Location: Tree in the Rock Carpark, Porongurup National Park
Distance: 5.5km loop
Trail Marker: Interpretative Trailhead sign, then blue triangle with yellow boot on posts
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Cost: $13 National Park Fees apply
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: No
Date Hiked: 19th July 2018
The start of the Nancy Peak Circuit begins at the Tree-in-the-Rock picnic area at the end of Bolganup Rd. An informative trail-head sign provides visitors with information about the day use area as well as the many walks throughout the park. Picnic tables, bbqs and toilets are provided for those wishing to spend some time exploring this area. The walk begins on the left hand side of the sign, although can technically be done either way. Clockwise will take you past as icon of the park, the Tree-in-the-Rock. which is a natural attraction, highlighting a growing partnership with a giant karri tree and the granite rock from which it has grown from.
We chose a beautiful time of year to walk this trail, with lots of lichens, mosses and fungi present in the forest, a winter paradise. Hollowed out karri trees provide great photo opportunities to stand inside towering giants. The occasional fallen giants lay on side the trail, remnants of the 2007 fires which wiped out a significant section of the park. The thick under storey an example of just how strong nature fights back afterwards. The trail passes by large granite boulders, a common sight throughout the park. Whilst the under storey is so thick that it prevents you taking in the views and seeing exactly how high you are, the rain forest feel helped further immerse ourselves into the experience.
The trail ascends up and traverses across several granite outcrops providing views of the farmland below, Bolganup Dam, the village of Porongurup and even stretched out to the Stirling Ranges. Hayward Peak, Nancy Peak and Morgans View the main three peaks. The descent down to Wansborough Way is steep, walkers will need to take their time to avoid injury. The trail continues on via Wansborough Way 1.65km back to the Tree-in-the-Rock picnic area. It's quite a nice walk through tall karri trees, a reminder of just how small we are in this world.