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In and around Albany - Porongurup National Park

Porongurup National Park is a national park 40 km from Albany.

Granite Skywalk pathway at Castle Rock Image Credit: Aussie Oc via Wikimedia Commons

Granite Skywalk pathway at Castle Rock
Image Credit: Aussie Oc via Wikimedia Commons

It protects the Porongurup Range, an extremely ancient and largely levelled mountain range.  The range is no more than fifteen kmfrom east to west and consists of granite peaks levelled into domes. The highest point in the Porongurup Range is Devils Slide at 670 metres (2,200 ft) whilst there are several other peaks above 600 metres, which is about 400 metres above the surrounding plain.

The Porongurup Range was first sighted by Europeans passing near Albany in 1802 but farming in the surrounding districts did not start until around 1859 when vegetables were first grown on the southern slopes of the range. The giant karri and jarrah trees of the range were first harvested for timber in the 1880s and timber leases did not begin to be withdrawn until 1925 and the National Park was not gazetted officially until 1971 with an area of 1,157 ha. This has now been increased to 2,511 ha.

Though not nearly as rich biologically as the more northerly Stirling Range, there exist ten endemic species of plant in the Porongurup Range, the best known being the mountain villarsia.

The park includes a number of significant tourist features and walk trails.

Source: Wikipedia