Walking around Western Australia

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Bibbulman Track courtesy of Tourism Western Tustralia

Bibbulman Track courtesy of Tourism Western Tustralia

Everyone is aware of how big Australia is so walking tours outside the major cities would seem something you would forget about.
But Western Australian – the largest state in terms of geography – has been actively promoting walking holidays. Would you for example really fancy the 1,000 kilometre Bibbulmun Track? Not me, but thousands do and, as a result, tour operators are falling over themselves to offer holidays that include the Bibbulmun as well as walking holidays along the Pilbara region in the north west, into the Boranup Forest and trekking  through the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park to name but three.

The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walking trails, stretching from Kalamunda, in the Perth hills, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast.  Perth being the capital of the state is the place into which most visitors will fly into making this track one of the most accessible for visitors on a tight agenda. The trail passes through the heart of Australia’s scenic south west, through karri and tingle forests, down mist-shrouded valleys, over granite boulders and along coastal heath lands. At present it it isn’t possible to walk the whole length because of recent fires but all should be open from June onwards. It is suggested you allow six weekes to walk the entire length.

The Pilbara covers a huge expanse so walking tours tend to concentrate on certain parts of the landscape such as the Karijini and Chichester ranges. This moderate to challenging graded trek traverses though ancient iron-rich ranges, dramatic gorges, past unique flora and across vivid red earth into the heart of the Pilbara.

In the south of the state, there are treks available along the cape to Cape Track. You can opt for a basic trek but for those in need of pampering after a day’s walking then there is some pretty luxurious accommodation along the way and tour operators cater for both choices as well as in-between. By the way, there are some vineyards in this part so many tours involve a visit and, of course, a sampling!

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