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Toolbrunup gnangarra.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 1,052 m (3,451 ft) [1]
Coordinates 34°23′S 118°02′E / 34.383°S 118.033°E / -34.383; 118.033
Location Great Southern of Western Australia
Parent range Stirling Range

Toolbrunup is among the highest peaks in the Stirling Ranges of Australia. The walk to the summit of Toolbrunup is often regarded as the best in the Stirling Ranges. The views from the summit are excellent, the many dramatic rocky outcrops provide spectacular scenery. Toolbrunup is made from sediments deposited during the Ediacaran Period and later metamorphosed to quartzites and shales. These formation rocks were later folded during basement rock movement.

The first European to climb the peak was Ensign Robert Dale[2] who did so in 1832 when he passed through the area. John Septimus Roe did the same three years later and the botanist James Drummond followed in the 1840s and returned several times to collect and identify plants in the area. [3]

The traditional owners of the area are the Minang[4] and Koreng peoples.[5] Toolbrunup shares its name with Lake Toolbrunup and the name is thought to mean "the place that has water when all else is dry"[6]


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  2. ^ "Sunburnt traveller". 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Morning Herald Travel "Cranbrook" Check |url= value (help). The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ausanthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ausanthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Southern Prospects 2004-2009" (PDF). 2004. Retrieved 18 April 2010.