Stony Hill

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Stony Hill

Stony Hill, the highest point in Torndirrup National Park, offers spect­acular 360-degree views of the City of Albany, Princess Royal Harbour, Eclipse Island and King George Sound.

Dur­ing World War 2, Stony Hill was the loc­ation of a Royal Australian Navy Signal Sta­tion featur­ing a look­out tower and signal mast. In 1943, this was upgraded to an RAAF Air Warn­ing Radar Sta­tion which opera­ted un­til 1945. Re­mnants of this can still be seen at the top of the hill.

Today, the Stony Hill Heritage Tail is part of the West­ern Australian Heritage Trails network. Its 500m circuit begins at the car park and winds its way through stone giants and heathland featur­ing a dazzl­ing assort­ment of local flora, in­clud­ing the rare albany woolly-bush, swamp yate, vari­ous banksias, nat­ive rosem­ary, banj­ine and thick-leafed fan flower.

Stone giants and heathland feat­ure a dazzl­ing assort­ment of local flora.

Wildflower season dur­ing Spr­ing gives the best dis­play. In­terpret­ive plaques along the trail show the thoughts of the orig­inal ex­plorers and settlers.

Stony Hill is loca­ted off French­man Bay Road and is access­ible by most vehicles. The trail is most­ly level, but some climb­ing is re­quired to re­ach the summit for the best views. Bush walk­ing attire and binoculars are re­com­mended.

Article updated 29/10/2016.