The following plan may alter depending on local conditions and weather.
Day 1: Drive Perth to Albany, walk to Lilac’s
After our drive south, we will begin at the Southern Terminus of the Bibbulmun Track in Albany. From here we will follow alongside the picturesque Princess Royal Harbour.
Todays walk is only short but will whet your appetite for the beauty and surrounds that is to come.
After your walk you get settled in to your accommodation at Cosy Corner Chalets where you will stay for the duration of the tour.
Day 2: Lilac’s to the Wind Farm
Today we enter Torndirrup National Park before 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: The Wind Farm to Mutton Bird Rd
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
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
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
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: Drive to Perth
Before we head back to Perth today we have a few options. We can do a short walk around Mt Clarence or perhaps a quick visit to the Sandalwood factory in Mt Baker.
Enjoy lunch at Williams Woolshed (own expense) on our way back to Perth. We should arrive back in the city mid/late afternoon.