Nancy Peak Sunrise Hike

Nancy Peak Sunrise Hike

Waking up before dawn for a sunrise hike can be rejuvenating. Join Down Under Discoveries as they explore the beauty of this ancient mountain as the sun rises on a new day.

Every once in awhile, it's worth the effort to get up and meet the sun, especially if you can make it to a scenic landscape.

It's a peaceful experience that sets you up for a positive mindset for the rest of the day. Experience the pleasure of basking in the first sunrays to hit mainland Australia from the main peak of the Porongurup National park.

Hiking in the hushed silence of dawn up an ancient mountain trail is in itself and experience. Though animals are shy around people, it's a certainty that they'll be awake and alert, observing us deep within the forest and from behind scattered boulders that surround the trail. While the wildlife watches, your guide will leade you up through the shifting terrain, which includes moss-covered granite rocks and lush forest.

What a glorious greeting the sun gives the mountains - John Muir

From AUD $15.00 per person

Departs: Mondays that fall on a long weekend.

Next departure date: Monday 22nd April @5.15am sharp

Other departure dates: Monday  3rd June @ 5.45am / 30th September @ 4.30am

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 Tree in the Rock Carpark, Bolganup Rd, Porongurup

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

Please note: As we are trying to catch the sun rising 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)

The Trail

The Nancy Peak Trail is a 5.4km grade 4 circuit trail traversing the main peak of the Porongurup Range before crossing several others providing magnificant views of the surrounding national park, out across undulating farmland, with the Stirling Ranges visible to the north and, on a clear day, you can even see the Southern Ocean. The trail has been labelled a Top Trail by Trails WA and definately one of the best in the South West.

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. The first part of the walk is done in the dark so your child would need to be comfortable walking by torchlight. 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 guide you through this ancient mountain range safely.


Highlights of the Experience

Tree in the Rock

The Tree-In-The-Rock, after which the picnic area has been named, is just 100 metres along a shaded walk from the carpark. Initially we will pass this natural attraction in the dark however you will have the opportunity to visit on completion. Extending its roots down through a crevice, this mature karri clings to existence on a granite boulder. It truly is an amazing piece of nature to witness.

Hayward Peak

Hayward Peak is the first peak along the ridge, offering those first glimpses of a landscape that has been altered so greatly. The information board explains how a slow moving collision between two continents gave birth to two very different mountain ranges, the Porongurups and the Stirling Ranges. Today these mountain ranges stand as islands of uncleared land rising above an agricultural sea of farms, vineyards and tree plantations.

Nancy Peak

At approx 620m above sea level, Nancy Peak is the highest peak and namesake of this circuit trail. This vantage point provides the perfect place to sit and enjoy the sun rising with views out to the Stirling Ranges as well as back to Devil's Slide. It is here that we will take some time out to really immerse ourselves in this ancient mountain range whilst sipping on Bushtucker Tea and a Brekky Muffin.

Morgan's View

The third main peak along the ridge is Morgan's View, named after Alfred Edward Morgan who was the premier of Western Australia for one month during 1901. He owned the land below, to the south of the range. At 585m above sea level it's a nice vantage point to take in the surrounding farmland.

Wansborough Way

As we complete our descent from Morgan's View we make our way back to the carpark via The Wansborough Way, a moderate walk through karri forest along a gully between Nancy Peak and Devils Slide. Wansborough Way connects hikers from the Tree in the Rock carpark at the northern end of the park to Waddy's Hut at the southern most boundary .


Watching the sunrise shining its light on the mountain tops is an enriching experience however because of the 2km hike up to the ridge, it is an opportunity often missed as most hikers leave it till daylight. Our guides are experienced at leading hikes throughout the dark in a safe manner and therefore look forward to being able to provide you with this opportunity.

Hiking in the dark 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 traverse this ancient mountain. An amazing sensory experience.

Please note: Whilst we wish we had control of the weather, seeing a perfect sunrise 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 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!


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 -


What’s Included

  • Fully led 3hr guided hiking experience
  • Bushtucker Tea and Brekky Muffin
  • 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
  • Suitable clothing - It gets cold and windy on top so dress accordingly.
  • Torch or headlamp for the ascent
  • 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

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