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A blooming marvellous walking trip with wildflowers and more

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Western Australia’s wildflower season on a five-day walking trip through the Stirling Ranges and Porongurup National Park. These are two of the best places in the state to see wildflowers and you’ll have plenty to look at with 1,500 different plant species and more than 100 different orchids. With a combination of mountain hikes and flat walks, this occasionally challenging adventure is as rewarding as it is visually stunning. Add an afternoon spent with a Western Australian wildflowers expert who knows where to find the most beautiful and the most interesting orchids in the Stirling Ranges, and you’re in for a blooming marvellous adventure.


Start
Perth, Australia
Finish
Perth, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Comfort
Code
PJXS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Escape the everyday, get active, and take the time to reconnect with nature in one of Australia’s – and the world’s – most famous destinations for wildflower spotting.

  • There’s no need for a map or GPS on this walking trip – with an expert local leader that knows the area inside-out, all you have to do is enjoy the journey.

  • With all meals included, you’ll enjoy fresh picnic lunches in incredible locations and delicious dinners prepared by your guide while you kick back in front of the fire with a glass of wine.

  • With a combination of mountain hikes and flat walks, this occasionally challenging adventure is as rewarding as it is visually stunning.

  • Spend the afternoon with a Western Australian wildflowers expert who knows where to find the most beautiful and the most interesting orchids in the Stirling Ranges.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

  • On some days there will be the option to walk a half day, and you will always have the option to sit out on walking for the day. Your guides will attempt to find alternative activities where possible.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins with an early take off from Perth (Boorloo in the language of the local Whadjuk Nyoongar people, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Perth is now located), for the drive to the Stirling Ranges, with stops along the way for a delicious homemade morning tea and lunch. Your expert local guide knows all the best spots to enjoy a picnic snack. Kick off your walking adventure with a hike up Mt Hassell in the heart of the Stirling Ranges. In the words of Goldilocks, this mid-size mountain is “not too big, not too small, but just right” for your first walk of the trip which should take two to three hours return. From here, drive to Kendenup Lodge, your comfortable base for the next four nights where you’ll have time to unpack before enjoying a glass of (BYO) wine and dinner with your group.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
This trip starts on Day 1 at 7.45am from the Perth Tourist Coach Stand at 490 Wellington Street, near the corner of William Street. Please be on time as we will depart Perth right away. Today’s driving time is approximately 5 hours and the walking distance is approximately 3km.
Offering exceptional views, colourful wildflowers and interesting crags, the walk up Mount Trio (Warrungup) begins with a steep climb that will give your legs a workout before you reach a broad saddle between two peaks. This is a moderately challenging walk but the good news is all the hard work is pretty much done after this. From here, it’s an easy stroll to the north peak where you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of Mt Toolbrunup and the mountains to the south-west. After lunch, join a local wildflower expert for a drive and an entertaining introduction to the flora of the Stirling Ranges, including the region’s famous wildflowers which should be at their most stunning at this time of year.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 3km.
Enjoy the scenery on the drive to Porongurup National Park, home to the world’s most ancient mountain range and the Minang group of the Nyungar people. Today there are not one but two walks to look forward to – Castle Rock and Nancy’s Peak Circuit. The first walk should take the group a few hours, with time to enjoy the view from the summit or – if you’re feeling adventurous – take a stroll along the suspended walkway around the granite outcrop at Castle Rock’s summit. The Nancy’s Peak Circuit is a slightly longer walk with a higher peak that takes around three hours and offers fabulous views of the Stirling Ranges, the traditional lands of the Goreng and Menang peoples. Known as Koi Kyenunu-ruff in the local language, the ranges were named ‘mist rolling around the mountains’. On a not-so-clear day, the massive granite outcrops and beautiful white karri trees are a highlight in their own right and make for wonderful, moody photographs.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours and the total walking distance is 8km.
Today it’s time for the most challenging walk of the trip, a trip to the top of the South West’s highest peak, Bluff Knoll (Bular Mial), which towers more than 1,000 metres above sea level. This walk can be challenging at times but there will be plenty of time to rest along the way and the view provides ample distraction from the occasional twinge in your legs. Colourful Mountain Bells and other wildflowers decorate the landscape in season, and the mountain’s slopes are covered with banksias and grass trees, as well as stands of tall eucalypts. On a clear day, there are 360 degree views from the summit and you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy them before the trip down the mountain.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 6km.
It’s an easy walk today to stretch your legs and finish the trip with a walk around the Western Stirling Ranges’ flatter sections, searching for orchids and wildflowers and reminiscing about the past five days. After a relaxing stroll, settle back and relax on the drive back to Perth, with a stop for lunch along the way. On your arrival in Perth at around 5.30pm, your trip will come to an end.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 4.5 hours with a relaxing stroll through the wildflowers to stretch your legs before the drive back to Perth.

No accommodation is provided in Perth this evening. Please talk to your booking agent if you would like to arrange additional accommodation (dependent on availability).

Meals

4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, walking

Accommodation

Lodge (4 nights)

Dates & availability

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

START & END TIMES
The trip begins in with a pick up in Perth at 7:45am, and finishes upon arrival back into Perth on the last day at approximately 5:30pm.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

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