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Covering 2,511 hectares, the name of the Porongurup Range is derived from the Aboriginal name ‘Purringorep’, recorded by Captain Wakefield, who led the first expedition to the range. His Aboriginal guides Mokare and Nakina told him of this name.

The Porongurup Range rises abruptly from the surrounding farmland, like a forest island, formed more than 1,100 million years ago and exposed to the slow weathering of the softer rocks surrounding the range. At about 12 kilometres long and 670 metres at its highest point.

There are a number of items of interest from the huge granite domes, to the sight of a huge tree growing out of a rock, the balancing rock, castle rock and many other unusual rock formations.

The karri trees (Eucalyptus diversicolor) that cover the upper slopes grow exclusively on deep red soil known as karri loam. In addition the karri need at least 700 millimetres of rain a year. Once thought to have grown throughout the south-west region, as identified in fossil pollen, changes in climate with less rainfall, saw the karri forest slowly retreat west to its stronghold between Manjimup and Walpole. Today, where the soil is right, and the rainfall remaining high enough, small outliers survived, such as the karri forest found on the Porongurup Range.

As well as the karri forest, many understorey flowers and shrubs typical of karri forest, also survive here. With about 750 plant species in the region, most of which are found growing within the jarrah, marri and other woodland areas which dominate the laterite soils of the lower slopes. There are also 55 of the 71 species of orchids in the range can also be found here, as well as 50 species in the Proteaceae family of plants such as the banksias, dryandras, hakeas and grevilleas.

With most native mammals being nocturnal, you may also see the western grey kangaroos, brush wallabies, as well as a number of bird species including the rufous treecreeper and the scarlet and yellow robins.

Source: NatureBase - National Parks, Department of Conservation and Land Management

For further information visit the CALM website or contact the following:

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Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM), Albany Regional Office

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