Top 5 Stirling Ranges accommodation for hikers

Here are my top picks for Stirling Ranges accommodation and camping options when hiking in the Stirling Ranges National Park. Many visitors to the Stirling Ranges National Park travel from either Perth or Albany and stay in the area for a couple of nights. The most popular trail in the national park is Bluff Knoll, a 3-4 hour return hike with a summit of 1098m above sea level. For more serious hikers, the Stirling Ranges Ridge walk is a thru-hike along a largely unmarked trail.

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The Amelup district where the Stirling Ranges National Park is located, is quite isolated. The below recommendations have been selected as they’re close to the National Park, allowing hikers to spend longer on the trail. For those who don’t need to be quite so close to the action, Albany is a popular tourist destination located approximately one hours drive away and has a greater range of options.

1. The Stirling Ranges Retreat

Popular among hikers seeking Stirling Ranges Accommodation, the Stirling Ranges Retreat is very close to the National Park entrance and is my top pick. Located on Chester Pass Road it’s a 10 minute drive or an 8.5km walk to Bluff Knoll.

Various accommodation options are available from powered and unpowered campsites to rammed earth chalets, and motel-style rooms. The Stirling Range Retreat also offers tours and a drop off / pick up shuttle bus service for those doing the Stirling Range Ridge walk. For a small fee, day visitors can use the facilities (ie showers / bathrooms) after a day on the trail. For those travelling with their family, children will enjoy the on-site swimming pool.

Staff at the Stirling Ranges Retreat have a wealth of information for hikers exploring the Stirling Ranges National Park and are well worth a visit.

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2. The Lily

Located on Chester Pass road, just north of the Stirling Ranges National Park, The Lily is a more unique choice among the Stirling Ranges accommodation options. It boasts 10 self contained rooms including a 1944 Dakota remodelled airplane which sleeps 2.

The Lily also has a 5 storey working Dutch windmill, the largest in WA. It’s fully operational and produces wholemeal stoneground spelt four, available for purchase. Breakfast baskets on offer at The Lily include home-made bread, using their own flour. Perfect hiking fuel for a day on the trail.

There’s a private airstrip, complete with hanger for those wanting to arrive by private plane, and a restaurant on site. If you’re looking to treat yourself, The Lily is a Stirling Ranges accommodation option with a difference.

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3. Mt Trio Bush Camp and Caravan park

Located on a working farm next to the border of the Stirling Range National Park, the Mt Trio Bush Camp and Caravan Park is another Stirling Ranges accommodation top pick. A rustic option, not short on charm, the Mt Trio Bush Camp and Caravan Park sports a camp kitchen, bathroom block, laundry facilities and the cheekily named ‘Bluff Knoll Ski Club HQ’ for warming up on those chilly nights. Enjoy everything the Stirling Ranges National Park has to offer with the luxury of powered camp sites and bathroom amenities.

It’s a 10 minute drive to the carpark at Bluff Knoll, and a great base to explore the abundance of wildflowers in area in Spring.

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4. Moingup Spring

Moingup Springs run by the Parks and Wildlife service is a campground located within the Stirling Ranges National Park. It’s a small campsite that can accommodate about 20 tents and has modest facilities (gas bbq, toilets and rainwater tank). As with most National Park campgrounds bins are not provided and campers must take all rubbish with them when they leave. This is the most rustic Stirling Ranges accommodation option and will suit hikers wanting to get close to nature.

It’s recommended that campers bring enough food and water to last the duration of their stay as water sources are unreliable in the National Park.

UPDATE: Moingup Spring campsite is currently closed due to bushfire damage. Please contact the Parks and Wildlife Service to enquire about future bookings.

5. Yardup Shearers Cottage

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Yardup Cottage and Shearers Quarters offers self-catered short stay accommodation, 10km / 15 minute drive from Bluff Knoll.

Larger parties may prefer the Stones Throw Farmhouse, a 4 bedroom home, just a 25 minute drive from Bluff Knoll.

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If you’re looking for Stirling Ranges accommodation, there’s something for everyone. From campsites, cottages and even a kitted out airplane! Where is your favourite Stirling Ranges accommodation?

If you’re hiking the Stirling Ranges Ridge walk, please be aware that there are no managed camp sites on the ridge, nor are there any toilets, bins or reliable water sources. Bring everything you will need to camp for your two nights on the ridge walk and take all rubbish with you out of the National Park. For more info on recommended places to camp on the Stirling Ranges Ridge Walk, read on: Hiking the Stirling Ranges Ridge Walk.

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