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Bolganup Heritage Trail, Porongurup NP

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 0.6 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

A short and easy 600 metre loop trail beneath the towering Karri trees to Bolganup Creek and return back to Tree-in-the-Rock picnic area. A great option for all the family.

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Tree-in-the-Rock Day Use Area

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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.

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Time / Duration

30 minutes


600 metre loop

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Tree-in-the-Rock Day Use Area

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 2

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

Trail Access

Bus or car to Mt Barker via bus or car, then 15 minute drive to Porongurup National Park.

Prohibited Items

No pets, camping or firearms in National Park
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1 trail goers have rated Bolganup Heritage Trail, Porongurup NP as 2 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 2 Jun 2022, 8:32pm

Short trail, a little underwhelming

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