Bibbulmun – Pemberton to Northcliffe

Escape to the forest! Be surrounded by the sounds of the birds as enormous karri trees tower above you as you complete another section of the Bibbulmun Track. $1,150pp, 4 Days ex Perth, easy terrain, 56km

Escape to the forest and complete a section of the Bibbulmun Track on our guided walking tour from Pemberton to Northcliffe. Each day on this 4 day tour you’ll walk between 11 and 19 km, taking in the rivers, forests and farms that typify the area. Let the cool and quiet forest work its magic on you as you breath the deep earthy smells and walk under the limbs of the mighty karri trees.

Each afternoon you’ll return to our comfortable accommodation where you can enjoy our hospitality. Relax after a well deserved shower with a glass of wine and a laugh with fellow walkers. Or just read a book on the couch. It’s your holiday. Soon enough the guides will have a sumptuous, healthy dinner ready to enjoy as a group.

Greet the excitement of another day’s walk well fed, well rested and feeling good about yourself. Our four day walking tour on the Bibbulmun Track is just the thing to revitalise yourself. 

Tour Length:
4 Days starting and finishing in Perth
Distance walked:
56 km over 4 days
Difficulty:
Easy/Moderate; See FAQ
Dates:
7 – 10. Apr 2018
6 – 9. Sep 2018

Highlights of this walk

Towering karri forest, walk beside the Warren River, climb the Gloucester Tree, swim at Schafer campsite and complete a section of the Bibbulmun Track.

Walking Tour Itinerary

A guide will accompany you each day as you walk between 12 and 19 km. Guests should have a moderate level of fitness in order to make the walking enjoyable and achievable. Each night we return to the same accommodation. The itinerary may alter depending on local conditions and weather.
Day 1: Drive from Perth + 12 km walk into Pemberton

Day 1: Drive from Perth + 12 km walk into Pemberton

From Perth head towards Pemberton, stopping for homemade morning tea and lunch on the way. The afternoon’s walk starts at the trailhead in Pemberton. We’ll walk through the back streets of this lazy town and then into the forest, passing the 68 metre-high Gloucester Tree. The rest of the walk is mostly through lovely karri forest on firm trails, with a few hills thrown in. The bus will be waiting at the end to take us back to our accommodation.

Day 2: Gloucester Rd to Moons Crossing

Day 2: Gloucester Rd to Moons Crossing

19 km

We have a few ups and downs today as we make our way toward and along the rugged Warren River valley. Much of the day is spent following the meanderings of the Warren River under the cool canopy of the karri forest sometimes close to the river’s banks and sometimes higher along the ridges.

You’ll enjoy a healthy picnic lunch beside the Warren River. Walkers may choose to pull out here if they wish (approx 10 km) and stay with the bus to meet the rest of the group at Moons Crossing. Otherwise, continue on and enjoy a marvellous section of track.

Day 3: Moons Crossing to Lane Pool Rd

Day 3: Moons Crossing to Lane Pool Rd

14 km

We leave the Warren River behind and make our way south today. We will skirt around a number of private properties but remain mostly within karri forest. We plan to have lunch at the Schafer Campsite where you can cool your feet, or even swim in the nearby dam. After lunch it’s only three km to where we will finish our walk for the day.

Day 4: Lane Pool Rd to Northcliffe

Day 4: Lane Pool Rd to Northcliffe

12 km

Today’s walk is quite easy, with much of the walk following quiet rural roads. Enjoy tree-lined lanes, open views across private farmland and a walk through the Northcliffe Forest Park.

We finish our sectional walk in Northcliffe where we will celebrate our achievement and enjoy a lunch together at the pub (own expense). We plan to arrive in Perth by about 6 pm.

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

Accommodation

We will stay at the Warren River Cottages for three nights so that you only unpack once. Located ten minutes south of Pemberton township, Warren River Cottages offers simple, peaceful accommodation surrounded by magnificent karri forest. We will stay in a number of self-contained two and three bedroom cottages. Accommodation will be allocated on a double or twin share basis. A single supplement is available – please ask when booking. Breakfasts and dinners, prepared by your guides, will be shared in one of the cottages.

What to bring

We will send you a list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book, as well as some tips on how to prepare. You do not need to bring bath towels or linen. There will be some time to pick up extra supplies and alcohol during the week.

Food

All meals are included.

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

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. If you need additional snacks e.g. muesli bars, chocolate etc you will need to supply those.

Lunch is always fresh and tasty. On this trip, you’ll enjoy a combination of packed lunches and picnic lunches. On packed lunch days, your guides will prepare and lay out a selection of salads, meats, cheese, spreads and bread in the morning for you to choose from and take with you. Yummy picnic lunches will be brought to you at lunch time with the bus.

In the 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.

There will be some time for you to purchase alcohol and supplies during the week, or bring your own.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book – we are happy to 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 Pemberton and back, and to and from the 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 Pemberton.

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.

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.

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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.

Pemberton to Northcliffe 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. For the most part it is 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

Another well organised and informed trip. The Bibbulmun Track in the karri forest is a joy. Once again we had the spectacle of different colours, shapes etc of fungi plus some winter orchids.
Our evenings were fun, gathered around the fire enjoying the nibbles and the company.

Peter, Pemberton to Northcliffe, 2014

This 4 day walk more than lived up to Inspiration Outdoor’s motto “Recreation Beyond Expectation”. I have been walking and paddling with IO since 2005, and day trips as well as longer walks have all been sensational. Highly recommended.

Anne, Pemberton to Northcliffe 2013

Pricing

AUD $1,150 per person

Reserve your place with a $350 deposit.

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  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
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