Bluff Knoll, the tallest peak in the South West region has been at the top of Callum’s to-do list for some time. Its rugged terrain, harsh, sudden weather changes and Cliff like appearance makes the 1,099m summit seem like it’s so much higher than it is.
- Stunning views
- Top of the world feeling
- Stunning wildflowers (in season)
With our snacks and cameras at the ready, and an early 4:00 am start we embarked on the journey to the top of Bluff Knoll. As the ranges appeared over the horizon and the pre-dawn glow right behind them, the initial goal of hiking to the top to enjoy the sunrise was quickly sidetracked as watching the sky light up over the ranges from a distance was pure magic.
We arrived at the foot of the mountain and set into the 3km hike to the top. Within the first half an hour we had horribly underestimated how thirsty we would be. Our saviour came in the form of a small fresh water stream running next to the trail. Filling up our bottles and adding to our high spirits with the cleanest, freshest water certainly added to the experience.
As we hiked up the mountain, it was pretty sweaty work, that is, until you turn onto the south side of the mountain for the last kilometre of the hike. Over 3 steps, the conditions turned from brisk, but still and calm to roaring south ocean winds.
Reaching the top, you can’t help but feel a sense of achievement. You are greeted by 360-degree views, ocean glimpses and a top of the world feeling as you look down upon the rest of the ranges and plains around you.
Bluff Knoll is certainly one of the most picturesque, and rewarding hikes in Western Australia, from top to bottom.
- Hiking boots
- A LOT MORE WATER THAN YOU THINK
- Weatherproof jacket
How To Get There
Bluff Knoll is a 4 hour and 45-minute drive South East of Perth, along the Albany Highway.
Or a 1 hour and 45-minute drive North East of Albany, Along Chester Pass Rd.
- Wildflower viewing
Beginner — Intermediate: The Bluff Knoll Hike trail is stepped the whole way up. However, it does get quite steep, with some rough areas.
Expert: Rock climbing is another way to get to the top.
Distance Covered / Elevation Gain
6km return hike
1,099m above sea level