This Duke of Edinburgh trek climbs and follows the Darling Scarp with stunning views and the best of West Australia’s wildflower displays. To add some challenge, we include climbs up some of the highest granite mountains, Mt Cooke and Mt Cuthbert. Each day we walk between 11 km to 17 km which meets the requirements of Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
Small group, max 5 with two guides.
Day one: Brookton Highway to Canning campsite (11km) It is a small climb up from Brookton Highway and we have lunch on the top of Abyssinia Rock. It is well worth walking up the slope to view the massive jumbled boulders and a latticework of cracks and crevices plus the interesting patterning of lichen.
Day two: Canning to Monadnocks (15.6km) The trail descends through lovely paperbark trees to climb and then descend through a rare virgin (unlogged) jarrah forest to the Canning River. From there the trail climbs up and over to finally climb up to Monadnocks campsite with lovely views out over the valley.
Day three: Monadnocks to Mt Cooke (12.6km) Today is short, but one of the more challenging and spectacular sections of the Track. Early in the morning you ascend Mt Cuthbert for views to the east, north and north-west. The granite dome is home to lively Ornate Crevice Dragon lizards and features pools and rock gardens. We traverse between peaks and climb again to top of Mt Vincent (here you can experience walking after a recent prescribed burn). A spur trail crosses Sullivan Rock, a popular lunch stop. It is an easy meander from here to Mt Cooke campsite.
Day four: Mt Cooke to Nerang (12.6km) Within 30 mins of leaving the campsite early in the morning, you are on top of Mt Cooke, hopefully covered with mist, which slowly lifts to give you firstly views to the east and then in many directions as you leisurely meander across. Just before commencing the descent southward, we explore to hopefully to find the “cave” which is beneath a huge rock. The trail is gentle for the rest of the day to arrive at the pretty campsite of Nerang.
Day five: Nerang to Gringer Creek campsite and North Bannister, Albany Highway (16.6km) Although a longish day, the track is on gentle old forestry tracks, relatively flat which allows plenty of time of reflect on the past few days of hiking and arrive at our finish to purchase drinks and ice creams whilst we wait for our vehicle or public bus pickup.
$500.00 per person
Your teen’s journey experience includes:
Pre-trek briefing in person or via zoom (1-2 weeks prior)
Zoom meeting (3 days prior for last-minute questions)
5 x days of guided hiking
Ultralight trekking gear – backpack, tent or sleeping cocoon & tarp, sleeping mat, sleeping quilt and sheet, pillow, thermal jacket, cooking set (stove, pot, bowl, cup, spoon), trekking poles
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