Castle Rock – Granite Skywalk Sunset Hike

Castle Rock – Granite Skywalk Sunset Hike

Join Down Under Discoveries as they explore one of the most unique attractions in the Porongurup National Park.

Have your pic taken next to ‘Balancing Rock’, a 6 meter high massive granite monolith balancing on a tiny base! Challenge your climbing ability as you scramble over rocks to a 7m ladder which takes you above to the suspended walkway spiraling around the huge granite outcrop of Castle Rock where you reach the summit taking in the awe inspiring views of the sun setting on another day.

Lose yourself in breathtaking 360 degree views of the surrounding national park, out across undulating farmland through to Albany on the south coast, with Mt Gardner and Mt Manypeaks in the distance to the south-east. The beautiful features of this ancient mountain range is simply stunning.

Welcome to The Granite Skywalk.

Will you be the King or Queen of the Castle?

From AUD $15.00 per person

Departs: Saturdays that fall on a long weekend.

Next departure date: Saturday 20th April @4pm sharp

Other departure dates: Saturday 1st June @ 3.30pm / 28th September @ 4.30pm

Duration: 3hrs approx.

Location: Porongurup National Park

Group Size: There is a minimum of 2 people required for this experience to run. Maximum 20 people per experience.

Meet location:
Our meeting point is at The Granite Skywalk Trail Carpark, Castle Rock Rd, Porongurup

Please arrive at the start 5-10mins prior to commencement.

Please note: As we are trying to catch the sun setting we need to get away on time therefore are unable to wait for latecomers.

Pricing:
Adult: $30pp (15 and over), Child: $15pp (4-14 years), Family $80 (2A + 2C)

+ additional $5 extra pp if you select dinner option

Bushtucker Dinner Option

Bush Tomato Soup with dinner roll $5 extra

The hike up to Castle Rock is steep and we have no doubt you will certainly work up an appetite. As the duration of this hike happens over most peoples meal time we have included the opportunity to rest up by Balancing Rock where we will take 15mins or so to enjoy an evening meal washed down with a cup of Bushtucker Tea.

Our recommended option is a bowl of our scrumptious Bush Tomato Soup which you can mop up with a wattleseed damper inspired dinner roll.

Bush Tomato is native to the desert regions of South Australia and Northern Territory and has been a staple food of the indigenous desert dwellers of Central Australia for many thousands of years.

Wattleseeds are the edible seeds from any of 120 species of Australian Acacia that were traditionally used as food by Aboriginal Australians.

Alternatively you are certainly most welcome to bring your own food. Please note the soup is not vegetarian as it contains bacon. 

We love introducing our clients to the foods of the bush in the hope that we encourage you to explore the world of Bushtucker and learn from those whose bond with the earth is second to none.

Most of you know that we have a great bond and deep respect for the traditional owners of this land, and this is just one way we know how to honor Aboriginal culture.

Our spices and herbs are only sourced through Aboriginal business's around Australia and we encourage you to get on board and support these amazing suppliers.

Outback Chef, Outback Pride, Warndu

 

The Trail

The Castle Rock Trail is a 4.4km return trail through jarrah, marri and karri forest. The trail has been rated a grade 5 hike however please don't be deterred as that is mainly based on the rock scrambling and 7m ladder climb that is required at the top near the Granite Skywalk.

Despite being a steep hike, anyone with a decent level of fitness is able to complete this climb. Children are most welcome however I would suggest an age of at least 6 years but of course you know your child better than we do. Our return trip back down to the carpark is done in most parts in the dark so your child would need to be comfortable walking by torchlight as well. If your unsure please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have.

Part of nature immersion is the ability to immerse ourselves in the experience and as such we move at a relatively moderate pace. Our job is to get you all up and down safely. There are two lookouts at the top, if you get to that point and feel you cannot do the rock scramble or the ladder climb up to the Granite Skywalk you will still get to witness amazing views from the lookout below.

 

Highlights of the Experience

Balancing Rock

Have your photo taken next to the unusual natural attraction of 'Balancing Rock', a six metre high massive granite monolith which reportedly weighs around 186 tonnes yet rests on a base just 1.21 square metres, a must see on any exploration within Porongurup National Park.

The Granite Skywalk

Marvel at the remarkable engineering structure of The Granite Skywalk, a suspended walkway that spirals around the huge granite outcrop to the summit of Castle Rock where you are rewarded with some of the most remarkable views in the South Coast via a safe platform 570m above sea level.

Castle Rock

Is your goal to be the King or Queen of the Castle? Castle Rock is the name of the huge ancient granite outcrop perched on top of the Eastern end of Porongurup National Park and on which the Granite Skywalk is suspended from.

Night hiking

When the sun takes its daily dive below the horizon and delivers nighttime to your doorstep there is no rule that says you have to stay in for the evening. If you’re looking to extend your daily window of time for exploring the outdoors then let us introduce you to hiking at night. As we depart the Granite Skywalk we only have about 30mins left of light which means that a large component of the return is done in the dark. Please make sure you bring your torches or headlamps and immerse yourself in the experience of hiking an ancient mountain at night.

Hiking at night forces you to focus on your other senses, especially your hearing, which can put you more in tune with the environment around you, especially wildlife which are often seen in abundant as we make our way back down to the carpark. An amazing sensory experience.

Sunset

Watching the sunset over the horizon from the Granite Skywalk is a bucket list experience however because of the 2.2km return hike back down to the carpark, many miss this opportunity, opting instead to get back to the bottom whilst there is light. Our guides are experienced at leading hikes at night-time in a safe manner and therefore look forward to being able to provide you with this opportunity.

Please note: Whilst we wish we had control of the weather, seeing a perfect sunset on every hike is a little bit unrealistic and therefore presents the risk that you may not be blessed with one on your experience. As that is something that is not within our control, refunds/compensation will not be offered if this is the case. The actual hike alone is well worth your time and energy regardless.

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

"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

  • Fully led 3hr guided hiking experience including a rear guide for safety
  • Bushtucker Dinner (if option is selected)
  • Bushtucker Tea
  • Entry fee to Porongurup National Park (we still have to pay for you regardless if you have your own park pass or not)
  • Photos posted on our Facebook Page

What to Bring

  • Water bottle or Camel Back with at least 2 litres of water per person
  • Hiking pack or backpack to carry your items
  • Comfortable walking shoes suitable for hiking and rock scrambling
  • Suitable clothing - It gets cold and windy on top so dress accordingly.
  • Torch or headlamp for the descent
  • Camera
  • Travel insurance*
  • Most importantly a great sense of adventure
* 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.

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