The Porongurup National Park near Albany on Western Australia’s south coast overflows with local flora and fauna, and offers excellent bushwalking with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding plain.
The park is one of the best places in the south for wildflowers – head here in spring and early summer for colourful displays of bluebells, wattles, hoveas, Banksia, dryandras, hakeas, grevilleas and orchids. There are more than 750 species of plants in the park and perhaps the most spectacular are the forests of karri trees.
The ancient granite domes that rise 670 metres into the air are popular with rock climbers, while bird watches flock here to see brilliantly coloured scarlet and yellow robins, as well as rufous treecreepers. You might also spot western grey kangaroos and brush wallabies.
There are plenty of scenic picnic spots and the park provides barbeque and toilet facilities. You can drive to Porongurup National Park in 40 minutes from Albany, or about four hours from Perth.