Top Trail: Castle Rock, Porongurup NP
The 4.7 km (return) Castle Rock Trail in Porongurup NP starts at the Castle Rock picnic area and climbs through jarrah, marri and karri forest, past the fascinating Balancing Rock to the base of Castle Rock and the lower lookout.
A further steep and challenging climb, scrambling over rocks and climbing a 6m ladder brings you to the Granite Skywalk; an amazing steel structure that winds its way around the massive granite dome, providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
About the Trail
The massive ancient granite domes of Porongurup National Park rise 670 metres, giving exhilarating views of the landscape, especially from the Granite Skywalk suspended from Castle Rock.
The first part of the trail steadily climbs through the forest to the base of Castle Rock with numerous stone steps along the way and large flat slabs of granite to sit and take in the views or rest a while before ascending further.
The fascinating Balancing Rock is a massive round granite boulder that balances precariusly on another rounded rock leaving you wondering how long it has sat there and when it may decide to roll away down the hill.
Granite Skywalk is a suspended walkway that spirals around the huge granite outcrop of Castle Rock to the summit.
The Skywalk has two lookouts, a lower and upper one. The lower lookout is easy to access with amazing views. The upper lookout perches over the side of Castle Rock and requires scrambling over rocks and climbing a 6m enclosed ladder, but the spectacular views are so worth the effort to get there.
Look out over the Porongurup NP, across undulating farmland to Albany on the south coast, the Stirling Ranges to the north and Mt Gardner and Mt Manypeaks to the south-east.
To view a video of the walk and lookouts click here.