Monday 14th to Tuesday 21st September 2020
The Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia is one of the world’s great long-distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast. The Track passes through some of the most beautiful and peaceful coastal, forest and rural areas of Australia’s south west. Along the way, 49 campsites each provide a three-sided wooden sleeping shelter, tent sites, pit toilet, picnic table and water tank. Over the years the Bibbulmun Track has won several WA and National Tourism Awards.
The Highlights itinerary has been carefully compiled to enable you to experience a cross section of the Bibbulmun Track from the spectacular ocean views and coastal heathlands in the far south, through the magnificent karri and tingle forest and up to the rolling hills and jarrah forests in the northern section.
We have selected a range of full and half-day walks and our bus will transport you to and from the Track each day. You will also experience some unique eco-tourism attractions in the region. Each evening we will return to comfortable accommodation in the rural towns and villages along the Track to relax and enjoy a delicious dinner.
On the walks, you need carry only a small daypack containing your lunch, a camera, water bottle, etc. From the rocky escarpments that provide exhilarating views, to the tranquillity of the tall forests, our itinerary caters for walkers with previous and recent bushwalking experience.
Monday 14th – Monday 21st September 2020
View the 2020 dossier and booking form.
While this tour is full, places will become available if the WA border remains closed. People residing in WA are strongly encouraged to submit their registration form (without a deposit) if they wish to register for this tour should places become available if the border remains closed.
Check out the sister tour, our Bibbulmun and Beyond Tour in May each year.
Get a taste of the tour and watch our video.
Mon 14 Sept: Drive from Perth to Albany. Visit Mt Clarence.
Leaving Perth by 7.30am, we travel south along the Albany Highway via the township of Williams (for a short break) stopping at Kojonup for lunch at a local cafe. Please have breakfast before we depart. Located 409km south east of Perth, Albany is Western Australia’s oldest settlement. During the 1840’s and 1850’s whaling was the main industry. On arrival we will take a trip to the top of Mount Clarence for spectacular views of the area. We will check into our accommodation late afternoon and get to know each other better over a delicious meal at a local restaurant.
Tues 15 Sept Coastal walk near Albany and toward Torbay (13.2km moderate walk)
We begin this section by spending some time at the Albany Wind Farm, through which the Track passes. The turbines supply up to 75% of Albany’s power. The Track weaves in and around the coastal ridges providing a series of spectacular outlooks and dolphins are often sighted here. The low hardy coastal vegetation typical of this area produces a remarkable array of flowers over a wide period of the year. After passing an area where a second wind farm was commissioned in early 2012, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at a Bibbulmun Track campsite and then finish our walk at a look-out over Torbay and the expansive southern ocean. A one-hour drive will transport us to our accommodation in Denmark, a picturesque village hidden amongst forest and rolling hills. There we will relax and freshen up before dinner.
Wed 16 Sept Coast, Karri & Boulders walk (15.3km moderate to hard walk)
Our walk commences near Denmark. The Track ascends through thick karri forest and winds its way past huge and jumbled granite outcrops leading to magnificent views across the south coast from the summit of Mount Hallowell. Descend through karri past Monkey Rock to Lights Beach then on past William Bay Campsite to our pick up point. Time permitting, we may pay a visit to the popular Green’s Pool at William Bay. We then have time to relax and enjoy a hot shower before dining in Denmark.
Thurs 17 Sept Walpole Inlet cruise and Tingle Forest walk (4.7km moderate to easy walk)
Leaving Denmark we drive 1¼ hours to Walpole where we join a WOW Wilderness cruise on the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. This renowned cruise will give you a fascinating insight into the history and ecology of the area. After a picnic lunch we’ll walk for a couple of hours through the forest to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk for a birds-eye view of the magnificent tingle and karri trees from the elevated walkway. After checking into our accommodation, we’ll enjoy dinner in the tiny town of Walpole.
Fri 18 Sept Giant Tingle and River Valley walk (11.1km moderate walk)
A short drive takes us to the Giant Tingle Tree. The walk from here leads us past some of the best karri, tingle and sheoak forest anywhere in the south west. The descent from Douglas Hill offers lovely glimpses into the Frankland River valley below where the Bibbulmun Track campsite is perched right on the bank of this largely unspoilt river. We’ll be transported back to our accommodation for dinner.
Sat 19 Sept Karri Kingdom and the Gloucester Tree (10.7km easy to moderate walk)
A scenic two-hour drive takes us to Pemberton in the heart of karri country. A further 30 minute drive takes us to the north of the town where the Bibbulmun Track winds through an area rich in logging history with a mixture of old growth and regenerating karri forest. We’ll start our walk at Beedelup Falls and finish at Big Brook Dam. After a picnic lunch, we should have some time to explore town or perhaps visit the famous Gloucester Tree – fancy a climb up the 153 rungs to the 60m top?
Sun 20 Sept Rolling Hills and wildflowers. (6.3km easy to moderate walk)
Today we’ll leave the tall timber country behind us and head for the rolling green hills of Balingup. Just south of the village, we’ll walk through the Golden Valley Tree Park which features a unique collection of exotic trees from all over the world. After lunch and a look through some of the delightful shops in the village we’ll head north to Dwellingup.
Mon 21 Sept Jarrah Forest and Logging History. (11km easy walk)
A little over 8km walk through the jarrah forest brings us to another campsite for lunch. A further 2km walk to our pick up point, a now defunct logging town-site, and we’ll head off to Dwellingup to explore the town before departing around 3pm for our final leg to Perth, arriving at about 5pm. The itinerary should be used as a guide only as it can vary due to weather, client
preferences, trail conditions and unforeseen circumstances. Our local guides have a profound knowledge of the Bibbulmun Track and will seek out the best alternatives where necessary.
TOUR PRICE JOINING FROM PERTH CBD
Tour cost per person $2600 (predominantly twin share basis – see notes below)
Single supplement add $340 per person to the tour cost (see notes below – conditions apply).
All prices include GST. Minimum numbers must be reached before tour is confirmed.
• Motel/Chalet accommodation predominantly on a twin share basis (shared facilities in Nornalup and twin/triple share
rooms in Dwellingup). Accommodation varies in standard according to what is available in each town.
• All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 8.
• Bibbulmun Track Deuter day pack and Bibbulmun Track water bottle per person valued at almost $200.
• All transport by private bus.
• Entrance fees and permits to national parks and attractions including Tree Top Walk and WOW Wilderness Cruise.
• Two passionate and fun Bibbulmun Track Foundation guides.
• Items of a personal nature.
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
• Optional excursions.
• Personal travel insurance.
• Pre and post tour accommodation.
• Only one single supplement is available due to the availability of accommodation in some towns.