Trekking the Bibbulmun Track

The Bibbulmun track is one of the longest walking trails in Australia and the whole world, covering an astounding distance of almost 1000 kilometres from end to end - that is from Perth to Albany.

As such, it takes about eight weeks to complete the whole route - a route that passes by some of south-western Australia's most picturesque landscapes and coastal areas.

However, if that timeline is too long for you, then there is also the option of shorter treks that only takes days to complete.

Top 5 Reasons to Hike the Bibbulmun Track

  1. There is nothing like the triumphant feeling of overcoming one of the longest walking trails in Australia - a feat that you can proudly share with your family and friends.
  2. You can spend some quality time with the family, whether it is telling stories while walking along the trails or singing a song around the warm campfire.
  3. The Bibbulmun Track offers some of the most picturesque views in south-western Australia - from high mountains and dense forests to beautiful coastlines - this trail has got it all.
  4. This is a great way of instilling in your kids love and respect for nature and those that dwell in it.
  5. It provides a wonderful escape from the busy lifestyle at work and school.

What You Can Expect to See

Given the long route of the Bibbulmun track and its sections, it is a fact that there will be many wonderful things to see and admire along the way, not to mention to wake up to after a night in your comfortable Pop-up Shelter.

Scenic Sights and Views

The Bibbulmun track offers travellers variety of wonderful scenes, from cool ocean views to dense forest landscapes.

The coastlines of south-western Australia are some of the most beautiful in the world. Trek along the cliffs and low rise and get to admire the cool blue ocean waters from there, while breathing in the warm ad salty ocean breeze blowing from the sea.

The forests along the Bibbulmun track boasts of some of the most amazing trees that thrive in Australia - some trees reaching as high as a hundred feet or so - so tall that they are believed to be centuries old to date.

The best views of the forests is in the early morning, when mist floats steadily and covers the ground and the base of the trees, giving the impression of a jungle in the clouds.

These tiny centaurium flowers are some of the many flowering plants in the Jarrah Forests of Dwellingup. Photo by llena on Flickr.

Bibbulmun Track Flora

The lush vegetation of the Bibbulmun track offers hikers a variety of plant life species - from flowers to orchids and other delightfully beautiful ornamental plants. They grow in trees, on the ground, in crevices in the rocks and almost everywhere else possible.

There are various kinds of trees that grow along the track, like the giant Karri and Jarrah trees. Weird looking grass trees, which are usually home to many flying and crawling creatures also abound the place.

Various land and air creatures like this male Blue Wren will surely delight trekkers in the Bibbulmun track. Photo by Benjamint444 on Wikimedia.

Bibbulmun Track Fauna

While trekking the Bibbulmun track, don't be surprised by the wide range of creatures that live in the area, with land and air creatures coexisting harmoniously with nature and each other.

Some of the common birds that can be seen while trekking are the White Tailed Cockatoo or the Blue Wren, which are usually perched up in the trees, on the rocks, and even on the ceilings of the campsites.

Small animals like the Bobtail Skink, Kwenda (small native marsupials), Quokka, and Motorbike Frogs also live in the area, along with bigger animals like the world famous Kangaroos.

8 Day Walking and Camping Itinerary

As mentioned, the whole Bibbulmun track can take about eight weeks to finish, but you don't have to do the end to end journey in order to enjoy its wonderful offerings, as the track can be divided into sections which you can traverse in several days only.

However, it is still possible to complete the whole Bibbulmun track in several days.

Of course, the walks will be limited to half-day or full-day strolls, and most overnight accommodations will be in the rural areas where the tracks pass, which is still adventurous but more convenient and safe for the family.

These Wind Farm turbines do not only supply power to the place but serves as a wonderful addition to the landscape, too. Photo by lawmurray on Flickr.

Day 1

Go from Perth to Albany taking the Albany Highway, which is about 400 kilometre drive. Upon arriving to the coastal town, pack your gears for a nice climb up Mt. Clarence.

Picture taking at the Deserted Mounted Corps is one of the highlights of the walk, but the best part is reaching the top and enjoying a panoramic view of the surrounding areas. After the walk, head back to the town centre and check in to your chosen accommodation.

Day 2

Rise and shine! Explore more of Albany by taking another walk, but this time in the lovely coastal areas of the area. Head on to the Wind farm and enjoy the sight of tall turbines turning round and round, thanks to the strong wind blowing from the Indian Ocean.

There are vantage points that allows for great views of the sea and some dolphins if you're lucky enough.

Follow the trails through the Bibbulmun track until you reach the campsite (14 kilometres or so) where you can relax and have your meal. You can either spend the night in the campsite or walk back towards town, get on your car and drive to charming Denmark.

Enjoy the view of the pristine, blue waters at Williams Bay. Photo by fvanrenterghem on Flickr.

Day 3

Denmark is a lovely place which is great for strolls. Get everyone ready for a walk through the forests of Karri trees, and pass by some odd boulder and rock formations. Climb up Mt Holliwell and enjoy a nice view of the south coast (and some fresh air, too).

Continue to Lights Beach and William's Bay through the Monkey Rocks before heading back to Denmark centre.

Day 4

From Denmark, drive to Walpole, park and walk the track through the dense forests with very tall trees. One adventure not to be missed is the Valley of Giants Tree Top Walk, where steel bridges connecting one tree top to another provides an exciting (and somewhat dizzying) elevated tree top walk. After this, head back to Walpole for a good night's rest.

Day 5

Morning beckons and it is time to view more of the place. Hike to and through (yes, "through") the Giant Tingle Tree and take pictures of some of the best Tingle and Karri trees and Sheoak forests.

Continue uphill and see the clean and unspoilt Frankland River where the campsite for some packed lunch. Go back to Walpole for dinner and rest.

Tingle trees in these areas are some of most massive and oddly formed in Australia and the world - so massive that you can fit a small car in its hollow. Photo by badjonni on Flickr.

Day 6

Take a two-hour drive to Pemberton and drop by in one of the logging areas where old and regenerating trees abound. The hike starts at the Beedelup Falls and ends at the Big Brook Dam.

After lunch, visit the famous 60 metre Gloucester tree and dare to climb up through it more than 150 rungs, which are simply iron rods sticking out.

Day 7

Leave the timber trails in exchange for the gorgeous parks and hills of Balingup where you can hike through the Golden Valley Tree Park, with its collection of exotic trees collected from various parts of the world. After the stroll, it is time to head to Dwellingup.

Day 8

Dwellingup is the last league of the itinerary, and the highlight is a walk through the Jarrah forests which ending in one of the abandoned logging sites in the area. Head back to the town centre for some souvenir shopping before taking the drive back to Perth.

Among the birds and looking down: do this and more while on the Bibbulmun Track. Photo by Pete Fordham on Flickr.

Who Can Take You There

Exploring the Bibbulmun track can be done independently (by following the itinerary above) or by joining a group of other hikers and tour guides. If the latter is more to your liking, then contact any of the following operators for rates and schedules.

World Expeditions - One of the most trusted operators in the Bibbulmun track, with almost two decades of experience in the business.

Out of Sight Tours - They specialise in guided walks through sections of the Bibbulmun track.

Inspiration Outdoors - The company offers guided tours of the Bibbulmun tracks, which strays from conventional outdoor camping and instead assures its patrons of soft beds and warm showers at the end of the trek.

Bibbulmun Track Climate

  • Weather can be unpredictable, but here is a general overview of what you can expect in the Bibbulmun track
  • Best time to walk is between April and November, with October to November being either hot or cold.
  • Overnight temperatures in late winter and early spring can be as low as -10.
  • There's rainy weather in as early as May, with July and August being the wettest months. Expect drizzles in the south coast, and heavy downpours in the northern half of the trail.

What to Pack

Whether you are going for the whole trek or a section of it, don't forget to fill your Backpack/daypack with the following. Shorter day walks will require less of these of course, so feel free to add or subtract from the list as needed.

  • Bibbulmun Map or Guide Book
  • Our trusty and camping tents
  • Comfortable Clothes, Jackets, and Walking Shoes or boots, Sun Hat
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping Bags and Travel Pillows
  • Water and Snack or Lunch
  • Insect repellent and Sunscreen
  • Binoculars and Cameras
  • Toilet paper
  • Mosquito Nets or Tents if you're spending the night in the campsite
  • Stoves and Food dehydrators

Comments

Here are what people who've been there and done that have to say:

"I came home with a lot more enthusiasm for life in general and an attitude that I can tackle anything. It was a fantastic experience that I can't wait to repeat." from Celeste, 2012 - Inspiration Outdoors

"This section of the Bib is magnificently pristine and one feels so far from everything and everybody. We met less than a dozen other people on the whole track. The coastal scenery was wonderful and we were delighted by the colours of the forests - the buttery yellows of the Karri trunks, and the bright reds and oranges of the fungi. The botanical diversity of the coastal vegetation was amazing and delightful, and renewed our interest in our garden at home." from Jill and Terry Harvey, 2013

Virtual Tour


by jacko1956oz

Here is a video from one of the hikers who took on the whole of the Bibbulmun track - a journey of almost sixty days and almost 1000 kilometres summarized in a seven minute video presentation with nice outback music.

For more information regarding Bibbulmun Track, visit their official website here.

Photo courtesy from Flick by Duncan C-R