Australia’s South West walking tour

Guided tour taking in the best walks on the Cape to Cape Track, Bibbulmun Track and the South West of Australia$2,585 – 9 days ex Perth, moderate terrain

The south west corner of Western Australia is home to some of Australia’s most magnificent forests, pristine beaches and rugged natural scenery. It is also home to some of this country’s best walking trails. Join our Australia’s South West walking tour for an intimate view of this wonderful region.

This nine day tour captures the best of Australia’s South West’s iconic walking trails – the Bibbulmun Track and the Cape to Cape Track. Walking between 10 and 16 kilometres each day, the walks range from easy to more challenging.

Each day you’ll head out on a fabulous walk then return to comfortable accommodation each afternoon. In the evening, relax with fellow walkers as you meals are prepared by your professional guides. It is a perfect blend of activity and rest in a stunning landscape and the ultimate way to really experience the diverse beauty of this unique south west.

This tour is available for private groups of four or more people or see our scheduled departures on the right of this page.

Tour Length:
9 Days starting and finishing in Perth
Distance walked:
107 km, Over 9 days
Difficulty:
Easy/Moderate; See FAQ
Dates:
3 – 11. Oct 2017
18 – 26. Sep 2018
17 – 25. Oct 2018

Highlights of this walk

Experience breathtaking views along the Margaret River and southern coastlines. Walk along pristine white sand beaches and over ancient granite headlands, contrasted against the turquoise ocean beyond. Enjoy walks among the giant trees of the cool and quiet southern forests.

Walking Tour Itinerary

Your hosts will guide you through the natural wonders of the south-west, enhancing your understanding of the nature and history of the areas you visit; making sure that everything goes smoothly. Each night we return to comfortable accommodation to enjoy a shower, a delicious dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 1 - Cape to Cape Track, Smiths Beach to Wyadup

Day 1 – Cape to Cape Track, Smiths Beach to Wyadup

7 km

Departing from Perth, we head south to the Cape to Cape Track. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the picturesque seaside town of Yallingup before we start our short but spectacular walk.

There are a few rocky and hilly challenges early on but the deeply dissected red granite boulders and the turquoise oceans beyond are worth the effort. After a full day, we head to our accommodation in Margaret River.

Note: As we walk on the first afternoon, you will need to wear your walking clothes on the bus and have your day pack (water, camera etc) ready to go.

Day 2 - Cape to Cape Track, Moses Rock to Gracetown

Day 2 – Cape to Cape Track, Moses Rock to Gracetown

16 km

Today’s 16 km walk on the Cape to Cape Track is relatively easy. Walk along cliff-tops, with sweeping views along the coast; descend onto splendid beaches, and watch the world-class surf rolling in. Get up close and personal with the massive red granite outcrops and boulders that typify the Western Australian coastline.

The day’s walk finishes in Gracetown – where the sheltered bay is perfect for a refreshing swim to rejuvenate those tired muscles.

Day 3 - Cape to Cape Track, Redgate Beach to Boranup Forest

Day 3 – Cape to Cape Track, Redgate Beach to Boranup Forest

14 km

Today is our final day on the Cape to Cape Track and it’s certainly a highlight! On today’s 14 kilometre walk you will enjoy the fascinating Bob’s Hollow, breathtaking cliff-top views of the coast near Cape Freycinet, and a walk through the cool and peaceful Boranup karri forest.

This afternoon we’ll visit one of the many excellent Margaret River wineries for a tasting or two.

Day 4 - Bibbulmun Track, Pemberton

Day 4 – Bibbulmun Track, Pemberton

7 km

It’s time to say goodbye to the Margaret River Region and head to Walpole for the next stage of our south west adventure.

On the way to Walpole, we’ll stop in at Pemberton and have a 7 km walk in the heart of the forest. Brave souls can climb the rungs of the 72 metre high Gloucester Tree for a view over the forest canopy.

Day 5 - boat cruise and Bibbulmun Track walk, Walpole

Day 5 – boat cruise and Bibbulmun Track walk, Walpole

10 km

Take an early morning wander through town or have a sleep-in before we head out at 10 am to join a WOW Wilderness Eco-cruise on the beautiful Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. This excellent guided cruise will give you a fascinating (and often hilarious) insight into the local history and ecology of the area.

After lunch, enjoy a great 10 kilometre walk on the Bibbulmun Track west of Walpole. You’ll start at the Giant Tingle Tree and head down through the forest, to emerge beside the inlet. From there it’s an easy walk right into our accommodation.

Day 6 - Bibbulmun Track, Conspicuous Cliffs to Peaceful Bay

Day 6 – Bibbulmun Track, Conspicuous Cliffs to Peaceful Bay

16 km

Today we experience another fabulous 16 kilometre section of the Bibbulmun Track. Starting from Conspicuous Beach we first ascend to the Rame Head Campsite, enjoying the exercise and the spectacular coastal and inland views.

Thereafter it’s an easy walk through inland heath back to the coast and a lovely walk, with great coastal views, around the coast and into Peaceful Bay. If the weather is nice we’ll have a refreshing swim at Peaceful Bay before heading back to our accommodation in Walpole.

Day 7 - Bibbulmun Track, Mt Hallowell to Greens Pool

Day 7 – Bibbulmun Track, Mt Hallowell to Greens Pool

13 km

We start our 13 kilometre walk with an ascent up and over Mt Hallowell, with amazing boulder formations and spectacular views over the Denmark area and coast. We pass through Lights Beach and then on to Tower Hill where we encounter some amazing granite boulders.

We’ll finish at the delightful pools and rock formations at Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks where you can take a swim in the cold but sheltered waters.

Day 8 - Bald Head walk

Day 8 – Bald Head walk

15 km return

This is a challenging but spectacular return walk along a Flinders Peninsular to the eastern-most point of Torndirrup National Park.  It offers outstanding views, with King George Sound on one side and the Southern Ocean on the other.

Note: If the weather is very rough we will complete a more protected section of the Bibbulmun Track instead as this walk is very exposed and should not be done in stormy weather. 

Day 9 - Return to Perth plus short Jarrah forest walk

Day 9 – Return to Perth plus short Jarrah forest walk

4km

With a heavy heart we will leave the southern coast this morning and head north back towards Perth. Early October in the south west means wildflowers so we will stop for a short walk in the jarrah forests near Perth as we make our way back to the city. Jarrah forests are renowned for their diversity of wildflowers. Depending on the energy of group, we might take an easy stroll or if we are more energetic we climb to the summit of Mt Vincent (approx 2 hrs return). After our walk, we will continue on to the city arriving at around 5pm.

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

We utilise various accommodation providers in the southwest depending on your group’s needs and accommodation availability. Comfortable, self contained, lodge or chalet style accommodation in Margaret River (3 nights), Walpole (3 nights) and Albany (2 nights) allows us to explore the region without having the hassle of packing up and moving each day.

What to bring

Recommended clothing/equipment

  • Day-pack – one with a waist strap is best to help distribute the weight from your shoulders. A waterproof cover or a bin bag to wrap your belongings in is a good idea too
  • Shorts/long pants and shirts for walking – lightweight and quick dry material is best
  • Socks – whichever thickness you’re comfortable walking in and as many pairs as you like
  • Boots/shoes for walking (make sure you wear them in well)
  • Windcheater or lightweight jumper for walking
  • Waterproof jacket and (possibly) pants*
  • Sun protection – hat, sun glasses, sun cream
  • Comfortable clothes for evenings – warm pants, jumper, shoes, thongs (and comfy slippers!)
  • Torch/headlamp
  • Personal first aid supplies such as your favourite blister treatment (The leader will carry a full first-aid kit)
  • Water bottle/s – 2 litre capacity
  • A lunch container (with small freezer brick if desired)

Optional items

  • Snacks for the walk (we provide morning tea and fruit)
  • Fly net (especially for trips in early summer)
  • Camera and charger
  • Gaiters for snake bite protection are recommended unless you wear long pants and socks
  • Robust sandals for wading/beach sections
  • Bathers and small beach towel
  • Walking poles

*You have to expect some bad weather at any time of the year down here so bring we weather gear even if the forecast is fine.

Food

All meals are included, with the exception of lunch on the last day, when you can pick something up on the drive back to Perth.

Breakfast comprises cereal, fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads. There is also juice, a variety of teas and freshly brewed coffee.

Lunch is self-made from supplied breads, salads and meats. On some days, the bus will bring us lunch on the track.

Dinners are delicious two course meals. On some nights your guides will prepare the dinner and on others we will visit a local establishment for dinner. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Each day we provide tea, coffee and home-made cake for morning tea. Fruit is also available for snacks. You’re welcome to bring additional snacks (e.g. muesli bars, nuts) if you feel you need them. There will be time for you to purchase additional supplies and alcohol throughout the tour.

Your out of pocket expenses for this trip include lunch on the last day, snacks if you need them and alcohol.

Transport

Transport is via an air-conditioned coaster bus. The bus will take us down from Perth and back, and transport us to and from the walks each day.

This walk includes

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All meals, homemade from the best ingredients

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy healthy breakfasts, delicious home-made morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and hearty two course dinners each day.

All transport via air-conditioned bus, departing from and returning to Perth

Central pick-up points in Fremantle and Perth CBD. Transport each day to and from the track.

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Comfortable accommodation throughout the south west

Delicious two-course dinners each evening

Whether we use a local caterer or cook for you ourselves, our food promises a delicious and satisfying end to the day.

Professional guiding and support from local guides

We go the extra mile to make sure your tour will be memorable. We guide you on each walk, tell stories about the surroundings and make sure you return home feeling better than ever.

About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well – you’re on holiday after all and Emily bakes a mean cake. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with a slice of home-made cake for morning tea, and fresh healthy lunches, surrounded by nature. Finish each day with a delicious, nutritious dinner with the group.

What people have said

A fabulous tour. Every day we experienced something different. I was able to do things and go places that I could not have done on my own, and felt well looked after.
When asked which walk I enjoyed most I could not pick one, as each day brought something new and spectacular.

Helen, Tasmania’s Best Day Walks 2017

The Kimberley is an amazing & beautiful part of Australia and this trip not only took us to some of the iconic locations but also to some gorgeous little hidden gems that many people might just drive straight past. The trip is so well organised, and the guides are really knowledgeable and fun. The food is gourmet camp cooking with flare… who would have thought that the best best roast lamb and vegies you’ve ever eaten would be cooked in camp oven?! Thanks everyone.

Dayle, Kimberley 2016

Pricing

AUD $2,585 per person (single supplement $450)

You can reserve your place with a $350 deposit.

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Our number one priority at Inspiration Outdoors is to ensure our guests have a great experience on EVERY tour.

We can't guarantee the weather, bush fires or events beyond our control, but we do guarantee that:
– your guides are professional, friendly and hard working.
– your itinerary is well organised and thought out.
– the particulars of your tour (accommodation, transport, food etc) are as described on the website and in the tour notes.

We stand behind our guarantees. If you come on a tour with Inspiration Outdoors and we do not fulfil these promises, we will give you your money back.

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What happens after I book?

After you have paid a deposit and filled in a registration form, we will send you any extra information you may need, including a list of what to bring and how best to prepare for the tour.

Payment in full is required at least six weeks prior to the tour (bookings can still be made within six weeks of tour start date if there are places available). We will email or call you to remind you when this is due.

Finally, we will contact you prior to your tour to confirm pick-up times and locations. If you have any questions or concerns at all before or after you have booked, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can go through them with you.

What are my payment options?

Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
  • Cheque
  • Credit card

Can I cancel my booking?

We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
  • 6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost
  • 2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 2 weeks: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.