Location: Stirling Range Drive, Stirling Range National Park
Distance: 2.6km return
Trail Marker: Occasional wooden posts with white tops but trail is easy to navigate
Duration: 2- 3 hours
Cost: National Park Entry Fees Apply
Toilet Facilities: No
Dog Friendly: No
Date Hiked: 3rd May 2019
Talyuberlup Peak is the most dramatic rock peak in the Stirling Ranges with a jagged, pinnacled castle-like summit that sits 783m above sea level providing a unique experience in the range. The carpark for the start of the trail is about half way along Stirling Range Drive, well marked, and on the south side. A nice little area with picnic tables set amongst Talyuberlup mallee trees for those who want to sit back and immerse in the area before or after the hike. The walk begins on the north side of the road with a gradual ascent along a single track through a forest of Talyuberlup mallee and Veronica's wattle before the real climbing begins with steep, uneven terrain.
The views looking back over the range were a great excuse to stop and pause, taking it all in while catching my breath. The trail opens up shortly after to wide open rocky sections which had a few rock overhangs that I imagine could be a good place to shelter from any bad weather. Approximately half way up (according to my gps), you'll find a spur track off to the left that appears to go to a large rock. I decided to explore, the track was overgrown and I had to squeeze past some thick branches but it was worth it as I came to a large granite rock with some amazing views of the heath land below as well as up to the Peak above.
The final section climbing up to the summit was the most challenging as scrambling was required. It was then that I saw the first signs of the cave. I had read about it and back at the start on the trail-head sign it does mention it, in fact it says to not enter it. I had a quick sticky beak and then continued on around the cave where the jagged spears of Talyuberup Peak came into view. The trail descends down into a valley before another fairly major climb up to the peak where the views were breathtaking. The summit is marked with a large round rock structure, almost like a birds nest. It was very windy up there but It didn't deter me from sitting down to take it all in. It's not everyday you get to sit on top of a mountain in one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. It was then time to return back to the carpark and being a linear trail, you take the same route back.