Bibbulmun Track – Albany to Denmark

7 day guided walking tour along the southern section of the Bibbulmun Track. The scenery & spring wildflowers are spectuclar! $1,900pp – 7 Days ex Perth, easy terrain, 78km

This stretch of the Bibbulmun Track follows the magnificent southern coastline from Albany to Denmark. The rugged coastal scenery and spring wildflowers on this section of the Bibbulmun Track are some of the best in the whole of Western Australia!

This relaxing escape offers the perfect blend of activity and rest. Most of the walks are fairly easy, ranging from 13 to 19 km per day. But there are some steep sections and some beach walking, just to keep it interesting!

You’ll have time on some afternoons to enjoy the lovely town of Denmark or simply enjoy the serenity of the forest chalets. The Albany to Denmark section of the Bibbulmun Track is a popular walk for wildflower enthusiasts and those looking for an active, but relaxing, escape.

NO CAMPING OR HEAVY BACKPACKS. Return to comfortable accommodation each day.

Tour Length:
7 Days, start/ finish in Perth. $1,900pp
Distance walked:
78 km, Over 5.5 days
Difficulty:
Easy/Moderate; See FAQ
Dates:
20 – 26. Mar 2018
3 – 9. Oct 2018
19 – 25. Oct 2018

Highlights of this walk

Complete a great section of the Bibbulmun Track, with beautiful wildflowers (in spring), awe inspiring coastal scenery and great company. There’s plenty of walking but also time to relax in the afternoons.

Walking Tour Itinerary

A guide will accompany you on each day’s Bibbulmun Track walk. The total distance is approximately 80 km. Each day we will resume the walk from where we finished the previous day.
The walking is fairly easy, with distances between 13 and 19 km per day. By carrying only a day-pack, people with a moderate level of fitness will be able to complete the walk. There are some steep sections and some beach walking though, so we recommend that you do some training first. Preparation always makes the experience more enjoyable. Excellent food, comfortable accommodation and knowledgeable guides will complement your trip.

The following plan may alter depending on local conditions and weather.

Day 1: Drive Perth to Denmark + 4.5 km walk

Day 1: Drive Perth to Denmark + 4.5 km walk

After our drive south, we will have a lovely 4.5 km walk around the Denmark River to stretch the legs before heading to our accommodation at the Cove.

Once you’re settled in, you can enjoy a stroll around the forested property or a wine on the balcony before dinner.

Day 2: Albany to Wind Farm

Day 2: Albany to Wind Farm

15 km

We start in Albany at the Southern Terminus of the Bibbulmun Track. After a stroll through the streets of Albany we follow alongside Princess Royal Harbour before entering Torndirrup National Park and heading for the coast.

Look out for orchids along the sandy track up to the ridge, and there are some great views back over Albany town. After lunch you’ll start to get some views of the Southern Ocean as we make our way toward the wind farm. Views along the cliffs here are spectacular!

Day 3: Sand Patch Rd to Mutton Bird Rd

Day 3: Sand Patch Rd to Mutton Bird Rd

13 km

From the cliff-side wind turbines, we head west along the Bibbulmun Track with beautiful sweeping views of the coast. The wildflowers along this section are usually spectacular and the walking is fairly easy.

We finish at a lovely coastal bay with views of Shelter Island a great place for a swim, or just to cool off your feet.

Day 4: Mutton Bird Rd to Shelley Beach

Day 4: Mutton Bird Rd to Shelley Beach

13 km

We start with a beach walk and cross the Torbay Inlet by foot*. Let your mind wander on the lovely 6 km beach walk into Cosy Corner where we’ll have some morning tea.

After morning tea we head up through some interesting and varied environments. We walk through peaceful groves of trees; over granite outcrops with their sticky tail flowers on display; and we are treated to million dollar coastal views. Our walk ends at Shelley Beach where we might glimpse a hang glider soaring above the white sand beach.

At this time of year a sandbar has usually formed over the mouth of the inlet but we may have to wade. It may be ankle to thigh deep. If the flow is too fast or the water too deep, we will walk an alternative route.

Day 5: Shelley Beach to Lowlands

Day 5: Shelley Beach to Lowlands

18 km

Today’s walk is mostly within the spectacular West Cape Howe National Park, accompanied by a profusion of wildflowers.

There is a bit of up-hill walking early on especially one section with many stairs! After that it’s fairly easy walking. We visit the West Cape Howe campsite, then it’s all downhill to finish the day at the beautiful Lowlands Beach. Take a dip or just sit and take it all in.

Day 6: Lowlands to Eden Rd

Day 6: Lowlands to Eden Rd

19 km

Expect some great scenery today as we alternate between coastal and inland views. We will pass through the Nullaki campsite and then it’s an easy walk out to the peaceful Wilson Inlet.

We finish our walk in a cosy grove alongside the Inlet and celebrate a great week’s walk on the Bibbulmun Track.

Day 7: Greens Pool + drive Denmark to Perth

Day 7: Greens Pool + drive Denmark to Perth

Before we head back to Perth today you have the option of heading into Denmark for a wander around or come out to Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks – two of the most scenic beaches in Australia. Reflect on your achievement this week as you sip on a coffee or take in the sights.

Pick up some take-away lunch from one of the shops in Denmark (own expense) before we head back home. We will be back in Perth by late afternoon.

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

Accommodation

The Cove, on the outskirts of Denmark, will be our home away from home for the week. The Cove is situated on 24 hectares of beautiful karri and jarrah forest, right on the Wilson Inlet. Each handcrafted chalet contains a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, one or two bathrooms, and a washing machine. Due to the limited amount of accommodation available, it is not usually possible to offer single rooms.

There is poor mobile reception at the Cove, although it is available about 200 metres up the road. There is a public phone for emergencies only. The phone number of the owners (for urgent messages) is (08) 9848 1770.

What to bring

We will send you a complete list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book. Please note you do not need to bring bath towels or linen. There is plenty of time to pick up extra supplies and alcohol during the week.

Food

All Inspiration Outdoors tours provide an excellent standard of catering. Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit, yogurt and toast, with juice, a variety of teas and fresh brewed coffee. You will pack your lunch each day from a selection of salads, meats, cheese, spreads and bread, which your guides lay out for you and prepare fresh each day. In the evenings your guides will prepare some nibbles which you can enjoy while dinner is being prepared. Dinner is a delicious and nutritious two course home-prepared meal.

Each day your guide will carry tea, coffee and a home-made cake for morning tea. Fruit is also available for you to take with you.

Feel free to bring additional snacks (e.g. muesli bars) if you feel you need them. And you are welcome bring alcohol or purchase it when we get down to Denmark. There will be plenty of time for you to purchase additional supplies during the week.

All meals are included, with the exception of lunch on the last day, when you can purchase a take away lunch, choosing from a wide variety of options in Denmark. Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book – we are happy to adapt our menu to a variety of dietary needs. Assistance is always appreciated with clearing away and washing up.

Transport

We use a well serviced and maintained air-conditioned minibus to drive from Perth to Denmark and back, and to and from the Bibbulmun Track each day. As the transport from Perth is provided at no additional charge, discounts cannot be offered if walkers choose to find their own way to Denmark.

Albany to Denmark Tour FAQs

Can I drive my own car down to Denmark?

Yes, we will arrange a time and a place to meet you on the first day of the tour.

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What is the accommodation like?

We use as couple of accommodation providers depending on availability and the size of the group. When we are sourcing accommodation for our tours we operate from strict guidelines. Good beds, great location, bathrooms close to bedrooms – these are all important however the number one factor we consider is balancing people’s need for private space whilst also having a communal space for socialising.

 

All linen and towels are provided.

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Why do you stay in one location? Does that mean we will be driving a lot?

The benefits of staying in one location far out weigh the benefits of moving. We find being able to unpack your bags once and get comfortable for the week is the way to go. Moving accommodation is no fun and it upsets the routine which you can otherwise develop staying in one place. The longest drive (on the second and last day) are only about 45 minutes and they are beautiful drives.

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How hard is Albany to Denmark?

This is one of our easier walks. The distances are fairly moderate and the terrain is easy. Most days we are on the track by 8:30/9am and finish up around 2:30/3pm.

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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

I love what you do. You do it so well. You plan everything for us, and make it so easy to make our challange a reality.
Thankyou thankyou thankyou.

Cathy, Albany to Denmark 2015

A wonderful walk made special by the organising skills of Inspiration Outdoors who plan for and do cover every eventuality – and their knowledge of the land we passed through was exceptional. Can highly recommend.

David, Albany to Denmark 2012

Pricing

AUD $1,900 per person (single supplement $400)

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