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Porongurup – ancient place, but young wine region

Sometimes billed as the world’s oldest mountain range and once soaring higher than Everest now does, Porongurup has eroded to very modest heights.

The above image (copyright Doug Spencer) was taken from the top of Castle Rock, looking north.

On the horizon is the Stirling Range, which is much younger and utterly different in its geology, climate and flora.

An “island” of tall forest and granite, Porongurup is remote, yet easily reached.

It is a little jewel within the “new” world’s largest designated wine region – Western Australia’s Great Southern.

Castle Rock – the rock –  and Castle Rock – the winery – are two prime Porongurup destinations.

Porongurup is one of many reasons to visit WA’s Deep South.  Two words have regrettably blinkered mainstream Australia’s notion of “down south” in WA: Margaret River.

Chances are – especially if you incline to places and people unspoilt, natural –  you will have an even more rewarding experience further south…and east.

The Great Southern is a must for lovers of the naturally wild, of refined rieslings, epic seascapes and prodigious flora.

Its de facto capital city is a 30 minute drive from Porongurup.

Albany is a city in Australian terms; if in China, Albany would be a village.

Albany’s King George Sound is one of the world’s great natural harbours – bigger than Sydney’s.

As the world in general knows, a short drive away from Margaret River’s main street there are “jaw dropping” beaches.

Even more “jaw dropping” are the less-trodden, altogether different ocean shores around Albany.

Yes, Perth to Albany is a longer drive than Perth to Margaret River…but only 75-90 minutes longer, via an also-excellent road.

To be continued…

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Granite and karri forest, viewed from Castle Rock. copyright Doug Spencer

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