Ancient Wonders of the Porongurup Range

A special invitation to "Find Yourself in the Porongurups".

The team from Down Under Discoveries invite you to join them on this immersive experience, exploring the ancient wonders of one of the worlds most ancient mountain ranges, the Porongurup Range.

Wander out Yonder with a passionate local, eager to share with you what makes these ancient ranges so special.

From AUD $60.00 per person

Departs: Sundays biweekly

Duration: 6hrs approx.

Location: Ex Porongurup Tea Rooms - Heading around and through the Porongurup Ranges

Group Size: There is a minimum of 2 people required for this tour to run. Maximum 12 people per tour.

Hiking Distance Covered: The distance covered is approximately 10km

Trail Difficulty: The trails are graded 4/5, suitable for those with a good level of fitness, and includes steep ascents/descents and some rock scrambling.

Pick-up / Drop-off Locations and Times:
September-May
Pick-up at Porongurup Village Inn, Shop & Tea Rooms: 6.30am
Drop-off at Porongurup Village Inn, Shop & Tea Rooms: 12.30pm approx (completely dependant on pace of hikers)
Albany Pick-up/Drop-off on special request for an additional small fee

June-August
Pick-up at Porongurup Village Inn, Shop & Tea Rooms: 7.00am
Drop-off at Porongurup Village Inn, Shop & Tea Rooms: 1.00pm approx (completely dependant on pace of hikers)
Albany Pick-up/Drop-off on special request for an additional small fee

Pricing:
Adult: $80.00pp (15 and over)
Child: $60.00pp (4-14 years)
Family: $240.00pp (2A+2C)
Concession not available sorry.

Please note that prices exclude a booking fee which is added at time of checkout. We hope you understand that as a small family run business we simply are not able to absorb all costings and fees. Direct bookings via email do not attract this fee.

Please contact chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com if you wish to take up this option.

A $2 contribution to Greenfleet is made on behalf of each of our guests as part of our Carbon Offset Program, contributing to the restoration of our Australian forests. See here for more details.

Highlights of the Experience

Citizen Science
Ever wanted to give back to the community but don't have the time or don't know how?  Take your interest in nature to the next level by joining the Down Under Discoveries citizen science community. With citizen science you can not only learn about the world just outside your window you can also lend a helping hand to some real science projects across The Great Southern and even across Western Australia! Get involved with our interactive experiences through use of apps such as iNaturalist and FrogID, helping monitor and collect important data that is used to increase scientific knowledge.

Elephant Rock
The curved slopes of Gibraltar Rock, aka Elephant Rock are just one of the many stand out features that welcome visitors to the range, as they make their way along Porongurup Rd, but few are given the opportunity to see this granite peak up close, in all its glory. A short ascent takes hikers slightly off the beaten track as we make our way along the narrow trail winding through the natural bush up to the prominent rock face. This trail covers approximately 2.4km of hiking via some steep terrain, some rock scrambling is included.

Field of Dreams, Picnic Rock, Hidden Caves and Hanging Rock
Immerse yourself in Porongurup History with local historians Peter and Mike Thorn taking a step back in time as they share with you the history of Peter's 'Field of Dreams', the highest cricket field in Western Australia and surely the most scenic being next to the Porongurup National Park.

Experience some of the hidden treasures in this ancient Porongurup Mountain Range that only locals know about. Your nature guide leads the way through the natural bushland, sharing with you two secret locations on the north side named by locals as Picnic Rock and Hanging Rock. If you think Castle Rock is magnificent, wait until you are completely immersed in what makes Porongurup so special. This component covers approximately 3km with some rock scrambling involved.

Bushtucker Inspired Morning Tea
Sit back and enjoy a Bushtucker inspired morning tea including a variety of Bushtucker infused slices, biscuits and bliss balls, washing it down with a cup of Warndu Bushtucker herbal tea.

Castle Rock - The Granite Skywalk
Climb to new heights as we tackle the challenging but rewarding walk to Castle Rock - The Granite Skywalk, traversing yate, marri and karri forests past the famous Balancing Rock. They say the hardest climbs provide the most outstanding views and this climb is no different, providing a new perspective of the range from a suspended walkway that spirals around the huge granite outcrop of Castle Rock to the summit. This component is the most challenging, covering 4.4km, and requires scrambling over rocks and climbing a 6m ladder to the summit. The Lower Karri Lookout is an option for those unable or not wishing to climb the final scramble & ladder section, also providing amazing views of the landscape below as well as up to The Granite Skywalk.

Please contact Chelle on 0439463285 or via email chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com for all bookings and enquiries.

Important Information

Covid-19 - Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we maintain appropriate measures, carrying out risk assessments on a regular basis to keep our staff and clients safe at all times.  All hikers are advised to maintain a distance of 1.5m, utilise the hand sanitiser provided and, if unwell, we advise you to please stay at home.

Operating since 2011, Down Under Discoveries is a well established Eco Certified Tour Company, certified to comply with Quality Assurance with Ecotourism Australia and Tourism Western Australia. Our commitment is to provide you with memorable nature based experiences, eco tours, kayaking, & hiking adventures throughout Western Australia, led by experienced, well trained Eco Certified guides and tour leaders. Come Experience Extraordinary Down Under.

Outdoor Adventuring does pose certain hazards even if participants do not recklessly place themselves in harm's way. Risks such as falling, slipping on loose gravel, sprains and insect/snakes bites are possible when exploring outdoors. Our guides are qualified and experienced, conducting our adventures with those risks and others in mind, and whilst the risk will always remain, we do exercise a high level of caution throughout the experience with safety of our clients being our highest priority. Each sessions begins with a brief safety induction in relation to the activity being undertaken. Our guides are also fully qualified in Wilderness First Aid should the need arise.

Participants should note that any adventure travel involves a higher than normal risk and a signed release may be required from all participants before departure. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding our liability disclosure.

We do highly recommend travel insurance for any outdoor adventure experiences.

Fitness Level:

Most of our hiking experiences are suitable for those with a good level of fitness. We do encourage you to be fit enough to make the most of the experiences we have on offer. This particular experience includes hiking trails that are graded 4/5, which include some steep sections and uneven ground however with guided support are doable by most people of good fitness level. We do pause throughout to allow those who need to catch their breath. The quality of your experience is our priority.

Note, for the safety of all passengers, we reserve the right to prevent passengers from participating in some activities. Those with injuries should contact us directly before making a booking.

Toilet Facilities:

Toilets are available throughout the experience.

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"I experienced the Kitty's Gorge hike with Chelle and a lovely group. The scenery is stunning and the recent rains turned on a lovely show of water falls."

- Linda - 

 

"I have done two moonlight forest immersion hikes now and each one has been a wonderful experience and grounding. A wonderful way to restore your energy amongst nature and be truly mindful".

- Luke R - 

 

Hi Chelle, I just wanted to write a quick msg to let you know how awesome it has been going on your group hikes. I have always wanted to do something in the outdoors which involved both weight loss and mental healing. I have slowly found something that has helped me establish who i am as a person as it has given me the clarity i been looking for, to find myself as a person. And I love myself for it! Thank you for creating such a great team environment for all fitness level, people that love to be one with nature, and for people that just need that time to find what they need 🙂 You rock!

-Larissa-

I joined the New Moon walk tonight at the Zigzag and had a great time. A short enough walk to do not being fit but long enough to get a workout. Amazing scenery and the end of hot tea and singing bowls was lovely. Highly recommend as a doable experience that is affordable and not hard for a usually sedentary person to achieve. Chelle and Dave were great hosts that have great experience to offer.

- Ruth - 

I highly recommend the 1 day tour to Perth Waterfalls with Chelle at DownUnderDiscover. As a foreign it was a pleasure to met a local with such sound knowledge of WA nature and the outdoors experiences. I enjoyed and learned a lot on this tour and the waterfalls were spectaculars.The tour is very well thought, and runs smoothly through the day with a great attention. We have time to ask questions, enjoy the walks without rushing and spend a wonderful day. For sure I will come back for another hike/outdoors experience.

- Olga - 

We had a wonderful morning on the recent Zig Zag Flora, Fauna & History Tour. There was an abundance of wildflowers to discover, learn about and photograph. Learning the history of the Zig Zag and early settlers was very interesting and gave us a new appreciation of the area. Our guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and provided a great morning tea. Thank you for an excellent event.

- Adele - 

We had a beautiful evening walk with Chelle. The moon didn't quite make it through the clouds, but the energy was exquisite, and the guide, and company, lovely. Thoroughly recommend this experience, and I can't wait to try others, such as the New Moon walk.

- Jaki - 

Great walking tour in the hills. Loved the very knowledgeable Ken who walked us through the amazing flowers of the region. Highly recommended. Oooh and such a yummy lemon myrtle cake too.

- Trevor - 

The forest walk was amazing. I really enjoyed the meditation and connection exercises and the walk itself is very manageable. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes nature and walking!!

- Debbie - 

Mothers day Hike was for my daughter and I our first venture on to the Bibbulmun Track. From the start Chelle and her family crew made us feel very welcome. The Hike was relaxed and at a speed suitable for all ages .Chelle very informative about the trail and the surrounding plants and trees. Midway homemade scones and tea was a welcome break in the midst of beautiful tranquil surroundings. The mothers day flowers and chocolates at the end was also lovely surprise. We will definately be booking more hikes with Down Under Discoveries.

- Meg -

Fantastic hike, no pressure to rush. I absolutely loved the meditative forest immersion moment. Yummo handmade bushtucker morning tea was a real treat. The morning started off quite crisp and cool but brightened to a warm, clear day. Chelle, our guide is really knowledgeable but warm, approachable and has great people skills.When I can afford another hike, hopefully a night one, will definitely be choosing this lovely family run business.

- Sandie - 

Thanks Chelle at Down Under Discoveries, I had a really great time, learnt lots and didn't feel rushed or unsafe at any point! even with the snake trails � 
I couldn't do something like that on my own so it's great you've created something that gets people outside �
Lovely group of people and I look forward to my next adventure! ��

- Tamara -

I have joined Chelle on some amazing hikes around the Perth area. She is a fantastic guide with a depth of knowledge and a passion for the environment and for bringing it to people who might never get to enjoy the countryside. Albany Region, you are lucky to have her!!!

- Andrea, Perth -

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • Guided half day hiking experience visiting ancient wonders throughout the Porongurup Range
  • Pickup/Drop off from Porongurup Tea Rooms
  • Travel between locations in a comfortable coach style bus
  • Entry fee to Porongurup National Park
  • Complimentary use of Hiking Poles (to be returned at end of tour)
  • Bushtucker Inspired Morning Tea
  • $2 donation made to Greenfleet as part of our Carbon Offset Program
  • Photos posted on our Facebook Page

What to Bring

  • Water bottle, Camel Back (we provide water refills throughout day)
  • Insect Repellent, Tissues/Toilet Paper, Head fly net if you have one
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, good walking shoes for hiking/rock scrambling (must have grip soles)
  • Camera
  • Travel insurance*
  • Most importantly a great sense of adventure
  • As part of our commitment to conducting our nature based tourism experiences in an environmentally sustainable manner we do ask that you consider using an Eco friendly reusable water bottle (not plastic) and that any extra snack items you bring be in reusable containers. We do offer to take all rubbish at the end of the day to make sure it is recycled correctly.
* Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations, lost property, medical evacuation, personal liability, lost deposits, etc.

Terms and Conditions

Please go to the following link to read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking. This includes information about our Cancellation Policy.

Down Under Discoveries Terms and Conditions