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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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There are also a large and varied population of insects…

 

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And the smell of some of the plants is gorgeous!

Imagine here an almost overpowering smell of honey…

 

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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…

 

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

 

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And again amazing flowers reward your effort.

 

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

 

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We had beautiful weather on the summit…

 

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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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