Porongurup National Park, Mount Barker

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Porongurup National Park is a national park in the Great Southern region of Western Australia (Australia), 360 km southeast of Perth and 40 km from Albany.It protects the Porongurup Range, an extremely ancient and largely levelled mountain range formed in the Precambrian over 1200 million years ago. The present range is no more than fifteen km (10 miles) from 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 (1,970 ft), which is about 400 metres above the surrounding plain. Indeed, for much of the Cretaceous and Paleogene the Porongurup Range was an island surrounded by the sea, with the Stirling Range forming the southern coastline.It is believed that the Porongurup Range is a remnant of the Precambrian collision that joined Australia and Antarctica until they separated in the Paleocene. There remain major granite intrusions in what is left of what must once have been a large mountain range.HistoryAlthough Aboriginal tribes had lived in the plains around the Porongurup Range for tens of thousands of years before European settlement, it is believed that they never or very rarely moved above the plains, largely because of the often inhospitable weather and the absence of useful resources in the forests of the region or on the often bare peaks.
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  • My wife was not in the mood for the long uphill trek to the skywalk. We'd come from Kondinin and still needed to find our next stay in Albany. So one could see her point! Instead we stayed more at 'gr...  more »
  • Just loved walking up to Castle Rock. Rain didn't matter as the scenery was beautiful. Thoroughly recommend the Walitj Meil trail which gives loads of interesting information. Saw kangaroos with joeys...  more »
  • Plenty to see and do. Most of the walk trails are long and hard as there's a lot of uphill trekking. But a new trail of only one Km has just been opened up and that's a relatively easy one.  more »

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