Remembering it as an easy trail, except for the last part, we climbed Castle Rock in the Porongurups on the 24th. Either our memories or our bodies must have played a trick on us as it was a long slog up to the first lookout! The vertical climb from there up to the skywalk was well worth the struggle as the views in the sunshine were stunning.
Sunshine Rocks – #Inktober 2018 Day 24
On the 23rd we walked the Nancy Peak Circuit Trail in the Porongurups. The walk crosses the main peak of the ranges and gives panoramic views of the granite rocks, lush forests and the distant Stirling Ranges.
It was a cool day with grey skies so I had to imagine the sunshine in the sketch for the day.
Imagine The Sunshine – #Inktober 2018 Day 23 AM
I haven’t given up on Inktober, I’ve just been having way too much fun with hubby and friends in the South West of Western Australia! We’ve been exploring, walking and partying in the Porongurups, Stirling Ranges, Peaceful Bay, Walpole and more. I’ve made time to sketch but not post, so look forward to me posting Inktober in November!
Trekking in the Porongurups and the Stirling Ranges in the south west of Western Australia kept me away from posting here for a week or so but I’m back and keen to tell you about the Castle Rock Skywalk. Not only was it a physical and mental feat for DO and I to do the 500 metre plus climb and walk the skywalk but an engineering triumph to get it in place.
There are hand holds near the top to help but you still need long legs or good flexibility – or a helping hand. (Click on the images to enlarge.)
Hand holds at Castle Rock
Castle Rock Skywalk
The Stirling Ranges From The Castle Rock Skywalk
You get onto the skywalk via a 7 metre ladder. A good head for heights or a strong stomach and sheer determination will get you to the top. The views and the sense of achievement made all our nausea worthwhile!
We couldn’t help but wonder how it was built – and to be in awe of those who built it. There is a short video here on its construction which won a Master Builders Association Award in 2012. There are more photos here on the award winning company’s web site.
You may be wondering why I’m writing about an engineering feat rather than about art. If so, this quote from Leonardo Da Vinci may explain:
‘The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.’
So is the Castle Rock Skywalk.
Karri Lookout Below The Skywalk
The Karri Lookout provides a viewing platform for those not doing the vertical climb to the Skywalk..