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|Your next adventure:||Bibbulmun Track|
|Where in the world?||Western Australia|
Tramping, Hiking, Walking|
|Difficulty:||A medium level of fitness and some preparation is required. As with any hike the best preparation is walking and ideally with a
bigger than average pack (20kg) and definitely with some major uphill sections. In addition undertake
a few overnight hikes in preparation. |
|How long, how far?||Nearly 1000kms, up to 60 days|
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walking trails. The track passes through the heart of the scenic south west of Western Australia; down mist-shrouded valleys, over giant granite boulders and along breathtaking coastal heathlands.
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walking trails, stretching nearly 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. Walkers will experience 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.
To walk the entire Bibbulmun track will take 60 days, however, there are other alternative shorter walks available. The Bibbulmun Track caters for everyone and every experience level from a gentle stroll to an eight week adventure. You can make it more of a wilderness experience by camping out, you can join a guided group, or you can explore the track in comfort using the varied accommodation in the towns along the way.
The Bibbulmun Track is essentially a linear walk; you will need to do some planning if you don't want to retrace your steps. 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).
Spring is a good to time walk to the Bibbulmun Track, the flowers are in full display and you’ll have comfortable walking conditions. Winter can be cold, but the walking during the day will be pleasant. However, nights can get down to zero, especially away from the coast. The only time to avoid walking the track is during summer, as the temperatures can soar in the West Australian bush.
Take in all the sites - The terrain is remarkably diverse, huge Karri trees, the majestic and unique Tingle trees, rolling hills, remote farms, swift rivers, the wild Southern Ocean, expansive estuaries and quaint towns and villages all contribute to spectacular vistas along the track.
But the main aspect of this Track is the immersion of yourself into the days and weeks of the long distance dream.
Mike Wood for writing this article for us. Mike has been part of the Mountain Designs community for many years. He is also an avid adventurer who has previously trekked the entire length of the Bibbulum track. In addition, he has explored some of the world’s toughest terrain such as the rapids in the Himalaya, adventuring in Antarctica and led trekking adventures in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.
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