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
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: No
Date Hiked: 8th September 2019
This 10km return walk to the summit (385 metres above sea level) offers colourful wildflowers and spectacular views over the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges, farmland, the coast and the Walpole Wilderness. It is an outstanding hike that leads you down to the Denmark River where walkers cross a bridge and continue on passing through jarrah and mallee scrub before beginning the long ascent to the summit of 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. 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. Continuing on 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. The top of Mt Lindesay is actually quite flat and the trail does a 360 degree loop taking in the most breathtaking views.
The summit is one large rounded granite boulder, quite a pretty sight against a backdrop of green heathlands and blue skies. There are many smaller trails from here to explore but as were a little fatigued after already a long drive to get here so made our way back absorbing in the coastal views which 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.