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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for all bookings and enquiries.
- 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
- 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.