The Bibbulmun Track
A world-renowned 1000km walking trail showing off Australia’s west coast wilderness at its best! The Bibbulmun Track, also referred to as ‘the Bib’ is considered one of Australia’s best long-distance hikes and offers a world-class walking experience.
If you don’t think Australia has iconic multi-day walks (and we’re talking up to eight weeks!) think again. The Bibbulmun Track covers some 1000km of Western Australia, launching some 24km east of Perth, and introducing walkers to the Jarrah, Karri and Wandoo forests that will punctuate this walk. It’s a walk along rivers, through small towns, down to the ocean, with wind farms, swimming spots and stunning west coast scenery.
The name ‘Bibbulmun’ originates from a subgroup of the Indigenous Noongar people of the area who used to walk long distances throughout the region for ceremonial purposes. Covering an official length of 1003km, the track begins in the town of Kalamunda, an eastern suburb of Perth, and finishes in the historic town of Albany, on the southern tip of Western Australia. The trail winds its way through the South West region of Western Australia, taking hikers through more than 20 national parks and reserves. What better way to discover Western Australia than walking it.
Get ready for
- Exposure to the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots
- Towering Jarrah, Karri and Tingle forests
- A plethora of native mammals, reptiles and birdlife
- Well-equipped campsites with shelters, toilets and water facilities
- Sweeping cliff top vistas of the wild Southern Ocean and some of the finest coastal walking in the country
- Wonderful wildflower displays
- Good old-fashioned country hospitality from locals at the charming, historical track towns along the way
- Southern right whale sightings from June to September
- Giving yourself a massive pat on the back when you make it to Albany!
Our Independent Adventures range begins with trip departures from 4th January 2021
On the trail
Being a long distance track covering just over 1000km the terrain you will experience is varied but mostly not difficult for the average hiker. You can expect some big hills (though no mountains), lots of forest walking, long beach stretches as well as a few inlets to negotiate. There are triangular trail markers along the way to show the route.
Triangle yellow signs displaying the Waugal, a depiction of rainbow serpent of Aboriginal Dreaming, are the track markers along the Bibbulmun Track. Waugual means soul, spirit or breath – an apt name. Markers can be found at least every 500m, even more at junction points or where the track is passing over a different trail. Navigation on the track is fairly straight-forward as the trail is well marked however you should be able to read a map and be comfortable using a compass.
The Bibbulmun Track
Forest walking through a mix of Jarrah, Marri and Wandoo trees followed by more open woodlands in Monadnocks Conservation Park. At 582m, Mt Cooke is the highest point in this section. After Mt Cooke, expect extensive but flat woodlands. There’s a strenuous but short climb to the top of Boonerring Hill, where you’ll be rewarded by great views. From Mt Wells follow a rail line (from timber milling days) for 15km through mixed forest.
Some flat, easy walking along old rail formations contrasted with some steep hills of the Murray River Valley. The track follows the river on this section for a good 50km. Travelling through the Lane Poole Reserve you’ll encounter a mix of forested valleys and meandering streams. The track then travels over the river on a suspension bridge under the Worsley Alumina conveyor. Continue through swamp areas, old growth jarrah forest and sandy flats through to the Harris Dam. A spur trail leads into Collie.
Walk the spur trail out of Collie to the Mungalup Dam (no swimming allowed here) then through Wellington Forest – Jarrah, Marri and Blackbutt trees. Walk across the Glen Meryvn Dam wall (swimming allowed here) then through the small township of Mumballup. A steep climb takes you into the Noggerup Conservation Park, travelling through ancient forest including incredible stands of virgin Jarrah forest as well as recently logged forest areas. It’s a steep descent into the Balingup Brook Valley.
Start through the Golden Valley Tree Park, which showcases an impressive variety of Oak, Poplar, Elm and various fruit trees intermingled with a huge variety of Australian native and exotic trees. Climb to the rim of the Blackwood Valley (known as ‘cardiac hill’) for incredible views of surrounding forests and farmlands. Enjoy Jarrah, Yarri and later Karri forest (with trees up to 90m high). Walk trails of old timber railways though forest landscapes.
Follow the Donnelly River Valley for a long way. There are more difficult hill climbs and some of the most impressive Karri forests in the region. Despite challenging hills there is also some easier walking along old rail lines. You’ll find waterfalls at Carey Brook and later at Beedelup Falls, then pass through the Big Brook Dam.
A short and quick section with walking through virgin Karri forest, tougher ascents and descents through the Warren River Valley (you’ll cross an old railway trestle bridge). Through the Gardner River valley you’ll transition from forest to low shrubland and deep sandy flats and farmland.
One of the longest sections, through some very remote areas. Varied vegetation from dense woodlands of Karri, Jarrah, Paperbark to low lying shrubs and swampy marsh (waterproof shoes/gaiters a good idea here). You’ll see granite outcrops of variable size through the Pingerup Plains and Woolbale Hills through to flattening terrain. Heading to Walpole, coastal terrain prevails with cliffs, bluffs, beach stretches and a beautiful forest of grass trees.
A section with the best variety of landscapes, scenery and plantlife, from forest to long beach stretches to wetlands and heathlands. Giant ancient Tingle trees, endemic to the area, are a particular treat, as is the unique King Ausralis, a distance relative of the grass tree. Head down to the Frankland River and ascend to the Valley of the GIants Tree Top Walk with views over the forest canopy. Pass through woods of red gums and then head on to the beach, with a steep cliff-top climb before reaching Peaceful Bay. There are two inlets to negotiate and two long and sometimes challenging stretches of soft sand beach with steep dunes.
Spectacular and uninterrupted coastal scenes aplenty. Start by winding through Paperbark woods then head into the West Cape Howe National Park with another two inlets (Wilson Inlet and Torbay Inlet) to negotiate; planning required. Beautiful but long and sometimes challenging stretches of beach walking. Coastal cliff walk along boardwalks adjacent to majestic wind farms. Descend from coastal dunes to a foreshore pathway into Albany.
This is the end point of the Bibbulmun Track (finally!) when walking north to south and an important cultural hub of the southwest. Albany is definitely worth an extra few nights to explore after walking the Bibbulmun Track.
Explore the Bibbulmun Track
Duration: 56–60 days
Route type: Linear trail
Start: The Northern Terminus, Kalamunda
End: The Southern Terminus, near the Albany Visitor Information Centre
Location: Kalamunda to Albany
Closest towns: Kalamunda, Dwellingup, Collie, Balingup, Donnelly River Village, Pemberton,
Northcliffe, Walpole, Peaceful Bay, Denmark, Albany
- Our detailed guide to hiking the entire Bibbulmun Track – contains all the essential information you need to know in advance
- 60 days worth of food for your adventure; breakfast, lunch and dinner each day – delivered straight to your home and your nominated collection points such as local post offices – additional delivery charges of $35 apply for each location additional to your home.
- Our own range of Lightweight, highly nutritious meals that are locally sourced, delicious and easy to carry & cook ( freeze dried and dehydrated)
- Our ‘state of the art’ Navigation app to guide you on the track; showing huts, campsites and all points of Interest along the way
- Delivery to your door* of our ‘Adventure in a box’ food parcel
- Our ‘Get fit for hiking’ e-guide for backpacking adventures
- 10% GST included
* Additional $35 delivery charge for locations in NT, WA and Northern Queensland
- Transfers or transport to Kalamunda / Albany
- No equipment included
Our essential information guides give you everything you need to know – and none of the information you don’t – to prepare well for one of these hikes. We cover off all transport and transfers with contacts, full equipment lists tailored to each walk, and safety factors to consider that can be unique to each track. We give you the information you need to know about water and where the best accommodation is before and after your trip, plus overviews of Aboriginal & European history and wildlife you can expect to encounter.
It saves countless hours of trawling through websites, guidebooks and forums to get to the essential information you need to know, so you don’t forget to factor in anything for your adventure.
Finding your way
Our unique RAW Travel walking app has been designed to help you navigate easily on the trail. Simply download your map with the link we send you and you’ll be able to follow your route with ease, showing your location in real time without any internet connection needed. The app has many great features; it shows you weather forecasts localised for each of your overnight stops, detailed information on each campsite/ hut and what facilities are available there so you don’t need to carry our trail guide. There are important reminders, safety information, videos and emergency contact information for your route. It also has a unique audio feature that can tell you about places and points of interest as you approach them on the trail.
Need to Know
We classify this as a moderate -challenging walk – the terrain is moderate with no significant hills or mountains but teh challenge comes with walking so many successive days of the track. To undertake a long distance walk like this you should have a good level of fitness and confidence, and have previous experience in carrying a pack on multi-day trips. The trail is quite isolated in parts and so you need to be self-reliant and confident in your abilities to navigate and your physical and mental stamina to undertake such a long walk.
Yes. The Bibbulmun Track Foundation, in Perth has some equipment for hire.
Kalamunda, the starting point of the track (north to south) is easily accessible from Perth’s airport (15 minutes) and CBD (30 minutes) by taxi or ride sharing services such as DiDi, Ola or Uber. Transperth bus route #296 operates regular daily services between Perth and the Northern Terminus in Kalamunda.
Albany, the end point of the track (North to South), is connected to Perth by bus and flight.
TransWA regional bus services operate from Albany to Perth via Bunbury, Walpole or Williams and Kojonup daily and the trip takes around 6 hours. See timetables at:
Independent adventures place you at the centre of the experience, giving you the confidence to be a self-reliant walker on the trail. We take care of the research needed and give you all the essential information relating to the trip ( a task that seasoned walkers can tell you often takes many hours to get the correct information) so you can be thoroughly prepared and confident that you have everything you need for your adventure. We give you all the contacts & details to nearby transportation, accommodation and hire services, highlight any risks to be aware of and how to mitigate them.
The food prep is a major hassle of many hikers trips and we solve that for you. We prepare all the food that you need for your trip, all pre-measured and dehydrated / freeze dried to take away the weight but keep the freshness. Our meals are reviewed by Nutritionists to provide the right daily nutrition and energy for your demands of the walk. And our ingredients are prepared from the best local ingredients here on the Mornington Peninsula, cooked to order and freeze dried fresh – not sitting on a shelf for years at a time!
Once you arrive at the trail it’s all over to you the adventure begins! You are free and independent to create your own experience the way you want it. We provide you with an app to help you navigate in real time on the trail and give you the campsite locations and points of interest but you are completely autonomous & self – supporting on the walk. These trips are best suited to people who relish that sense of liberation and freedom that comes with being self-reliant and don’t need the back up of a leader or group travel. Independent Adventures are different from our other self – guided walking trips as there are no briefings, transfers or local support from RAW Travel staff. It’s just you and nature out on the trail!
If you are an experienced and confident walker then yes, but not recommended for a beginner to walk solo due to the isolation and physical challenge involved. Solo walkers should carry a PLB for safety and check in with family / friends regularly so people are updated of your whereabouts.
Campsites along the track do not require pre-booking or payment – they operate on a first- come first-service basis.
There are 49 campsites in total along the track. These have three-sided sleeping shelters (with sleeping platforms) and are equipped with water tanks and composting toilets. Many on the northern sections also have a fire pit (but not in the south due to increased fire risk). Fuel stoves are always a must-have. The average distance between campsites range from 20–25km.
Campfire bans are in place along the track from the beginning of summer until mid April which means you will need to carry your own fuel stove to cook your meals. It’s important to note though that during total fire ban periods stoves are not allowed to be lit.
Between April to mid-November is considered the best time to walk the track as these cooler months provide more temperate hiking conditions. Summer months should be avoided. The track travels through several climate zones, so there are no ‘average’ climate conditions. Generally speaking, however, South West Western Australia has a Mediterranean style climate with hot, dry summers and milder, wet winters.
Spring and autumn
The most popular time with the best walking conditions. Spring is the peak time for viewing wildflowers, from September through to mid-November, with the season usually beginning around August (in the north) and blooms appearing slightly later as you move south. Many of the wildflowers along the track are endemic to different subregions of the track so the flowering time and seasonality does vary.
Fewer people embark on the track in winter, which means more chance of getting space at campsites, cooler temperatures for long hikes, less insects and snakes, but more rain and the need to rug up at night. Generally the highest levels of rainfall are experienced in June and August with the coldest nighttime temperatures usually occurring at the end of winter and into the start of spring.
It is highly recommended you avoid walking the track in the summer months, from late November to March, due to hot, dry heat and extreme risk of bushfires
Social and environmental
All our adventures are fully carbon offset so that you know your travel has minimal impacts. Hiking itself is a low impact activity but we offset the cost of all our office operations and food production as well, so you can be satisfied that you have chosen a form of travel that is both good for you and good for the planet. Each year we also plant trees on behalf of every customer who has travelled with us, aiming to build towards a carbon positive effect with our operations.
As a B-Corp a focus on local community is an important part of who we are. We are committed to buying locally and source our produce from growers here on the Mornington Peninsula. We care about people in our community and for every meal pack you buy with us we donate a meal to a homeless support charity, to spread some love and share good food with those who need it most.
TRIP date selection
when would you like to travel?
Please select your preferred dates for on-demand trips or select a scheduled date for group departures. If you have booked a self-guided trip please understand that because your trip date is on demand and we must check availability of all properties on your chosen dates before it can be fully confirmed