• Length: 1000km

  • Duration: 50 days

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Kalamunda

  • End: Albany

  • Closest Town: Kalamunda

  • Location: South West Region

  • Distance from state capital:

  • State: WA

  • Latitude: -31.973175

  • Longitude: 116.060667

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Bibbulmun Track is a 1000km, grade 4 One Way hike located in South West Region Western Australia. The hike should take approximately 50 days to complete.

Summary

The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda, a suburb in the hills on the outskirts of Perth, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. It passes through the heart of the scenic south west of Western Australia.

The Track is for walkers only and is signposted with yellow triangular markers symbolising the Waugal, the rainbow serpent of the Aboriginal Dreaming. For more information about the Nyoongar culture please see the various Along the Track pages and visit Nyoongar Knowledge. Trail markers are spaced up to 500m apart. They are more frequent when there is an intersection with other tracks or when the Track takes a turn.

The Track takes walkers through towering karri and tingle forests, down mist-shrouded valleys, over giant granite boulders and along breathtaking coastal heathlands. It passes through many of the most beautiful national parks of the south west forests and coastline.

The Track passes through 22 national parks and other reserves. The northern half of the Track is home to large jarrah, marri and wandoo forests only found in this part of Western Australia, while the southern half features ancient karri and tingle forests opening onto the Southern Ocean for spectacular coastal walking where whales can be sighted between June and October.  The award-winning Track also links some of the State’s most scenic and popular attractions including Mundaring Weir, the Gloucester Tree, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, and Mandalay Beach.

The Bibbulmun Track offers a wide range of experiences, from a gentle stroll to enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural environment, to an epic eight week adventure. Those that walk every step of the way can be registered as end-to-enders.

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You can make it a wilderness experience by camping out, you can join a guided group, a tour, or you can do it in comfort by staying in the towns along the Track and enjoying day walks in the area. The Track passes through Dwellingup, Collie, Balingup, Donnelly River Village, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole, Peaceful Bay and Denmark.

The Bibbulmun Track is essentially a linear walk; you will need to do some planning if you don’t want to retrace your steps. This might involve arranging a car shuffle, swapping keys as two groups meet at a campsite, or having someone drop you off and collect you at the other end. Many of the Track Towns are accessible by public transport. See the Section by Section Guide for more details on getting there.

Getting there

Start Point: Multiple access points. The Northern Terminus is at Kalamunda, 24km (30 minutes) east of Perth

Located in the Perth hills, Kalamunda is the starting point for walkers heading south. The Perth Hills Visitor Centre is located in the Zig Zag Cultural Centre, 50 Railway Rd Kalamunda. The centre provides information on coming events, tours, accommodation, restaurants, natural attractions and things to see and do in the Shire. The friendly volunteer staff can provide you with helpful advice.

End Point: The Southern Terminus is near the Albany Visitor Information Centre. Albany is 418km (4.5hrs) south of Perth.

Tips

  • It is not possible to walk consecutive sections of the Track as day walks or to do it staying in accommodation each night. Some sections have many days between permitted access points (up to four days) and long distances between towns (the longest being 12 days).
  • In addition, there are several facilities designed to enhance the walker’s experience. Boardwalks, well positioned lookouts and footbridges all form part of the trail.
  • The best times to walk the Track are in autumn (April to May), winter (June to August) and indeed spring (September to mid-November), our wildflower season. On cooler days, walking during summer is possible but should be restricted to the karri forest around Pemberton.
  • Walkers should visit the FAQs and the Trip Planner pages before walking the Track for the first time and then check the Track Conditions prior to every walk. Sections may have diversions or closures which may affect the best plans.

 

Total distance: 957613 m
Max elevation: 571 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 18485 m
Total descent: -18769 m
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For more information on the Bibbulmun Track please visit ‘Walk the Bibbulmun Track