Hiking the Bibbulmun Track
You do not need to dedicate six to eight weeks to walk the superb 965-kilometre Bibbulmun Track in order to enjoy it. There are plenty of places to get on and off the track, so you can stretch the legs for a few hours, take a series of overnight walks staying in B&Bs, or strap on a load and immerse yourself in a section. The track cuts across the south-west corner of the state, from Kalamunda on the outskirts of Perth, to Albany on the south coast, travelling through a range of Western Australian landscapes – towering karri forests, waterfalls on granite cliffs, valleys of pine, carpets of wildflowers and 200 kilometres of coast. There are simple hiking huts every 15–20 kilometres and plenty of places to pick up supplies along or just off the route, but because you cannot book the huts, overnight walkers have to carry a tent. Particularly recommended sections are the spectacular coastal views through the Albany wind farm and Conspicuous Cliffs near Walpole, karri forests around Pemberton, and the wildflower-rich jarrah and marri forests near Collie.
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation, as well as helping maintain the trail and providing the most comprehensive information on it, offers a wide range of experiences along the way, including walks staying in comfortable beds each night, birdwatching walks and overnight introductions to the track. A variety of independent operators also offer guided walks. These are generally ‘highlights’ packages, which offer transport between sections. Most of the best operators are listed on the Bibbulmun Track Foundation website.
Bibbulmun Track Foundation: (08) 9481 0551
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