Location: Mount Frankland National Park
Distance: 200m return
Trail Marker: Unmarked trail, easy to follow
Cost: $0, free entry
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: No
Date Hiked: 7th March 2020
Dominated by an impressive granite peak, Mount Frankland National Park covers approximately 31000 hectares of karri, jarrah and tingle forest as well as expanses of treeless heathland. It is just one of 7 national parks in the 363 000 hectare land that is the 'Walpole Wilderness'. It's also one of 3 major sites that form the 'Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre'.
Dr J Wilson named Mount Frankland after climbing Mount Lindesay during his explorations north and west of Albany in 1829. He named Mount Frankland after the then Surveyor-General of Tasmania. The Aboriginal name for Mount Frankland is Caldyanup.
The Towerman's Hut Trail starts at the Mount Frankland Shelter and winds 200m through to a beautiful barbecue area where you can look in to the old hut built in 1956. From here the towerman left to climb the summit of Mount Frankland several times a day to watch for fires and check the weather.
Despite some of the trails within Mount Frankland National Park being graded quite highly I do feel they are quite family friendly and do suggest packing a picnic and making a bit of a day for it.