Thorn’s Mountain Retreats and the Porongurups are full of adventures, however beyond here are the Stirlings, the coast, Albany, Denmark and the wine growing areas of Mt Barker. All these marvellous destinations are within 1 hours drive of our place! So book enough days to really base yourself here and explore it all. Even 2 weeks here is not enough to see it all!
Yet it is right here at our place where there are plenty of activities and adventures here for you to discover:
- the bird life here is astounding with over 40 varieties regularily seen including fairy wrens, robins, finches, honey eaters, western rosellas, red tailed and white tailed cockatoos, wedgetailed eagles but to name a few.
- we have developed our own maps to guide you on many walks and hikes right from our property. You can access 8 peaks and walk over 12 trails with our locals only knowledge.
- a stroll around our property along a number of trails offers many delights and points of interest such as the pioneers original house site, the hilltop vineyard, Leslies gravestone, the couch under the pine tree, the yabbie and swimming dam, the famous cricket field (you can use our gear and have some fun) the pavillion (with flushing toilet) the wildflower areas, the beautiful jarrah and marri forest, hovea lane, and more…
- the views at many points along the way are breathtaking, either looking out to the Stirlings or back to the Porongurup peaks.
- the night sky is a wonder on many nights as it is super dark around here so the milky way is spectacular!
- all over the property you will get close to observe the many kangaroos that call our place home. We estimate some 200 hang out here and they know they are safe so they won’t bound away to quickly.
- spring brings the wildflowers of course and as a bonus you get to pick them because we have a commercial pickers licence. If you want to assist us in harvesting tea tree when in bloom we will be happy to have your help.
- of course relaxing,communing with nature, meditating and slowing down are all givens here. It just takes you to choose the experience. The seclusion and peace on the property is nourishment for the soul, so do take the time to soak it all up.
The southern side of the property backs on to the Porongurup National Park where you will find some outstanding hiking tracks which Mike has marked out. The first site is called ‘Picnic Rocks’ and the second ‘Burchell Peak’. Within Picnic Rocks is a secret cave and a challenging little climb as an alternative route. The kids will love it! Burchell Peak is our favourite peak in the Range because of its 360 degree views, the rock pools, the lush mosses and the fabulous echo point where a cooee comes back to you after going all around the valey and next ridge. Delightful!
We mustn’t forget the awe inspiring Hanging Rock. A secret rock hidden until you are almost right there.It soars above you reaching out to the sky. A further little known secret only Mike can tell you about awaits the curious obsever. Remember to quiz me on that!
These walks require an average level of fitness and can take from 20-60 minutes to complete, depending on which site you chose. Once on top of Picnic Rocks you will find yourself sitting in the tree tops with a view stretching out all the way to the Stirling Ranges.
Within the Porongurup National Park you can enjoy world class bush walks with something for everyone, ranging from short strolls through to extended overnight hikes for the more experienced. As I have said I have created my own maps to assist you on these little known walks hikes and climbs.
The nearby Stirling Ranges afford a different kind of experience, with high rugged peaks offering endless opportunities for the avid mountain climber. Rock climbing locations in the Porongurups, Stirling Ranges and on the rugged south coast are some of the best in Western Australia.
Within 30 minutes drive is the bustling regional town of Albany with its numerous galleries, cafes and shops. The town centre overlooks the scenic Princess Royal Harbour, and the trendy Middleton Beach and Emu Point area is well worth a visit.
Scroll through this gallery and you will see for yourself. This is just a small sample too!