Bibbulmun Track – Northcliffe to Walpole

One of the most diverse walks in Western Australia. Forest, plains, mountains, cliffs & coast. This walk has it all.$2,375pp – 9 Days ex Perth, moderate terrain, 148km

This section of the Bibbulmun Track offers one of the most diverse walking experiences in Australia. It has it all – towering Karri forest, pristine rivers, grasslands, wetlands, beaches and dramatic coastal cliffs.

Visit one of the most inaccessible parts of the South West of Western Australia without compromising on comfort. Each evening we return to ‘off track’ accommodation so you can enjoy all of the sights and smells of the Bibbulmun Track, without carrying a heavy pack or sleeping rough.

This is a moderately challenging walk completed over nine glorious days, with many highlights. The walk is 148 kilometres total with days ranging from 4.5 – 27km. Preparation walking long distances is essential.

Parts of this section can get boggy and wet and may require wading in spring.

Tour Length:
9 Days, starting and finishing in Perth
Distance walked:
148 km over 9 days
Difficulty:
Moderate to Challenging; See FAQ
Dates:
12 – 20. Nov 2018
7 – 15. Mar 2019
15 – 23. Nov 2019

Highlights of this walk

Scenes like no other in Western Australia. Towering karri forests, grand tingle trees, beautiful coastlines and savannah grasslands.

Walking Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Drive from Perth then short walk

4.5 km

With an 8:20am 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

Day 2: Wheatley Coast Rd to Chesapeake Rd

20.3 km

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

Day 3: Chesapeake Rd to Chesapeake Rd

17.6 km

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

Day 4: Chesapeake Rd to Deeside Coast Rd

11.7 km

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

Day 5: Deeside Coast Rd to Mt Chance

27 km

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

Day 6: Mt Chance trail to Inlet River

20.5 km

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

Day 7: Inlet River Trail to Mandalay Beach

16.8 km

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

Day 8: Mandalay Beach to Deep River

19.5 km

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

Day 9: Deep River to Walpole then drive back to Perth

11.9 km

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.

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

Accommodation

Our first three nights accommodation are at the Northcliffe Hotel in motel style rooms. We will eat dinner together in the hotel restaurant each evening. There are no laundry facilities for guests at the hotel but there is a laundromat in town.

We stay the next five nights at Bayside Villas in Walpole where we will spread out over a number of villas. Each evening we come together in one of the villas for evening meals, cooked by your guides.

Accommodation is allocated on a twin share basis. Solo travellers will be lodged with a fellow solo traveller of the same sex. Rooms are very limited in Northcliffe so there may not be an opportunity to arrange a single room. Please ask though if you’re interested in securing a single room for an extra fee and we’ll see what we can do.

What to bring

We will send you a list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book, as well as some tips on how best to prepare. 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 meals are included. Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, juice, tea and freshly brewed coffee.

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

Lunch is self-made from fresh breads, salads and meats.

Enjoy catching up for pre-dinner nibbles with fellow guests each evening followed by a two course meal. On the three nights we spend in Northcliffe, we will dine at the Northcliffe Hotel. In Walpole, your guides will prepare a delicious two course meal for dinner each night.

Feel free to bring alcohol and additional snacks e.g. muesli bars, nuts, chocolate etc. There will be time for you to purchase additional alcohol and supplies during the week.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book. We can happily adapt our menu to accommodate most dietary needs. Assistance is appreciated with clearing away and washing up.

Transport

An air-conditioned coaster bus will take us from Perth to Northcliffe 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 to those who choose to make their own way to Northcliffe.

This walk includes

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.

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Comfortable accommodation throughout the south west

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.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

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Healthy breakfasts

Includes cereals, fruit, yogurt, toast, juice, a selection of teas and coffee.

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Healthy packed lunches

Enjoy a fresh packed lunch each day out on the trail

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.

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 a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious and nutritious dinner together with the group.

What people have said

I have been on many Inspiration Outdoors tours and I keep coming back. There is so much effort put in to make the trip enjoyable. Love the walks, love the food, love the guides. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Judy, Northcliffe to Walpole

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 $2,375 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
  • 2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost
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