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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • 9 day itinerary
  • Hike the most scenic sections between Walpole and Albany
  • Magnificent towering karri forests and giant tingle trees
  • A birds-eye view of the forest from the Tree Tops Walk
  • Stunning remote beaches with idyllic secluded coves
  • Panoramic views from the summit of Monkey Rock and Mt Hallowell
  • Prolific wildflower displays in springtime
  • Remote walking offering a huge variety of experiences

Overview:

The Bibbulmun Track is Western Australia’s longest walking trail at almost 1000km, going all the way from Perth to Albany on the south coast. We’ve selected the most scenic and varied coastal and karri forest sections between Walpole and Albany and packaged them into a delightful seven days of walking.

Hike through magnificent towering karri and tingle forests, both unique eucalypts that are found only in south-west Western Australia. At the Ancient Empire Walk you’ll walk amongst tingle trees that are large enough to park a car in! Fortunately that’s no longer allowed though and Tree Tops Walk has been developed to protect these giants. You can stroll along the raised canopy at tree top level for a birds-eye view of the forests.

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More on what you'll see

Onwards to the ocean and a coastline that’s liberally dotted with breathtaking beaches and idyllic coves. We’ve deliberately avoided lots of sandy beach walking though, focussing instead on cliff top tracks with many elevated vantage points offering stunning panoramas. Conspicuous Cliffs, Peaceful Bay, Lowland Beach and Cosy Corner are real gems.

A little inland, climb to the summit of Monkey Rock for a birds-eye view over Denmark’s Wilson Inlet. What a peaceful place this is to enjoy a break.

On the last day the track meanders through the Albany Wind Farm whose massive turbines produce renewable energy. You’ll be able to get close enough to touch one of the pylons.

There are stunning wildflowers all year round with prolific displays in springtime and the rare ficofolia flowering gum in summer. This track offers remote hiking with a huge variety of scenery.

NOTE: This trip can easily be combined with our Cape to Cape group guided trip for an extended Western Australia walking holiday.

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More Details

Location

This trip starts and finishes in Perth.

Grading

Mostly easy to moderate walking with very few hills. This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please see our Fact Sheet.

Accommodation

Motels in Walpole, Denmark and Albany.

What’s included

Two guides, all transport from Perth, 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners, entry to the Tree Tops Walk, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case and info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

We’ve chosen springtime for this trip as the wildflowers will be in bloom and the weather is usually delightfully stable.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’sinformation about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

This region is noted for its extensive use of fresh, local, organic produce. There are numerous boutique wineries here too so try some of the local prize-winning wines.

The Itinerary

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Day 1

Starts in Perth at 8:30am. Travel to Walpole and walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track from John Rate Lookout back to Walpole.

Accommodation: Walpole

Day 2

Today we will drive out to the Giant Tingle Tree, a massive buttressed eucalyptus tree with a hollowed out base. This is one of the unique plants found in this area. Did you know that 75% of the south west’s 7000 species of flowering plants are found nowhere else on earth except here?

It’s easy walking as the Bibbulmun slowly descends to the banks of the Frankland River. From here continue walking through jarrah and marri forest to the Tree Tops Walk.

Accommodation: Walpole

Day 3

The walk commences at the Tree Tops Walk, a 600m loop walk along a raised boardwalk to see the tingle forest.

The Bibbulmun continues downhill through more beautiful karri forest. Head off through a forest of rare red flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) before the gentle descent to the coast at picturesque Conspicuous Cliffs. The track picks its way along the spectacular cliff tops, passing many superb whale watching lookouts.

Accommodation: Walpole

Day 4

Today’s destination is the laid back beach settlement of Peaceful Bay, home to about 60 lucky locals. There are some great views to the West and East today when you reach the top of Conspicuous Cliffs. From Peaceful Bay we move on to the foodies hub that is Denmark Village.

Accommodation: Denmark

Day 5

After a short ride on the bus to William Bay, continue along the spectacular cliff top track passing huge granite tors. There’s time for a swim at Lake Williams before continuing to Light’s Beach, one of our favourites of all time. The Bibbulmun heads inland for a while now, climbing to a high vantage point at Monkey Rock. From here you have expansive views over Wilson Inlet at Denmark.

Then onwards and upwards to the highest point on this holiday – the summit of Mt Hallowell where there are more karri forests and a jumble of granite tors. Descend down the other side into Denmark.

Accommodation: Denmark

Day 6

From the other side of the inlet at Denmark, the Bibbulmun continues across the Nullaki Peninsula, from where you’ll be able to see the Porongorups and, on a clear day, the Stirling Ranges to the north-east. There’s more fabulously scenic cliff top walking before descending to Lowlands Beach, a favourite with the locals who erect a shade shelter here during the summer months. On a calm day it’s a great place for a swim.

Accommodation: Denmark

Day 7

Today we’ll hike from Lowlands Beach to Cosy Corner. After a short transfer to Cosy Corner you’ll walk back to your accommodation near Cape Howe. This is one of the most scenic coastal sections with the black dolerite cliffs of Cape Howe contrasting with the azure blue seas and pure white sands of these rarely visited beaches.

Accommodation: Albany

Day 8

Today we’ll walk from Mutton Point all the way to Albany and the end of the Bibbulmun Track. Today features more cliff top tracks with the added interest of getting up close to a large wind farm. This is the only place in the world where they are laid-back enough to allow walkers to get close enough to touch a turbine! This wind farm is on one of the most scenic sections of track and will no doubt cause some people to object, but remember that it does provide clean renewable energy for the large town of Albany.

The route continues through a section of the Torndirrup National Park before descending to Frenchman Bay and Princess Royal Harbour in Albany, the foundation site of European settlement in WA.

Accommodation: Albany

Day 9

Travel back to Perth to arrive at around 4.30pm.

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$ 3555 per person twin/double share
$ 635 Single Supplement (private room)

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