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About Bolganup Heritage Trail, Porongurup NP
The Tree-in-the-Rock Picnic Area, set among the karri trees, almost has the feel of a cathedral, with the towering karris providing the domed roof.
The Tree-In-The-Rock, after which the site has been named, is just 100 metres along a shaded walk. Extending its roots down through a crevice, this mature karri clings to existence on a granite boulder. Karri and marri are the most dominant trees in this area, while karri hazel, karri wattle and tassel bush form part of the understorey. Australian Bluebell can be recognised by its small bell-like mauve flowers from October to February.
The Porongurup Ranges were devastated by fire in 2007 and in the years since the flora of the region has shown its resilience in its fight to return to its former glory. It is a well-known fact that in the years following a fire, wildflowers and orchids in particular flower profusely. The Eucalyptus trees re-shoot and the moss and grasses start to grow again.
This part of the Porongurup Ranges is a beautiful spot to simply sit back and enjoy nature and watch as this place continues to flourish post-fire. From the Tree-in-the-Rock picnic area there are several walk trails to choose from, short 30 minute walks to more experienced bushwalks which take over five hours.
Be trail ready for Bolganup Heritage Trail, Porongurup NP
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
600 metre loop
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful ItemsMake sure you take plenty of water and food with you.
Tree-in-the-Rock Day Use Area
No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Toilet Facilities for Disabled
Best time of year
All year round, late August to November for wildflower season
National Park fees
Bus or car to Mt Barker via bus or car, then 15 minute drive to Porongurup National Park.
Prohibited ItemsNo pets, camping or firearms in National Park
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Bolganup Trail Signage
Zebra OrchidOne of the many orchid species found in the Porongurup region, Zebra Orchid Caladenia Carnsiana
King Spider OrchidOne of the many orchid species found in the Porongurup region, King Spider Orchid Caladenia Pectinata
Granite outcropsMany boulders of the granite dominated ranges
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