Bibbulmun Track – Walpole to Denmark

A nine day guided walking tour with seven full days of walking the best section of the Bibbulmun Track. $2,550pp – 9 Days ex Perth, challenging terrain, 125km

This wonderful section of the Bibbulmun Track from Walpole to Denmark is possibly the most scenic and varied section of the whole track. The walk takes in majestic forests, deserted beaches, magnificent bays and spectacular coastal cliffs. You’ll visit the Valley of the Giants in Walpole and see the beautiful rock formations and tranquil waters of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks near Denmark, and many sights between.

It’s a fairly challenging walk, with hills and some beach sand sections. But, the beauty and variety of the walk make it all worthwhile. Each night we return to our accommodation in Denmark, where you can put your feet up and enjoy the hospitality. Walking the Bibbulmun Track has never been better.

This 125 km section is completed over 7.5 days on a 9 day tour.

NO CAMPING OR HEAVY BACK PACKS. Return to comfortable accommodation each day.

Tour Length:
9 Days, starting/ finish in Perth. $2,550pp
Distance walked:
125km, over 7 days
Difficulty:
Moderate/challenging; See FAQ
Dates:
30. Mar – 7. Apr 2017
15 – 23. Oct 2017
31. Oct – 8. Nov 2017
Guaranteed departure

Highlights of this walk

A simply amazing walk with great wildflowers and magnificent views. Walk into Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks and be delighted by their tranquil beauty. Peaceful, hand-crafted accommodation right on Wilson Inlet. Splendid views from atop Mt Hallowell.

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, on some days, your lunch.
Day 1: Drive Perth to Denmark and walk

Day 1: Drive Perth to Denmark and walk

4.5 km

Departing Perth at 9am, we will stop for morning tea and a delicious fresh lunch on the way to Denmark.

From the Bibbulmun Track trailhead in Denmark, we’ll take a short walk to stretch the legs after our bus trip. The walk brings us right to the doorstep of our accommodation on the Wilson Inlet.

Once you’re settled in, you might like to enjoy a glass of wine on the verandah, or take a stroll around the forested property while your guides prepare for dinner.

Day 2: Walpole to Tingle Forest

Day 2: Walpole to Tingle Forest

13 km

We’ll drive to Walpole and begin our walk from the trailhead there.

It’s easy walking to Coalmine Beach for morning tea with a view over the Nornalup Inlet. Then a heart-starting ascent to Hilltop Lookout and the Giant Tingle Tree rewards us with great views and amazing tingle trees, our constant companions for the rest of the day.

Day 3: Tingle Forest to Tree Top Walk

Day 3: Tingle Forest to Tree Top Walk

16 km

Today is spent walking amongst the peaceful tall forest of karri and tingle trees.

There are a few moderate hills, a beautiful riverside morning tea, a picnic lunch and time at the end of the day to do the award winning Tree Top Walk if you wish.

Relax and let the bush work its magic.

Day 4: Tree Top Walk to Conspicuous Cliffs

Day 4: Tree Top Walk to Conspicuous Cliffs

16 km

Today we transition from the forest to the ocean. It’s a great and varied day.

We start the day walking through the best section of tingle forest on the whole track before leaving the big trees behind and heading for the coast. We go via Nut Lookout, with views across the rolling farmland; then through coastal heath for a delightful walk to the mighty Conspicuous Cliffs, where we end our day.

Day 5: Conspicuous Cliffs to Peaceful Bay

Day 5: Conspicuous Cliffs to Peaceful Bay

19 km

A long ascent to the Rame Head Campsite gives us plenty of excuses to stop and admire the magnificent inland and coastal views. After a morning tea stop, we walk through inland heath to get back to the coast by lunch time.

We make our way to Peaceful Bay, hugging a beautiful stretch of coast. Excellent views, gorgeous granite outcrops and the pounding surf to our right make it a very pleasant walk.

We’ll do the 3 km circuit around Peaceful Bay to shorten our walk tomorrow.

Day 6: Peaceful Bay to Boat Harbour

Day 6: Peaceful Bay to Boat Harbour

21 km

It’s a long but interesting day today. Vegetated dunes and an enchanting peppermint woodland bring us to the Irwin Inlet – where we get in the (very stable) canoes provided and paddle across. After crossing the inlet we walk through the Showgrounds, comprising grassy (and hence firm!) rolling dunes.

A challenging walk, with spectacular inland and coastal views, brings us to Boat Harbour – a most fantastic bay that may tempt you into its tranquil waters.

Day 7: Boat Harbour to William Bay

Day 7: Boat Harbour to William Bay

20 km

A wonderful walk along cliff-tops this morning gives us amazing views along the coast.

After reaching Pt Hillier we descend to Parry’s Beach, a good spot for lunch. Then it’s an 8km walk along Mazzoletti Beach – but it’s usually firm! That takes us to the delightful William Bay with Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. Enjoy a swim or just soak your feet in what has to be one of the most scenic bays in Western Australia.

Day 8: William Bay to The Cove

Day 8: William Bay to The Cove

18 km

A strenuous but thrilling final day! First, we ascend Tower Hill and encounter some amazing granite boulders. Then it’s more ups and down through orchid country to Lights Beach. After a break at Lights Beach we have the walk up Mt Hallowell, with beautiful boulder formations and spectacular views over the Denmark area and coast. Thereafter it’s a slow descent to the inlet and an easy walk along it – right back to our home for the week at The Cove!

This evening we’ll celebrate your wonderful achievement together!

Day 9: Denmark to Perth

Day 9: Denmark to Perth

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the tranquil surrounds of the Cove and then we’ll drop you into Denmark for a wander around the town while we pack up the bus. Or, you can read a book on the verandah if you prefer.

Grab a coffee and some take away lunch from one of the many outlets in town (own expense) and we’ll stop for lunch on the way back to Perth.

We plan to be back in Perth by about 4 pm.

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

Accommodation

The Cove, on the outskirts of Denmark, will be our home away from home for the week. The Cove is situated on 24 hectares of beautiful karri and jarrah forest, right on the Bibbulmun Track and the Wilson Inlet. Each handcrafted chalet contains a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, one or two bathrooms, and a washing machine. Due to the limited amount of accommodation available, it is not usually possible to offer single rooms (but please ask if you’d like a single supplement and we’ll see what we can do).

What to bring

We will send you a complete list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book your Bibbulmun Track walking tour. Please note you do not need to bring bath towels or linen. There will be plenty of time to pick up extra supplies and alcohol during the week.

Food

We provide an excellent standard of catering on all of our walking tours. 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 at lunch time 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.

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. We use fresh, local ingredients where possible.

Alcohol is not provided but there is plenty of time for you to purchase this and other supplies during the week.

All meals are included, with the exception of lunch on the last day, when you can purchase a take away lunch, choosing from a wide variety of options in Denmark. Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book – we are happy to adapt our menu to a variety of 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 Denmark 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 Denmark.

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.

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Chalet-style accommodation in Denmark

Hand crafted timber cottages, located in a tranquil bush setting beside the Wilson Inlet

Emergency support

Wilderness first aid trained guides carry radios, satellite phones and a full first aid kit so you can walk without worry.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

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.

Walpole to Denmark Tour FAQs

Can I drive my own car down to Denmark?

Yes, we will arrange a time and a place to meet you on the first afternoon of the tour.

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How hard is Walpole to Denmark?

Walpole to Denmark is reasonably challenging. This doesn’t mean that it is a hard slog the whole way, but rather there are a few days which are challenging. The day from Peaceful Bay to Boat Harbour has lots of hills and a beach section and is tough going, however the days either side are moderate.

 

As with all Bibbulmun track walks, the tracks themselves are fantastic. Although there are some beach sections, rocks and hill, the terrain is not too difficult.

 

As long as you don’t have any pre-existing injuries and you live a reasonably active lifestyle with regular walking, then with some training this walk is achievable for you. If you would like to discuss your fitness level, the best thing to do is to give us a call on (08) 6219 5164.

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What is the accommodation like?

We use as couple of accommodation providers depending on availability and the size of the group. When we are sourcing accommodation for our tours we operate from strict guidelines. Good beds, great location, bathrooms close to bedrooms – these are all important however the number one factor we consider is balancing people’s need for private space whilst also having a communal space for socialising.

 

All linen and towels are provided.

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Why do you stay in one location? Does that mean we will be driving a lot?

The benefits of staying in one location far out weigh the benefits of moving. We find being able to unpack your bags once and get comfortable for the week is the way to go. Moving accommodation is no fun and it upsets the routine which you can otherwise develop staying in one place. The longest drive (on the second and last day) are only about 45 minutes and they are beautiful drives.

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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

This was a repeat walk for me on this part of the Bibbulmun Track and it was just as exciting, absorbing and challenging. Inspiration Outdoors provided a wonderful tour and their love of the outdoors and our south west really shone through. They covered all aspects with confidence and good humour. And their tucker is outstanding!

Tracy, Walpole to Denmark 2015

Getting back after a hard day to a beautiful place, to be fed and entertained, takes some beating. However, the variety of terrain and flora was a constant delight. The sections in the Tingle forest and thence on to the coast will remain forever in memory. Emily, Simon and Adam guided their disparate herd along the track with authority and good humour.

Gerard, Walpole to Denmark 2015

Pricing

AUD $2,550 per person

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