Driving across the baking, endlessly flat volcanic plains, a tinge of orange simmers on the horizon. This sea of orange sand slowly grows in height while passing the odd stunted and lonely acacia tree; they are all that remains from what was once desert woodland. On the fringes where the plains meet the dunes, auberge after auberge begin to appear in a surprising show of civilization surviving in these harsh conditions. And beyond this is the shoreline for a mighty ocean of sand that continues as far as the eye can see; welcome to the Sahara.
Boonerring Hill is another great spot along the northern part of the Bibbulmun track. Set in the Darling Range, the track affords grand views to the west of Jarrahdale State Forest and to the east over farmland. The cracked rocks at the base of the hill are like a giant’s jigsaw puzzle set among granite gardens that only nature could create. The wildflowers with grass trees and eucalypts also perfectly frame vistas of the outcrop.
Abyssinia Rock is a cosy granite outcrop skirted by jarrah forest near the beginning of the Bibbulmun track. Part of the greater Darling Range, this section of the Jarrahdale State Forest is characterised by pockets of exposed rock that create a diversity of micro habitats to explore. From reflective rock pools to lichen of every colour, the outcrop is a great place to ponder a sunset from or appreciate a non-moonrise!
Via a myriad of twists and turns, up, over and around boulders, scrambling across steep rocky scree, the thread of a track to Toolbrunup Peak winds upward to some of the most breathtaking panoramas of the South West.
Rising to 670m, the sheer face of Castle Rock is a must-see destination in the south west of WA. Offering impressive views over the surrounding canola fields and across to the backbone of the Stirling Ranges on the northern horizon, the park is visited by thrill seeking abseilers and hikers alike.