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What can you expect from this walk?

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Self guided inn-to-inn

Highlights:

  • 9 day itinerary (includes 7 days of walking)
  • Vivid colours and rugged natural beauty of Australia’s South West Edge
  • Towering karri forests, giant tingle trees and prolific wildflower displays in springtime
  • Hike some of the whitest unspoilt beaches on the planet inter-dispersed with idyllic secluded coves
  • Remote walking in pristine wilderness
  • Prolific wildflower displays in springtime

Overview:

Named after earliest indigenous inhabitants of Australia’s south west, the Bibbulmun Track is Western Australia’s longest walking trail at 1000 kilometres. This is truly pristine wilderness combining majestic coastal scenery and unique fauna and flora in an environment that has been protected by vast distances and minimal human impact over millennia.

This self-guided walk covers almost 150 km of the Bibbulmun Track from Walpole to Albany and is an example of incredible biodiversity seen nowhere else in the world. Towering forests of Karri, Tingle, Jarrah and Marri trees unique to the area, mist-shrouded valleys, giant granite boulders, peaceful coastal heath land and idyllic coves are just some of the astonishing natural landscapes that you’ll encounter on the Bibbulmun Track, considered a must do experience by many seasoned walkers around the world.

Stunning wildflowers all year round provide a vivid contrast to the azure ocean views and white sand beaches, and the range of subtle and rugged textures of bush, trees and forests make this an unforgettable experience for the senses, a real favourite for those who like to take the ‘road less travelled.’

While the walking terrain is mostly easy to moderate, this is a reasonably long and challenging walk averaging 21 km per day, with options to shorten the walk on some days. We’ve designed the walk to avoid a lot of sandy beach walking in favour of cliff top tracks with many elevated vantage points like Monkey Rock offering stunning panoramic views. Conspicuous Cliffs, Peaceful Bay, Lowland Beach and Cosy Corner are some of the evocatively named highlights that await you.

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More on what you'll experience

The optional Tree Tops Walk near the Frankland River affords an opportunity for a birds-eye view of the forest via a raised canopy boardwalk at tree top level. And you’ll walk amongst tingle trees at the Ancient Empire Walk that are large enough to park a car in!

The colour and harmony prevail across the landscape, the whitest of beaches, pristine water, spectacular wildflowers, the different textures of bush, trees and forests, and ocean make for an unforgettable, unique incomparable one off experience.

Like all of our self-guided walks, we organise all your accommodation, most meals, transfers, current and detailed maps and comprehensive walk notes to allow you more time focused on the walk and less about organizing it.

The friendly locals we work with for accommodation, meals and transfers are aware of your itinerary and eager to help make your departure and arrival each day as smooth as possible.

The accommodation each night is in B&Bs, motels and some remote cottages in inspired locations that provide a welcoming and comfortable base to rest, relax and recount the day’s highlights.

For those with time and a truly adventurous spirit, this walk can be combined with our popular Cape to Cape self-guided walk. If your preference is to hike with a group, we also offer a group guided departure on this walk.

Why not build in a rest day or two along the way?

This is a reasonably long and tough walk thus we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day, or a couple of rest days along the way. Denmark is a nice place for an extra night, and a good place to enjoy a winery tour. Spending an extra night or two in Albany at the end of the trip is also a relaxing way to round off your holiday. This all can be arranged for you at the time of booking.

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More Details

Location

This trip starts in Walpole which is about 4-5 hours south of Perth. It finishes further west along the coast at Albany, also 4-5 hours from Perth. There are daily coach services from Perth or you can fly to Albany and take an early morning coach or private taxi to Walpole.
Contact us for full details.

Grading

40% easy, 50% moderate, 10% more challenging. 15-25km (5-7 hours) walking each day with options to shorten the walking. Mostly well formed, well graded foot track with very few steep sections. Some long days, but there is very little beach walking.

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

Accommodation

A motel in Walpole, B&Bs in Denmark and Albany and remote country cottages at Peaceful Bay and Cape Howe.

What’s included

8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, luggage transfers, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast), optional entry fee to the Treetops Walk.

The best time to go

September to November is great for walking this track and there are lots of wildflowers about. Summer can be quite hot then it cools down by March. This trip is not available in the winter months of July and August due to prolonged wet spells.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information 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 Walpole anytime after 2pm. This is about 420km south of Perth, and there are daily coach services.

Accommodation: Walpole.

If you arrive early enough, here are some suggestions:

WOW Wilderness Eco Cruises – Interpretive cruises into the Walpole Nornalup Marine Park and Walpole Wilderness Area. Departs daily from the Walpole Jetty area 10am to 12.30pm. Afternoon charters also available. To book Ph: 08 9840 1111 or 9840 1420 (after hours) or ecocruises@wowwilderness.com.au See their website www.wowwilderness.com.au

Take a walk – Use your Walpole Bibbulmun Track map and walk west along the Bibbulmun to John Rate Lookout and return.

Visit the Thurlby Herb Farm and Garden Cafe at 3 Gardiner Rd. Ph: 08 9840 1249. It’s open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm.

Hire a car – Walpole Hire Cars are based at the YHA, Ph: 08 9840 1040. You might like to drive to nearby Mt Frankland and do a short walk there or explore the coast to the west of Walpole.

Hire a canoe – (about 10km out of town). Nornalup Canoe hire 08 9840 1107. Paddle the Frankland River. Canadian canoes and single kayaks. No rapids.

Day 2

Today you’ll walk out of your accommodation in Walpole and head along the edge of Coalmine Beach at Nornalup Inlet. Groves of peppermint trees give way to the first of the magnificent karri forests as you climb to Hill Top Lookout. From here there are expansive views back over the inlet at the mouth of the Frankland River.

The next highlight is the Giant Tingle Tree, as 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. Transfer back to Walpole for the night.

Walking summary: 16.4km, approx 5-6 hours, mostly easy walking with one short, well-graded hill and some rough track for the last 2km. The distance can be shortened to 12.6km.

Accommodation: Walpole

Day 3

Back at the Frankland River, continue walking through jarrah and marri forest to the Tree Tops Walk, a 600m loop walk along a raised boardwalk, reaching a height of 40m above the ground. This is optional and there is an entry fee of about $12.50. Don’t go if you suffer from vertigo but otherwise it is highly recommended. You’ll be in the tops of giant tingle trees. The Bibbulmun continues downhill through more beautiful karri forest to your accommodation.

Walking summary: 15.2km, approx 5-6 hours, mostly moderate walking on undulating terrain. The distance can be shortened to 10.3km.

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Conspicuous Cliffs

Day 4

Head off from your accommodation 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. Today’s destination is the laid back beach settlement of Peaceful Bay, home to about 60 lucky locals and a whole lot of tourists during the holiday season. Transfer back to your accommodation.

Walking summary: 24.9km, approx 6-7 hours, mostly moderate walking on undulating terrain. The distance can be shortened to 15.9km.

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Conspicuous Cliffs

Day 5

After a short transfer 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.

Walking summary: 15-20km (depending on which B&B you are staying in), approx 5-6.5 hours, mostly moderate walking with some more challenging sections. The distance can be shortened by about 6.5km.

Accommodation: B&B in Denmark

Day 6

After a short transfer to 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 before the final short walk to your accommodation for the next two nights.

Walking summary: 15.7km, approx 4-5 hours, mostly easy walking with some sections of sandy track through the dunes.

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Cape Howe

Day 7

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. Sections of walking across granite slabs adds a different feel to the track.

Walking summary: 25.2km, approx 6-7 hours, mostly easy walking. Distance can be shortened to 18.3km.

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Cape Howe

Day 8

Another short transfer to Mutton Point then walk to your accommodation in 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.

Walking summary: 26-28km (depending on which B&B you are staying at), approx 7-8.5 hours, mostly easy walking. There are several options for shortening the walking distance.

Accommodation: B&B in Albany

Day 9

This holiday finishes in Albany after breakfast. Your accommodation hosts will be happy to drive you to the coach stop for public transport connections.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Bernarda Davidson – August 2016, Bibbulmun Track (Customised Privately Guided Itinerary)

I would like to say that our 10 day tour doing the Bibbulmun Track exceeded all my expectations.
Our walk was designed specifically for a group of bushwalking seniors, covering the most scenic areas between Walpole and Albany.
Everything was organised to the last detail, which meant we only had to get up in the morning, have a delicious breakfast, hop into the bus to be taken to the beginning of the days walk.
A wholesome lunch was provided and at the end of our walk we were once again picked up by the bus driver and taken back to our comfortable accommodation, where we could have a shower, enjoy happy hour with our friends and then have a delicious meal, before retiring to bed. What could be better than that?
We were given detailed maps and instructions to help us on our walk and our guide, Marie was able to communicate with us at all times.
It was so easy. We were free to walk and enjoy the scenery. No worries!
We were also blessed with a wonderful show of wildflowers. I would certainly recommend Auswalk Walking Holidays for anyone who enjoys walking and getting close to nature.
Would you be able to pass this on to your readers? I would like them to know what a good company you are. Many thanks

Lisa Daye – October 2016, Bibbulmun Track

Once again, we have had the pleasure of experiencing a most magnificent and pristine region of our amazing country, by walking the incredible Bibbulmun Track.
As the days lingered by, I became more in harmony with the beauty that surrounded me at every turn and undulation.
I almost had a feeling that I could imagine myself as a member of the Noonga tribe from long ago!
I also had a feeling of great debt to the people who have the mammoth job of continuing to maintain the track for us to enjoy.
We had a perfect walking holiday and will encourage others to follow in our footsteps!

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