Stony Hill, the highest point in Torndirrup National Park, offers spectacular 360-degree views of the City of Albany, Princess Royal Harbour, Eclipse Island and King George Sound.
During World War 2, Stony Hill was the location of a Royal Australian Navy Signal Station featuring a lookout tower and signal mast. In 1943, this was upgraded to an RAAF Air Warning Radar Station which operated until 1945. Remnants of this can still be seen at the top of the hill.
Today, the Stony Hill Heritage Tail is part of the Western Australian Heritage Trails network. Its 500m circuit begins at the car park and winds its way through stone giants and heathland featuring a dazzling assortment of local flora, including the rare albany woolly-bush, swamp yate, various banksias, native rosemary, banjine and thick-leafed fan flower.
Stone giants and heathland feature a dazzling assortment of local flora.
Wildflower season during Spring gives the best display. Interpretive plaques along the trail show the thoughts of the original explorers and settlers.
Stony Hill is located off Frenchman Bay Road and is accessible by most vehicles. The trail is mostly level, but some climbing is required to reach the summit for the best views. Bush walking attire and binoculars are recommended.
Article updated 29/10/2016.