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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for all bookings and enquiries.
- 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
- 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
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