At 1098 meters, Bluff Knoll is the highest peak of South-Western Australia and third highest in Western Australia. Sound fascinating right? ‘Highest peak’. Well, its not that difficult as it sounds but it is certainly the most spectacular peaks in Western Australia.
- Length: 6km (return)
- Time: 3-4 Hours
- Level: Easy to Moderate
- Best period: August to November (Most wild flower bloom in these months)
- Entry fees: AUD 12 per person. At the entry station on start of the road to Bluff Knol
- Best time to hike: Early morning
- Waterproof and windproof light jacket
- Good sports shoes or hiking shoes
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person
- UV sunscreen (Waterproof SPF 50+)
- Basic first aid
- Camera (along with waterproof bag)
- Few poly packs
The hike starts from the Bluff Knoll car park and picnic area. The parking area lookout is so beautiful that you won’t be able to resist the temptation to climb.
It was cloudy and even raining lightly at times when we started. The route at the beginning is well demarcated with concrete. Soon it is nothing but a muddy track but well demarcated with signboards and milestones. At times, the hike is a bit steep, at places, there are uneven stairs made of rocks boulder or wood planks.
As we ascended, the could cover got more prominent concealing us from the amazing panoramic view of the region. Nonetheless, the feeling of being in the clouds is equally elating. The weather was getting worse as we moved ahead and then at the halfway, we saw a warning signboard suggesting to return if the weather deteriorates further. Well, we were not in a mood to return, so we waited for few fellow hikers for a company. In five we got a lot and hike was on.
The trail features include abundant wildflowers, the maximum I have seen in such short hike and the reason is its height and proximity to the south coast creating a favourable climate. There are over 1000 species of wildflowers and flowering plants thrive within the park including Mountain Bells and the Queen of Sheba Orchid. Check this link for more information
Moving on in another half an hour, we were at the top and it was misty and cloudy which was a bit of disappointment but then it was just as amazing too. After few moments and many pictures later, we were on our way down drenched in water. The conditions didn’t change while descending.
By the time we got down from Bluff Knoll, we were already a bit cold and a lot wet. So at this time of despair, ‘Caption Morgan’ came to our rescue :). A couple of drinks and half an hour of cosying around in the blanket and we were good to hit the roads again hoping to return on a clear day.
Dos & Don’ts
- Before starting the hike, take a note of weather. Its wise to carry a light waterproof jacket along no matter how clear the sky is.
- Carry a few poly packs as well in order to safeguard your electronic items. My Oneplus 3 got ruined there 😦
- Don’t litter and store your’s in a handy polybag
- Be careful of kangaroos crossing the road en route to the Park