Location: Stirling Range National Park
Distance: 800m return
Trail Marker: Unmarked trail, easy to follow
Cost: National Park Entry Fees Apply
Toilet Facilities: No
Dog Friendly: No
Date Hiked: 31st May 2020
The Central Lookout Walk Trail is a short 800m return walk to the top of a knoll, offering impressive views of surrounding peaks and the Porongurup Range and providing insights into the ancient origins of land-forms in WA’s south-west. This was the first of our walks in the Stirling Range for the WA Day long weekend. As mentioned, it was peak hour on most trails, but I have a feeling not many know or bother with this little gem of a trail as we had it all to ourselves.
What I loved about this trail was that it really showed off the masculinity of the Stirling Ranges with it's jagged, tilted peaks consisting of sandstone and quartzite (altered sandstone) that began as layers of sand, silt and clay in ancient rivers and shallow seas. These sediments were slowly compacted and turned to rock that was tilted and thrust upwards, then sculpted and softened over a very long time. A notable difference to the neighbouring rounded domes of the Porongurups consisting of granite, born from molten rock (magma) deep in the Earth’s crust.
We found the views to be absolutely awe inspiring, well worth the effort to include such a short walk into your Stirling Range Adventure. A beautiful place to contemplate the forces that have crafted the landscape. Today natural processes continue to sculpt and soften surface features but at a pace that is barely noticeable.