The Stirling Range

 

After leaving the Indian-Pacific train at Perth we hired a car and headed south to the Stirling Range. Our accommodation for the next three nights was to be The Lilly.

 

 

The Lilly is a traditional Dutch windmill built by the owners / proprietors as the centrepiece of their business.

 

The Lilly has a number of accommodations of differing style and size. This is the perfect accommodation for exploring the Stirling Range.

 

Roads hereabouts have what are known as road-trains – and they are enormous!

 

On our first day we climbed Bluff Knoll, the highest summit in the area.

 

At 3600ft, Bluff Knoll is one of the highest points in Western Australia!

 

The mountains of the Stirling Range are home to a great variety of plants; some found nowhere else in the world!

 

There are also a large and varied population of insects…

 

And the smell of some of the plants is gorgeous!

Imagine here an almost overpowering smell of honey…

 

Next day we climbed Pyungoorup, the second highest peak in the area, and in Julie’s and my opinion a much better hill to climb than Bluff Knoll…

 

Don’t be put off by the danger sign, if you’re of reasonable fitness the climb is a joy!

 

And again amazing flowers reward your effort.

 

Occasionally the going became ‘entertaining’, but very much worth it…

 

We had beautiful weather on the summit…

 

Time to lounge around…

 

After two full days exploring the Stirling Range it was time to head further south, to Albany.

 

 

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