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Home > Travelogues > 2010-2017 Travelogues Index > Mount Barker > Castle Rock, Porongurup National Park

Castle Rock Heading to dizzy heights

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In January 2012 the Granite Skywalk was opened.  This incorporated a ladder with safety bars around it and a walkway viewing platform hugging the edge over a huge drop near the pinnacle of this huge rock.   Don't look down through the mesh floor of the platform if you suffer from vertigo or a fear of heights.  Watch videos of the construction of this platform if you dare from the links on Granite Skywalk
With extensive views to enjoy, it was time to relax after the climb.  See also banner photo on the previous page
 
A number of members of our group were near to or over seventy years of age, and those who made the trek all got right to the top.
 
We started early in the day while the weather was mild, and took water to sip on the way up. 
 
You can see the shape and height of Castle Rock with platform from the photo on this page from Department of Park and Wildlife.
Time to head down the ladder again. 
 
I understand that previously there was a wooden ladder, and some fencing around the top of the rock.  The present ladder and platform makes the climb safe and relatively easy. 
A short walk took us to the Karri Lookout, with views to the Stirling Ranges on the northern horizon, and back to the platform where we had been.   This is another good view and feeling of elevation for those who are unable to climb ladders. 
The return downhill was easy, and the shady trees cooling. 
With limited time, we only called into the Karri tree shaded parking area (above left) for viewing Tree-in-Rock and starting the climb to Nancy's Peak and Devil's Slide.  
 
From near here a short unsealed scenic drive follows the edge of the range. With views across farmlands to the Stirling Ranges to the north, the south side revealed more of the range (above right) where the central pinnacle in the distance  is Angwin Peak.    
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