Bibbulmun Track, WA

 Australia

The Bibbulmun Track is a stunning long-distance trail snaking 1000km through the heart of the beautiful South West of Western Australia.

Trip duration:
7 days

Challenge duration:
7 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
Late March to May, September to November

Accommodation:
Twin-share in comfortable cabins/holiday villas

Hiking the Bibbulmun Track

On this seven-day adventure, you'll trek and admire a picturesque variety of forest and coastline on this southern section of the track.

You'll be based in the charming small town of Walpole, from where you will set out and discover the jewels of this region. You'll immerse yourself in the magnificent Karri and Tingle forest where you come up close and personal with the largest living eucalypt in the world stretching high into the canopy, and admire the majestic glimpses of valley views as you take in the sights and sounds of this spectacular forest.

You will then trek through coastal heaths to lookouts to admire the rugged coastlines of Australia's south coast and the vista of the Southern Ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see. You may also choose to take a dip in the ocean to celebrate the end of a challenging trek. As you challenge yourself physically, you will be rewarded not only by some of the most scenic landscapes in Australia but all that you have learned and accomplished.

Aerial sunset view of stunning Conspicuous Beach along Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia.
Enormous trunk of Tingle Tree, Walpole

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Explore the forests, coasts and rocky headlands of the Bibbulmun Track
  • Discover the region’s diverse native flora and wildlife
  • Witness the spectacular coastal views to Point Irwin and Point Hillier
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Perth, John Rate Lookout - Walpole

We recommend that you arrive the night before to be ready to meet your team and guides at 8:00am at the Wellington Street Coach Stand, in the Perth CBD. From here, we depart Perth and head south. We stop on-route for lunch before arriving at John Rate Lookout in the mid-afternoon. From here, we begin our first trek of this adventure, passing the golf course that is often dotted with kangaroos, the Walpole inlet and finally the final section along a boardwalk. We then make our way to our accommodation for the next six nights, settling in while your guides prepare our first team dinner.

Trekking Distance: 6km 

Transfer Time: 4-5 hours 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Giant Tingle Tree - Walpole

This morning after breakfast we depart the Giant Tingle Tree, estimated to be the largest living eucalypt in the world. Once we’ve explored this massive hollowed out tree, we will begin our trek back to Walpole. We explore the impressive Karri and Tingle forest, making a stop at the Hilltop Lookout to take in the breathtaking views over the Walpole Inlet. We then continue along old railway formation, where we’re met with incredible wildflower displays and coastal views as we approach town. Tonight, we once again enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our guides.

Trekking Distance: 11km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Giant Tingle Tree – Sappers Bridge

We begin today’s walk at Sappers Bridge, a popular historic landmark in Walpole Nornalup National Park. As we descend towards Franklin River we catch spectacular glimpses through the trees and into the valley. We cross some creeks before we reach Franklin River Campsite, a great place to take a break or a dip in the river. This afternoon, we ascend away from the river, passing through magnificent karri, tingle and she oak forests for the remainder of the day.

Trekking Distance: 11km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sappers Bridge – Valley of the Giants

Today we begin our trek from Sappers Bridge. After crossing the bridge over the Franklin River, the track passes through the forest and across several small creeks. Here, we will cross footbridges, admiring the small rocky rapids, large mossy logs and burnt out hollow tree trunks. Our trek today ends at the Valley of the Giants.

Trekking Distance: 10km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: South Coast Highway – Conspicuous Beach

We depart from the Valley of the Giants and begin today’s trek from the old Denmark-Nornalup rail formation along the South Coast Highway. We then ascend to Nut Road Lookout, from where we are rewarded with stunning views east and south over the coast. From here, we descend through red flowering gum, crossing some small creeks. Be sure to keep an eye out for orchids, as they can often be spotted on this section of the track. We continue through coastal heath before reaching our final destination for today, the magical Conspicuous Beach with it’s breathtaking ocean views.

Trekking Distance: 11km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Conspicuous Beach – Peaceful Bay

Today is our longest day of trekking. Our day begins early, as we start at the whale watching platform. If we’re lucky, we may spot some whales or dolphins. If we’re less lucky, we’ll still be treated to a beautiful view of the ocean stretched out in front of us. Our trek really begins with a steep ascent towards Conspicuous Cliff. At the top, we are rewarded with views to Point Irwin and Point Hillier. We stop to rest at one of the Bibbulmun Track shelters, then continue through dense peppermint plants, stony beaches and rocky headland before crossing the summit of Castle Rock. We finish our trek with the stretch of beach at Peaceful Bay. On a warm day, celebrate a job well done with a swim here before we return to Walpole for our final dinner together.

Trekking Distance: 16km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: John Rate Lookout – Tinglewood Road, Return to Perth

This morning we pack up and depart our accommodation. On our way back to Perth, we undertake a short walk to finish off our adventure. Then it’s back in the bus for one last time, as we arrive back in Perth by about 4:00pm. Please ensure you book your flight home after 6:30pm.

Trekking Distance: 3km 

Transfer Time: 4-5 hours 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Depart Perth, John Rate Lookout - Walpole

We recommend that you arrive the night before to be ready to meet your team and guides at 8:00am at the Wellington Street Coach Stand, in the Perth CBD. From here, we depart Perth and head south. We stop on-route for lunch before arriving at John Rate Lookout in the mid-afternoon. From here, we begin our first trek of this adventure, passing the golf course that is often dotted with kangaroos, the Walpole inlet and finally the final section along a boardwalk. We then make our way to our accommodation for the next six nights, settling in while your guides prepare our first team dinner.

Trekking Distance: 6km 

Transfer Time: 4-5 hours 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Giant Tingle Tree - Walpole

This morning after breakfast we depart the Giant Tingle Tree, estimated to be the largest living eucalypt in the world. Once we’ve explored this massive hollowed out tree, we will begin our trek back to Walpole. We explore the impressive Karri and Tingle forest, making a stop at the Hilltop Lookout to take in the breathtaking views over the Walpole Inlet. We then continue along old railway formation, where we’re met with incredible wildflower displays and coastal views as we approach town. Tonight, we once again enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our guides.

Trekking Distance: 11km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Giant Tingle Tree – Sappers Bridge

We begin today’s walk at Sappers Bridge, a popular historic landmark in Walpole Nornalup National Park. As we descend towards Franklin River we catch spectacular glimpses through the trees and into the valley. We cross some creeks before we reach Franklin River Campsite, a great place to take a break or a dip in the river. This afternoon, we ascend away from the river, passing through magnificent karri, tingle and she oak forests for the remainder of the day.

Trekking Distance: 11km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sappers Bridge – Valley of the Giants

Today we begin our trek from Sappers Bridge. After crossing the bridge over the Franklin River, the track passes through the forest and across several small creeks. Here, we will cross footbridges, admiring the small rocky rapids, large mossy logs and burnt out hollow tree trunks. Our trek today ends at the Valley of the Giants.

Trekking Distance: 10km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: South Coast Highway – Conspicuous Beach

We depart from the Valley of the Giants and begin today’s trek from the old Denmark-Nornalup rail formation along the South Coast Highway. We then ascend to Nut Road Lookout, from where we are rewarded with stunning views east and south over the coast. From here, we descend through red flowering gum, crossing some small creeks. Be sure to keep an eye out for orchids, as they can often be spotted on this section of the track. We continue through coastal heath before reaching our final destination for today, the magical Conspicuous Beach with it’s breathtaking ocean views.

Trekking Distance: 11km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Conspicuous Beach – Peaceful Bay

Today is our longest day of trekking. Our day begins early, as we start at the whale watching platform. If we’re lucky, we may spot some whales or dolphins. If we’re less lucky, we’ll still be treated to a beautiful view of the ocean stretched out in front of us. Our trek really begins with a steep ascent towards Conspicuous Cliff. At the top, we are rewarded with views to Point Irwin and Point Hillier. We stop to rest at one of the Bibbulmun Track shelters, then continue through dense peppermint plants, stony beaches and rocky headland before crossing the summit of Castle Rock. We finish our trek with the stretch of beach at Peaceful Bay. On a warm day, celebrate a job well done with a swim here before we return to Walpole for our final dinner together.

Trekking Distance: 16km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: John Rate Lookout – Tinglewood Road, Return to Perth

This morning we pack up and depart our accommodation. On our way back to Perth, we undertake a short walk to finish off our adventure. Then it’s back in the bus for one last time, as we arrive back in Perth by about 4:00pm. Please ensure you book your flight home after 6:30pm.

Trekking Distance: 3km 

Transfer Time: 4-5 hours 

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

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About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Bibbulmun Track is renowned for being hilly, making it a great challenge but one that requires a little training beforehand. The more training you do, the more fun you will have as this is a cardio-heavy adventure with lots of uphill climbs. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-7 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is in 3-star two to three bedroom villas based on twin share. The bedrooms have either a double bed or 2-3 single beds. Bathroom facilities are mainly shared and some rooms have ensuites. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfasts are served continental and consist of cereals, yoghurt, preserved or tinned fruits, toast, spreads, boiled eggs, coffee, tea and juice. Lunch can include rolls or wraps, a selection of cold meats, spreads, condiments, salad and pieces of fruit. Also included are snacks and pre-dinner nibbles. Two-course dinners will be prepared at the accommodation by our local crew each night. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are not included.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs. There will always be gluten free and vegetarian options available.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You will not be able to use your phone while out in the bush – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! Phone and mobile internet reception are available in Walpole. Please note, there is no wifi available at the accommodation.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

The cooler months are the ideal time to walk the Bibbulmun Track - between April and early November. The wettest months are June and August. The autumn weather in the Walpole region varies from a top of 20°C to a mild low of 12°C. In the winter, daytime temperatures range anywhere between 10-17°C.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in comfortable cabins based on twin-share
  • Meals and snacks as per itinerary
  • Experienced local guide(s)
  • National Park fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. The fee will also cover your fundraising support to help you reach and exceed your target before you depart for your adventure.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash in Walpole, when required.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Bibbulmun Track is renowned for being hilly, making it a great challenge but one that requires a little training beforehand. The more training you do, the more fun you will have as this is a cardio-heavy adventure with lots of uphill climbs. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-7 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is in 3-star two to three bedroom villas based on twin share. The bedrooms have either a double bed or 2-3 single beds. Bathroom facilities are mainly shared and some rooms have ensuites. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfasts are served continental and consist of cereals, yoghurt, preserved or tinned fruits, toast, spreads, boiled eggs, coffee, tea and juice. Lunch can include rolls or wraps, a selection of cold meats, spreads, condiments, salad and pieces of fruit. Also included are snacks and pre-dinner nibbles. Two-course dinners will be prepared at the accommodation by our local crew each night. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are not included.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs. There will always be gluten free and vegetarian options available.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You will not be able to use your phone while out in the bush – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! Phone and mobile internet reception are available in Walpole. Please note, there is no wifi available at the accommodation.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

The cooler months are the ideal time to walk the Bibbulmun Track - between April and early November. The wettest months are June and August. The autumn weather in the Walpole region varies from a top of 20°C to a mild low of 12°C. In the winter, daytime temperatures range anywhere between 10-17°C.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in comfortable cabins based on twin-share
  • Meals and snacks as per itinerary
  • Experienced local guide(s)
  • National Park fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. The fee will also cover your fundraising support to help you reach and exceed your target before you depart for your adventure.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash in Walpole, when required.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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