Location: Porongurup National Park
Distance: 1km loop
Trail Marker: Wedge-tailed eagle trail markers
Cost: $13 National Park Fees
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: No
Date Hiked: 7th Nov 2019
The Walitj Meil Walk Trail is a beautiful 1km loop trail in an ancient mountain range that departs from the Castle Rock picnic area, and winds along the edge of the karri/marri/yate forest to a scenic view across to the Stirling Range National Park. For anyone heading in to do Castle Rock, I almost always recommend adding this treasure of a trail to your adventures as it offers a real insight into the park through interpretative signage along the way. Apparently, due to copyright I am not allowed to share that information with you via this blog but what I can say is that the trail provides a wonderful opportunity for learning about the local plants, including bush tucker, as well as about local animals, colonial history and Noongar culture.
The trail can be done in either direction, for the blog I did it anti clockwise but I actually like walking it clockwise, exploring the forest section first and coming out to the open viewing platform up top that provides the most beautiful views of the neighbouring Stirling Ranges. The trail has many points of interest including a Mighty Marri tree, Grand Karri Trees, Park benches that provide opportunities to sit and reflect, awe inspiring views, picnic areas for tea breaks, granite boulders and the interpretative signage as mentioned.
The Porongurups, or Borrongup which is the Noongar name for this ancient granite mountain range that is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, formed deep beneath the earth’s crust when the Western Australian Craton collided with the Mawson Craton (Antarctica) around 1200 million years ago. This produced vast amounts of magma that intruded the surrounding rocks. It cooled and over time, the granite domes have emerged as the surrounding metamorphic rocks weathered down to their present height. About 55 million years ago, the sea level was much higher than at present, and the domes of the Porongurup would have formed islands as the sea lapped between it and the slopes of the Stirling Range to the north.