Escape to Albany // Adventure Central of the West (WA)

God's fingers over the Stirling Ranges
Photo by Luke Nicholson | @nicholson_imaging
Albany is a microadventurer’s paradise- you’ll never run out of things to do! Why not try the cheeky climb to Bluff Knoll and then check out the spooky Albany Wind Farm while you’re at it!

Highlights

  • Canola fields
  • Bluff knoll
  • Albany wind farm
  • Beautiful beaches
  • ”The Gap” rock formation

The Lowdown

Located 4.5 hours away from Perth, Albany has so much to offer for the weekend adventurer. From canola fields in late winter/early spring to copious uninhabited beaches there is enough sites to see to keep you coming back time and time again.

But most exciting for us adventurers is the climb of Bluff knoll.

Bluff Knoll is located in the Stirling Range National Park approximately 80 km east of Albany. A national park entry fee of $12 is all you need to climb.
The hike to the summit is 3.6k’s long taking you to an elevation of 1099m.
I started the hike late in the day (3:30pm) with the intention of summiting then making a quick descent. Clouds from the imminent storm provided a spectacular light show as we reached the half way point of the climb.

Essential Gear

  • Hiking boots or good trainers
  • Some form of outer water/wind resistant jacket
  • Backpack to carry water and food (energy required as its a pretty decent climb!)
  • Camera Gear

Activities

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Surfing (its got it all)

How to get there

Google maps to Bluff Knoll

Skill level

Intermediate

Distance covered/elevation:

3.6km/1.1km

 

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