Starting from the car park at the end of Toolbrunup Road, Stirling Range National Park, this walk leads to the summit of Mount Toolbrunup and back via the Toolbrunup Peak Walk Trail. Toolbrunup Peak may not be the tallest peak in the Sterling Range (by only 50 metres), but it's quite the sight and demands mental & physical effort from you. Rising from the landscape at 1052m above sea level, Mount Toolbrunup presents a tough challenge for those that decide to hike up to the summit. This 4km return hike begins by taking you through quaint woodlands, mostly following the bank of a creek and becoming progressively steeper. Beyond the woodlands, the hike rises steeply over large boulders, loose rocks and steep scree to a saddle near the top of the southwest buttress. Look out for the yellow-capped markers placed among the rocks to ensure you are following the correct route. The terrain in the last part is relatively more complex, introducing some vertical rock climbs. When you reach the upper slopes, keep a lookout for mountain bells and other flowers that bloom in the spring. At the summit, you will be rewarded with extraordinary 360-degree views across the landscape, where you'll be able to see all the other major peaks in the area, along with the Porongurups to the south. This is one of the most challenging day walks in the Stirling Range as it requires constant climbing. When you reach the summit, you'll be more than 500 metres above the starting point. Although it's quite short, this hike is best suited for fit and experienced walkers, as there are some very steep sections and uneven surfaces, including scree fields and loose rocks. Keep in mind that the weather can change super quick in the Sterling Range. Take extra care when dealing with the strong winds near and at the summit, as you'll be exposed to them. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes, weatherproof clothing and sun protection are recommended. At the car park, you will find a small picnic area and information boards about the hike. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Warning This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills. Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Oatlands Road, 252 then drive for 29.6 km
Turn left onto Chester Pass Road, 105 and drive for another 36.8 km
Turn left onto Toolbrunup Road and drive for another 4 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the dirt car park off Toolbrunup Road(at the end of the road), head southeast and follow the walking track into the woodland. Stay on the said track as it meanders up to the summit from the left side of the mountain to continue along Mount Toolbrunup Track.....
Directions & comments
(Toolbrunup Peak) Continue another 1.9 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.9 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
2 h 30 min to 4 h
Quality of track
Rough unclear track (5/6)
Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
No facilities provided (5/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)