After a long, cold winter what better way is there to celebrate the first sunny weekend than exploring the onset of the wildflower season in the Darling Range. At 582m Mount Cooke is the highest of the peaks along the scarp and having been burnt the previous year it promised to put on a spectacular wildflower show.
Need tree time but don’t want to travel far? Avon Valley National Park is situated a mere stones throw from Perth city! Visit in spring to be welcomed by a carpet of white and yellow daisies smiling out from underneath a mixture of jarrah, marri, powderbark and wandoo forest.
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.