A guide will accompany you on each days walk. Guides will carry morning tea, first aid kit, satellite phone etc. You just carry what you need for the walk. This might include water, camera, a jacket and your lunch.
Day 1: Drive from Perth then short walk
With an 8am pick up in Perth, we will head down to Northcliffe having lunch along the way. Shortly after lunch we will start with an easy introduction to the track with a 4km walk back to Northcliffe along the Gardner River. Generally flat on firm ground along the river with a little bit of road walking.
Day 2: Wheatley Coast Rd to Chesapeake Rd
Our first proper walk is through a lovely mix of Jarrah, Marri and Karri forest. Much of the day is by the banks of the beautiful Gardner River.
It’s an easy to medium walk with mostly flat, firm ground but some undulations through creek crossings and some sandy tracks.
Day 3: Chesapeake Rd to Chesapeake Rd
Today we reach the magnificent Lake Maringup which will surprise you with its size and beauty. Surrounded by Karri forest, this is a real highlight.
Easy to Medium walk with undulations through culverts up to Lake Maringup, then generally flat for the rest of the way. A mix of firm and sandy ground.
Day 4: Chesapeake Rd to Deeside Coast Rd
Because there is limited access through this section, we have a short easy day today. Walk through flat open sedgelands, mixed with some jarrah and karri sections.
In the afternoon we will take the opportunity to visit nearby Broke Inlet – a vast and beautiful estuary with windswept paperbark trees and red granite rocks lining its shore.
Day 5: Deeside Coast Rd to Mt Chance
A long day but very interesting and diverse day through the Pingerup Plains broken up by granitic knobs with surrounding karri and jarrah. This area is like nothing else in WA and very reminiscent of African Savannah (so Simon says).
Mostly flat walking with some small undulations around the granite knolls. We will follow an old forestry track for 4 km to get to the nearest vehicle access.
Day 6: Mt Chance trail to Inlet River
After we walk back into the track from the highway, we will enjoy more walking through the Pingerup Plains. We may have time to climb Mt Pingerup or Mt Chance for views of the surrounding area and the Broke Inlet (optional).
Today is mostly flat through low swampy areas with a few ups and downs around Mt Pingerup.
Day 7: Inlet River Trail to Mandalay Beach
Today we hit the coast. It’s a great walk with an amazing view from the top of the peak at Woolbales campsite. We reach the coastline and the Southern Ocean at Mandalay Beach.
It’s easy and flat for the first half, with a pretty easy ascent to the top of the granite dome at Woolbales campsite. The second half of the walk becomes more difficult as you approach the coast with some hills and sandy ground.
Day 8: Mandalay Beach to Deep River
A spectacular day starting on the rugged coastline, walking through dunes and heathland before finishing at the Deep River and in Giant Tingle country.
This is the toughest day of the tour terrain-wise. There are some steep sections on soft sand through the dunes with little shade.
Day 9: Deep River to Walpole then drive back to Perth
A nice final day with a steep ascent of Mt Clare into magnificent Tingle and Karri forest before finishing in Walpole.
It is very steep start to the day with the climb up Mt Clare then easy to moderate walking on firm ground into Walpole. We should be in Walpole by lunch time and back into Perth around 6pm.