint of heart. However for those who are willing to venture up to the summit will be rewarded by some of the most amazing views in the region. The track is clearly marked but will lead you through some steep, rough, and slippery terrain for a rewarding 3-4 hours return trip. In winter you may even be lucky enough to witness the one place in Western Australia that gets snow. Bluff Knoll is a 5 hours’ drive south of Perth and there are lots of other stunning hikes and walks in the area.
Imagine walking 2.2 kilometers up a steep and difficult track. Near the top of the grade 5 track the trees begin to slowly fade away and are replaced by massive granite rock formations. Then if you find the track through a small rock scramble you will stumble upon one of the most spectacular engineering feats in Australia’s South West. Here in the middle of nowhere at the top of a steep track is a suspended walkway that takes you out along the edge of the huge granite outcrop called Castle Rock. The granite skywalk found here is a massive engineering feat and the stainless steel structures allow you to walk, climb and scramble along different areas of the Granite Rock formation. The trail leading up to the summit is a slow but steady incline but the true challenge comes at the top where rock scrambles, ladder climbs, and various other challenges await in order to get to the Granite Skywalk
Summit Trail (Mount Augustus)
Believe it or not the biggest “rock” in the world is actually located in Western Australia and you can even walk to the top via the Summit Trail. Mount Augustus measures 717 meters tall, making it twice as tall as Uluru. It is known by the local Wadjari Aboriginal people as Burringgurrah and is significant in their history. The area where Mount Augustus is located is incredibly remote so prepare ahead of time and plan accordingly. The nearest city is Carnarvon which is 430 kilometers to the west. The Summit Trail is a 12 kilometer return hike that is quite challenging and takes roughly 6-8 hours to complete. You will be rewarded at the top with stunning views over the vast plains surrounding with distant ranges barely in view. The best time to visit would be at dawn or dusk when the rock comes alive with beautiful colors ranging from deep indigo to bright pink or orange to red.