Location: Mt Lindesay Rd, Mt Lindesay National Park
Distance: 10km return
Trail Marker: Informative trail-head with some directional signage and markers
Duration: 3 - 4 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 8th September 2019
Kml Map File: Please click here.
Having this hike on my to do list for quite some time now I was keen to get it ticked off so with some beautiful hiking weather forecast we decided to head off and check it out.
A 10km return walk to the summit (385 metres above sea level) offering colourful wildflowers and spectacular views over the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges, farmland, the coast and the Walpole Wilderness. Unfortunately we took an unplanned detour which added 1 hour to our already 1 hour travel time to get there so the downside of this hike was that my head wasn't really in the right frame of mind when we started so despite it being absolutely beautiful it was challenge mentally and physically for both Soph and myself today. The upside was that it really was an outstanding hike and I now have an itinerary mapped out for future guided hikes, we knocked another mountain off our list, for Sophie it was her 10th and we saw an abundance of Orchids.
Departing the main carpark, the walk trail leads you down to the Denmark River passing by an informative trail head sign providing some great information on Mt Lindesay.
We hadn't even walked 20 meters before coming across our first wildflowers bursting with colour just off to the side of the trail.
The trail continues to descend down to the Denmark River where walkers cross a bridge and continue on passing through jarrah and mallee scrub.
A photographers delight with so much beauty to capture at this time of year. I would add an additional hour to the whole experience just so you can take time to admire them all. It's no wonder the area is recognised as a biodiversity hotspot.
Some of the Orchids and Wildflowers we saw included Purple Flags, Milk Maids, Jug Orchids, Snail Orchids, Hooded Lilly, Pink Myrtle, Acacia Wattle and Purple Enamel Orchids.
We also found some Foxtails and Blue Tinsel Lillies.
The trail opens up before arriving at a granite outcrop where we pause to take in the first of the outstanding views. From there our mindsets improved. Not that it was much of a climb but often those toughest climbs are well rewarded and in this case it was no different.
We realised from here on that there was some serious ascending to do so it was a case of head down bum up passing by the myriad of mosses, lichens and other tiny plants that have adapted to growing in such a harsh environment.
We found the posts marking the trail to be quite clear although a random Bibbulmun Wagyl lodged in to the granite was a little odd. There are plenty of opportunities to pause and take in the views so anyone with a reasonable level of fitness would be capable of doing this hike even though it's marked a grade 4.
Feeling a little knackered we reached what we thought could be the summit, although the higher slopes in the rear had me slightly hesitant. We caught up to a couple who had bypassed us earlier on the trail and asked if in fact this was and according to them it was as they had decided to not go any further.
Despite feeling pretty ragged I did not come all that way to give up if it wasn't the top and saw that the trail continued across the granite and back into the heathlands and whilst I wasn't quite sure where the end was I figured it wasn't too far so we continued on. I think the rear slopes appeared further than they actually were and before we knew it we had made it on top of Mt Lindesay. Having not read much about this hike before starting I actually had no idea what the summit even looked like but the trail appeared to loop around so we made a left turn and began a 360 degree loop around the summit taking in the most breathtaking views.
Well worth every grumble to get up there, cause lets face it hiking with a tween who was not in the mood, when my mindset was already down is not a good mix, thankfully mother nature has this magic way of taking that all away....once confronted with awe inspiring views such as those in the images below.
The summit is one large rounded granite boulder, quite a pretty sight against a backdrop of green heathlands and blue skies.
A trail darts off from here and I wanted to explore further so Sophie waited whilst I went exploring completely in love with the fact that I could see home (The Porongurup Mountain Range) and the Stirling Ranges in the distance. The trail continues down to a medium granite boulder before making a left turn. I did head down this section but it gets quite steep and appears to head straight down into the forest below so turned back for the main summit ready to begin the track back to the carpark.
The coastal views as we made our way back were a welcoming sight. It's not hard to fall in love with trails like these.
The descent down was just as immersive as hidden little gems popped up everywhere.
And as the sun began to set on another day, shining it's last flicker of light through the trees we were reminded of just how important it is to continue to connect with the outdoors. Despite our feet feeling quite tired our minds had rebooted and the grumbles had dissipated.
Now is the best time to be visiting with the wildflowers in full bloom. Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the first nations people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.