Self-guided

OVERVIEW

Covering almost 150km of the Bibbulmun Track from Walpole to Albany and showcasing the incredible biodiversity of this unique region, this trip is considered a must-do by many seasoned walkers around the world. Towering forests of Karri, Tingle, Jarrah and Marri trees, mist-shrouded valleys, giant granite boulders, peaceful coastal heath land and idyllic coves are just some of the astonishing natural wonders to explore here.

We’ve designed the walk to avoid a lot of beach walking in favour of cliff top tracks with many elevated vantage points like Monkey Rock for stunning panoramic views. Conspicuous Cliffs, Peaceful Bay, Lowlands Beach and Cosy Corner are some of the evocatively named highlights that await.

This is a truly pristine wilderness, combining majestic coastal scenery and unique flora and fauna, in an environment that has been protected by vast distances and minimal human impact over millennia. Stunning wildflowers year-round provide a vivid contrast to the azure ocean views and the whitest of sandy 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 walking the Bibbulmun Track you will have the support of our team on the ground along the way.  You can fully experience this amazing walk with the freedom of knowing that at the end of each day there’ll be the luxury of having a hot shower, a chef-prepared dinner and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. Rising refreshed and primed for next day’s fabulous walk.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
9 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 721

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1
WALPOLE

Start in Walpole any time after 2pm. This is about 420km south of Perth. Coach services operate daily. The Bibbulmun track is named after the earliest indigenous inhabitants of Australia’s south west. The track is Australia’s longest walking trail at a distance of over 1000 kilometres.

Walking: Easy / optional 10km / 3 hrs

Accommodation: Tree Tops Motel Walpole

DAY 2
WALPOLE TO FRANKLAND RIVER

Begin walking the Bibbulmun Track from 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, 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. Transfer back to Walpole for the night.

Walking: Moderate / 19.6km / 5–6 hrs / can be shortened to 12.6km / mostly easy walking with one short, well-graded hill and some rough track for the last 2km

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Tree Tops Motel Walpole

DAY 3
FRANKLAND RIVER TO NUTKIN LODGE

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. The optional Tree Tops Walk near the Frankland River affords an additional opportunity for a birds-eye view of the forest via a raised canopy boardwalk at tree level. Walk amongst Tingle trees at the Ancient Empire Walk that are large enough to park a car in. The Bibbulmun continues downhill through more beautiful karri forest to your accommodation.

Walking: Easy to moderate/ 18.1km / 5–6 hrs / can be shortened to 10.3km

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and three course organic dinner

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Conspicuous Cliffs

DAY 4
NUTKIN LODGE TO PEACEFUL BAY

Head off from your accommodation through a forest of rare red flowering gums 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 sixty lucky locals and a whole lot of tourists during the holiday season. Transfer back to your accommodation.

Walking: Moderate / 25.1km / 6–7 hrs / can be shortened to 15.9km

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and three course organic dinner

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Conspicuous Cliffs

DAY 5
WILLIAM BAY TO DENMARK VIA MOUNT HALLOWELL

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 Lights Beach, one of our all-time favourites. The Bibbulmun heads inland for a long stretch, climbing to a high vantage point at Monkey Rock. From here you have expansive views over Wilson Inlet at Denmark. Then it’s onwards and upwards to the highest point on this holiday – the summit of Mt Hallowell with more karri forests and a jumble of granite tors. Descend down the other side into Denmark.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 17.6km / approx. 4.5–5 hrs / can be shortened by about 6.5km

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a three course dinner

Accommodation: B&B in Denmark

DAY 6
EDEN RD TO LOWLANDS BEACH

After a short transfer to the other side of the inlet at Denmark, the Bibbulmun continues across the Nullaki Peninsula where you’ll be able to see the Porongurups 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: Moderate / 15.7km / 4–5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Cape Howe

DAY 7
COSY CORNER TO LOWLANDS BEACH

After a short transfer to Cosy Corner, 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 seldom visited beaches. Sections of walking across granite slabs add a different feel to the track.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 25.2km / 6–7 hrs / can be shortened to 18.3km

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Cape Howe

DAY 8
MUTTON BIRD RD TO ALBANY

Another short transfer to Mutton Point before arriving at your accommodation in Albany and the end of the Bibbulmun Track. Today features more cliff top tracks with the added element of getting up close to a large wind farm. Here, they’re laid-back enough to allow walkers to get close enough to touch a turbine. This wind farm also happens to be at one of the most scenic sections of track, causing some to object, but remember that it provides clean renewable energy for the town. 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 the Bibbulmun Track is a real achievement and there is no better place to celebrate than in remote iconic town of  Albany.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 25.9km / 7–8.5 hrs / options for shortening distance

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: B&B in Albany

DAY 9
ALBANY

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

Meals: Cooked breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 9 day pack free walking holiday
  • Optional rest day in Denmark to make a 10 day itinerary
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • 8 cooked breakfasts and 5 multi-course dinners and 7 comprehensive Walkers Lunches
  • Luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, Bibbulmun Track map, map case , insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s transfer company and representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The friendly locals we work with for accommodation, meals and transfers are attentive to 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 providing a welcoming and comfortable base to rest, relax and recount the day’s highlights. All rooms have their own ensuite.

The two and three course dinners and cooked breakfasts are all generous, prepared by chefs where it is possible, with a focus on organic and regional food and wine. Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A Walkers Lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

GENERAL INFO

The walking is mainly flat well defined tracks. You will walk on average 20kms a day through diverse landscapes that only the Bibbulmun can offer. We provide a Bibbulmun Track map however you will find the comprehensive notes more than enough to easily find your way.  This is a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves, however easier options are available on some days. This is a reasonably long and tough walk and we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day.

September to November is great for walking this track and there are lots of wildflowers about. Summer can be quite warm then it cools down by March. Autumn is also brilliant for walking in this area. This trip is available all year round, but in the winter months between June to August there can be prolonged wet spells making walking more challenging.

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

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy for travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this link. Get an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $725
  • 1 Apr 2020 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2755

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $725
Overview

OVERVIEW

Covering almost 150km of the Bibbulmun Track from Walpole to Albany and showcasing the incredible biodiversity of this unique region, this trip is considered a must-do by many seasoned walkers around the world. Towering forests of Karri, Tingle, Jarrah and Marri trees, mist-shrouded valleys, giant granite boulders, peaceful coastal heath land and idyllic coves are just some of the astonishing natural wonders to explore here.

We’ve designed the walk to avoid a lot of beach walking in favour of cliff top tracks with many elevated vantage points like Monkey Rock for stunning panoramic views. Conspicuous Cliffs, Peaceful Bay, Lowlands Beach and Cosy Corner are some of the evocatively named highlights that await.

This is a truly pristine wilderness, combining majestic coastal scenery and unique flora and fauna, in an environment that has been protected by vast distances and minimal human impact over millennia. Stunning wildflowers year-round provide a vivid contrast to the azure ocean views and the whitest of sandy 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 walking the Bibbulmun Track you will have the support of our team on the ground along the way.  You can fully experience this amazing walk with the freedom of knowing that at the end of each day there’ll be the luxury of having a hot shower, a chef-prepared dinner and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. Rising refreshed and primed for next day’s fabulous walk.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
9 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 721

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1
WALPOLE

Start in Walpole any time after 2pm. This is about 420km south of Perth. Coach services operate daily. The Bibbulmun track is named after the earliest indigenous inhabitants of Australia’s south west. The track is Australia’s longest walking trail at a distance of over 1000 kilometres.

Walking: Easy / optional 10km / 3 hrs

Accommodation: Tree Tops Motel Walpole

DAY 2
WALPOLE TO FRANKLAND RIVER

Begin walking the Bibbulmun Track from 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, 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. Transfer back to Walpole for the night.

Walking: Moderate / 19.6km / 5–6 hrs / can be shortened to 12.6km / mostly easy walking with one short, well-graded hill and some rough track for the last 2km

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Tree Tops Motel Walpole

DAY 3
FRANKLAND RIVER TO NUTKIN LODGE

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. The optional Tree Tops Walk near the Frankland River affords an additional opportunity for a birds-eye view of the forest via a raised canopy boardwalk at tree level. Walk amongst Tingle trees at the Ancient Empire Walk that are large enough to park a car in. The Bibbulmun continues downhill through more beautiful karri forest to your accommodation.

Walking: Easy to moderate/ 18.1km / 5–6 hrs / can be shortened to 10.3km

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and three course organic dinner

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Conspicuous Cliffs

DAY 4
NUTKIN LODGE TO PEACEFUL BAY

Head off from your accommodation through a forest of rare red flowering gums 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 sixty lucky locals and a whole lot of tourists during the holiday season. Transfer back to your accommodation.

Walking: Moderate / 25.1km / 6–7 hrs / can be shortened to 15.9km

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and three course organic dinner

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Conspicuous Cliffs

DAY 5
WILLIAM BAY TO DENMARK VIA MOUNT HALLOWELL

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 Lights Beach, one of our all-time favourites. The Bibbulmun heads inland for a long stretch, climbing to a high vantage point at Monkey Rock. From here you have expansive views over Wilson Inlet at Denmark. Then it’s onwards and upwards to the highest point on this holiday – the summit of Mt Hallowell with more karri forests and a jumble of granite tors. Descend down the other side into Denmark.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 17.6km / approx. 4.5–5 hrs / can be shortened by about 6.5km

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a three course dinner

Accommodation: B&B in Denmark

DAY 6
EDEN RD TO LOWLANDS BEACH

After a short transfer to the other side of the inlet at Denmark, the Bibbulmun continues across the Nullaki Peninsula where you’ll be able to see the Porongurups 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: Moderate / 15.7km / 4–5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Cape Howe

DAY 7
COSY CORNER TO LOWLANDS BEACH

After a short transfer to Cosy Corner, 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 seldom visited beaches. Sections of walking across granite slabs add a different feel to the track.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 25.2km / 6–7 hrs / can be shortened to 18.3km

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Remote cottages near Cape Howe

DAY 8
MUTTON BIRD RD TO ALBANY

Another short transfer to Mutton Point before arriving at your accommodation in Albany and the end of the Bibbulmun Track. Today features more cliff top tracks with the added element of getting up close to a large wind farm. Here, they’re laid-back enough to allow walkers to get close enough to touch a turbine. This wind farm also happens to be at one of the most scenic sections of track, causing some to object, but remember that it provides clean renewable energy for the town. 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 the Bibbulmun Track is a real achievement and there is no better place to celebrate than in remote iconic town of  Albany.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 25.9km / 7–8.5 hrs / options for shortening distance

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: B&B in Albany

DAY 9
ALBANY

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

Meals: Cooked breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 9 day pack free walking holiday
  • Optional rest day in Denmark to make a 10 day itinerary
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • 8 cooked breakfasts and 5 multi-course dinners and 7 comprehensive Walkers Lunches
  • Luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, Bibbulmun Track map, map case , insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s transfer company and representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The friendly locals we work with for accommodation, meals and transfers are attentive to 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 providing a welcoming and comfortable base to rest, relax and recount the day’s highlights. All rooms have their own ensuite.

The two and three course dinners and cooked breakfasts are all generous, prepared by chefs where it is possible, with a focus on organic and regional food and wine. Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A Walkers Lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

General Info

GENERAL INFO

The walking is mainly flat well defined tracks. You will walk on average 20kms a day through diverse landscapes that only the Bibbulmun can offer. We provide a Bibbulmun Track map however you will find the comprehensive notes more than enough to easily find your way.  This is a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves, however easier options are available on some days. This is a reasonably long and tough walk and we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day.

September to November is great for walking this track and there are lots of wildflowers about. Summer can be quite warm then it cools down by March. Autumn is also brilliant for walking in this area. This trip is available all year round, but in the winter months between June to August there can be prolonged wet spells making walking more challenging.

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

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy for travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this link. Get an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $725
  • 1 Apr 2020 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2755

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $725

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