- Approximately 6 hours
- Some unsealed roads
- Some bitumen roads
- Cafe / Shop on journey
- Start: Pwakkenbak / Mt Barker Lookout
Between the Ranges
Beginning from the high point of Pwakkenbak (Mt Barker’s Tower Hill) this journey takes you to some of the lesser known spots in the Kalgan River valley between Koi-Kyeneruff (Stirling Range) and Borongur (Porongorup Range) – two of south-western Australia’s iconic areas.
This is one of Western Australia’s most biodiverse regions, which also has a long history of agriculture on the richer soils of Borongur and next to the Kalgan River.
Large scale development of farms after the Second World War saw widespread clearing, loss and fragmentation of habitats, excess silt and nutrient in the rivers and the emergence of salinity as a problem.
Since then the community led response has been, and still is, a remarkably successful landcare effort. Between the Ranges, most remaining habitats along the river and creeks and on farms are now fenced to prevent livestock grazing, and in some areas habitat is being carefully restored. Another major benefit of this landcare work is the extraordinary improvement in the downstream health of Oyster Harbour, which is the end point of the Kalgan and King Rivers.
This route will share some of the stories of the landcare leaders driving these changes.
Another unique initiative you’ll visit on this route is the Twin Creeks Conservation Reserve, which is owned and managed by a local community group and is open to interested members of the public.
This reserve plays a vitally important role in the Ranges Link conservation program, a community-based effort to re-connect the bush of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges, as part of the broader Gondwana Link effort.
Pwakkenbak / Mt Barker Lookout
At 404m above sea level, this lookout provides a commanding view over the entire region, including both the Stirling and Porongurup mountain ranges.
This drive from Pwakkenbak and Mt Barker takes you out into some very scenic farm land, with the Stirling Ranges as your ever-present backdrop.
Woogenellup Rd - North
This scenic drive option takes you off the bitumen onto a good quality gravel road that takes you up close to the southern side of the Stirling Ranges.
Woogenellup Rd flora road
This stretch of Woogenellup Road is a designated flora road.
Woogenellup Rd flora road and landcare plantings
A designated flora road, with some interesting landcare plantings also visible
Chester Pass Rd viewpoint
This is just a small gravel roadside stop with views of Koi-Kyenuruff (Stirling Ranges) and across farmland.
Porongurup Rd takes you to the base of the spectacular and ancient Porongurup Range, which is mostly protected in a National Park, also with beautiful views of the Stirling Range.
Castle Rock and Walitj Meil trail
The Castle Rock Granite Skywalk and ground level Walitj Meil walk trail are in the Porongurup National Park.