One of the best hikes you can do in Perth is from Sullivans Rock to Mount Cuthbert. The route takes you up to over 500m and onto some big granite slabs with some epic views out to the east. Perth and Western Australia as a whole are regarded as one of the flattest places on earth but you can find some hills if you go looking, and the escarpment has just that.
Around 70km south east of the city you can find the Monadnocks Conservation Area. An area with impressive granite outcrops and home to the highest point in the greater Perth area. I totally thought Mount Cuthbert was the highest point until I got home after the climb and found that it was actually Mount Cooke, just 10km further down the road. Mount Cooke is another beautiful hike but I would say that Mount Cuthbert is better. The top of the rock is amazing and the views to the east and west are some of the best you’ll see on the escarpment.
To get to Sullivans Rock is quite simple and you can get there in an hour or so from most places around the city. You just head out to Armadale and take the Albany highway. You’ll come to the Jarrahdale turnoff and its 7km past here you’ll findSullivans Rock. The parking area is actually on the right hand side of the road. My wife and I left our car here overnight and it was safe but you never know so best to take everything important out.
To get to the trail you have to cross over the highway and you’ll see the sign for the Bibulmum Track. Follow this until you get to Sullivans Rock, which is just a short 100m walk. After there will be cairns which will lead you to the main trail through the forest.
You will hike over the summit of Mount Randall before descending into a valley and then back up to Mount Cuthbert. Total distance is 4km one way and should take around 90 minutes to 2 hours to reach the top. GPS track can be found herehttps://www.strava.com/activities/1460267832
The hike is absolutely amazing but hiking in the late afternoon you’ll have the sun blazing down from the west. It got very hot when we were going up so take some extra water along because you’ll sweat a lot, especially if it is a hot day.
I don’t have enough good things to say about this place, it is absolutely incredible. We camped on the summit in zero wind but it is very important to check the wind forecast. In Perth, the morning breeze is almost always from the east and it can be strong. If you carry on past Mount Cuthbert there is the Monadnocks campsite that has a hut and is in a great sheltered area. You won’t even need a tent to camp here just a sleeping bag and mattress.
On the way back you have 2 options. You can go back the same way or you can carry on over Mount Cuthbert, down to the Monadnocks campsite and then take a left turn which will take you along a firebreak back to Sullivans Rock. The way through the firebreak is pretty boring so i’d opt for the way back over the mountains.
The gear we used was
– 2l of water each
– Sleeping Bag
– Tent – Head Torch
– Dry food
– Warm Clothes
If you want to check out what gear I use see the gear guide page here.
If you’ve done this hike or are planning to please leave a comment, I’d love to know how you got on.