Bibbulmun Track – Collie to Balingup

Enjoy five days of guided walking amongst the jarrah forest at its finest – in prime wildflower season – and complete a section of the Bibbulmun Track in comfort. $1,340pp – 5 Days, moderate terrain, 84km

Only a few hours from Perth, the Bibbulmun Track between Collie and Balingup offers some excellent walking and passes through one of the best stands of virgin jarrah forest in the south west. Immerse yourself amongst the wildflowers and the sounds of the bush on this five day break.

Over five day’s you’ll complete 84 km of the world-class Bibbulmun Track. Whether it’s your first Bibbulmun Track section or one of many that you’ve done, you’re sure to enjoy the fresh air, exercise, great accommodation, delicious meals and the rejuvenating time away from home.

Tour Length:
5 Days, starting and finishing in Perth
Distance walked:
84 km, over 5 days
Difficulty:
Easy/Moderate; See FAQ
Dates:
1 – 5. Sep 2019

Highlights of this walk

The wildflowers, virgin jarrah forest, babbling brooks, the lovely town of Balingup, delicious food, great accommodation and Glen Mervin dam – swim anyone?

Walking Tour Itinerary

A guide will accompany you each day as you walk between 12 and 20 km. Guests should have a moderate to good level of fitness in order to make the walking enjoyable and achievable. For the first night, we will be staying in motel style accommodation in Collie.  For the remaining three nights, we will stay in accommodation in Balingup. The itinerary may alter depending on local conditions and weather.

Day 1: Drive from Perth + walk

Day 1: Drive from Perth + walk

12 km

After a pick up in Perth, it is only a short few hours to Collie for the start of the walk.

We’ll be spotting interesting wildflowers and lovely orchids as soon as we enter the bush just outside of Collie. Passing the Collie River, we’ll finish this easy walk near Mungalup Dam before heading to our accommodation in Collie.

Day 2

Day 2

20 km

From Mungalup Dam we’ll continue heading south. We’ll pass Yabberup Campsite and Glen Mervin Dam before ending the day at the Mumbalup Tavern.

Enjoy a cool lemon squash or a beer with some locals in the very interesting country hotel before we head to Balingup on the coach.

Day 3

Day 3

20 km

No beer this morning! We’ll start today’s walk beside the rolling green hills of some Mumbalup farms before entering the forest. There are some lovely babbling brooks, granite outcrops and many flowers to enjoy along the way today – as well as some decent hills.

In the afternoon we walk through the Preston Virgin Jarrah Forest. It’s a rare and special sight to see a mature jarrah forest – with huge trees left to grow for hundreds of years.

Day 4

Day 4

16 km

It’s a thoroughly enjoyable walk today, through mixed forest with mostly gentle gradients. There are a few decent hills to keep you interested.

There will be time in the afternoon to take a wander around Balingup if you wish. Or just relax on the verandah with a cuppa and take in the view over the green rolling hills.

Day 5: walk + drive back to Perth

Day 5: walk + drive back to Perth

16 km

We’ll finish up with a lovely 16km walk through forest, farmland, and into Balingup town. There are a few decent hills around Balingup and today we will conquer one as we come into town. It will be no trouble though after preparing your legs on the previous walks. The walk into Balingup town is very pleasant as we follow Balingup Brook for much of the way.

Well done! You’ve just completed another section of the Bibbulmun Track.

We aim to have you back in Perth by about 6pm.

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

Accommodation

On the first night, we will be staying in the Collie Ridge Motel where will have dinner in their onsite restaurant.

For the remaining three nights, we will stay at Balingup Hillview Retreat, 1km from the centre of Balingup town. We will stay in three chalets (twin share/double) and share breakfasts and dinners together in the largest one. There’s a magnificent view over the Balingup valley from the balcony so bring something warm to wrap up in and enjoy a cuppa or a glass of wine out there while you wait for dinner to be served.

Each chalet contains:

  • Self-Contained Kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • 240/110V Electrical Points
  • All Linen Supplied
  • TV & DVD Player

What to bring

Recommended Clothing and Equipment

  • Day-pack – one with a sturdy waist strap is best to help take some weight off your shoulders. In wet weather, a waterproof cover and/or a bin bag to wrap your belongings in can be handy
  • Shorts/long trousers and shirts for walking as many sets as you wish. Quick-dry material is best. Don’t wear jeans for walking
  • Socks whichever thickness you’re comfortable walking in
  • Boots/shoes for walking (make sure you wear them in well)
  • Windcheater or lightweight jumper for walking
  • Waterproof jacket*
  • Sun protection – hat, glasses, sunscreen
  • Casual clothes for evenings – it does get chilli in the evenings in Balingup but we’ll have a fire
  • Torch/headlamp (to walk between chalets after dinner)
  • Any preferred first aid supplies, such as your favourite blister treatment! (Your guide will carry a full first-aid kit)
  • Water bottle/s or camelback 2 to 3 litre capacity
  • A lunch container (with small freezer brick if desired)

Optional items

  • Fly net
  • Waterproof trousers. Some people love them and some hate them. Personally, we don’t wear them; but there have been times, especially on very wet days, when we have wished for a pair!
  • Camera and charger/batteries
  • Gaiters for snake bite protection are recommended unless you are wearing long pants and long socks
  • Small towel to carry during the day
  • Snacks and alcoholic drinks – there will be time to purchase more during the week
  • Walking poles

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

Food

We provide an excellent standard of catering on all of our walking tours. All meals are included.

Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit, yogurt and toast, with juice, a variety of teas and fresh brewed coffee.

On some days, when there is vehicle access, lunch is brought to the track and shared as a picnic. On other days you will pack your lunch in the morning from a selection of salads, meats, cheese, spreads and bread, which your guides lay out for you and prepare fresh 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 if you feel you need them. Lollies, muesli bars, nuts, seeds and dried fruit are popular options. There will be time for you to purchase alcohol and other supplies during the week.

Most evenings your guides will prepare some nibbles for you to enjoy while dinner is being prepared. Dinner is a delicious and nutritious two course home-prepared meal. We use fresh, local ingredients where possible.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book – we can happily adapt our menu to most 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 Balingup 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 Balingup or Collie.

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.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

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Home made morning tea each day

Enjoy a slice of home-baked cake and a hot cuppa each morning on the track – we’ll even carry the thermos for you!

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.

Collie to Balingup Tour FAQs

How hard is this walk?

This is a fairly moderate walk. As with all Bibbulmun Track walks, the trail itself is very well maintained and defined. The challenge of this walk is the distance, not the terrain – although on some days you have the option to pull out before the end. For the most part it’s firm under foot. There are some hills, but nothing you can’t handle!

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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

Under your expert and friendly guidance, it was a memorable walk, with amazing scenery, beautiful wildflowers, delicious morning teas, great companions and a cosy atmosphere with lovely food and accommodation each day… I look forward to accompanying you on more long and short walks soon.

Jan, Collie to Balingup 2013

Pricing

AUD $1,340 per person (single supplement $400)

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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
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