About this place
Central Lookout is a great place to stop for a picnic or a short hike to admire the views along Stirling Range Drive.
A trail leads to the top of a knoll with views of Talyuberlup Peak, Monderup Peak, and the Porongurup Range 40km to the south. Information at the start of the trail gives insights into the ancient origins of landforms in WA’s south-west.
Although the Stirling Range and Porongurup Range are quite close, they are very different geologically. The rounded domes of the Porongurups are made of granite, born from molten rock (magma) deep in the Earth’s crust. The jagged, tilted peaks of the Stirling Range consist of sandstone and quartzite (altered sandstone) that began as layers of sand, silt and clay in ancient rivers and shallow seas. These sediments were slowly compacted and turned to rock that was then tilted and thrust upwards, then finally sculpted and softened over a very long time.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Central Lookout.
We recognise and acknowledge Goreng and Menang people as the traditional owners of Stirling Range National Park.