Ever considered a hiking holiday but didn't know where to start? Try out the outdoor life with upcoming events on WA's Bibbulmun Track.
Organising an overnight hike can be a daunting experience, working out what gear to take, where to go and how to avoid getting blisters from your boots.
One way to simplify the experience is to go with someone experienced, and to this end the Bibbulmun Track Foundation has recently released its latest calendar of events, with plenty to provide a taste of hiking, from guided day walks and longer hikes to children's events.
Given that the track stretches 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany, there's also a good selection of landscapes to choose from, from ancient forests to coastal heath.
Among the foundation's upcoming events are a series of day walks designed to get people outdoors. These include themed events such as the Pubs, Pumps and Pipes walk, which combines a guided walk on the Bibbulmun Track with a chance to learn about the history of Mundaring Weir, finishing at the historic Mundaring Weir Hotel.
There are a number of family and children's events, catering for pre-schoolers to teenagers, including Camp Cooking for Kids sessions and Dr Dolittle Goes Bush events, which include a visit to Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. There's also a three-day Teen Trek to encourage teenagers to get outdoors.
For an overnight adventure, options include the Bibbulmun Trek for Beginners and the Ramble and Paddle in Dwellingup. For female hikers, there are women-only options such as the Dandy Dwellingup Dames weekend.
Hikers looking for a longer escorted walk can join the nine-day Bibbulmun and Beyond tour, which incorporates full and half-day walks along sections of the track and beyond into the Stirling Range National Park, where the group climbs Bluff Knoll.
Participants on this tour walk with only a small day pack, with private air-conditioned bus transfers to and from the track each day and comfortable accommodation each night.
If you're planning your own hike, the foundation runs workshops and seminars covering skills such as trip planning, navigation, hiking gear and food, along with Social Sunday Walks led by trained volunteers to provide an introduction to the trek.
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