Forests, mountains, deserts – Western Australia has it covered when it comes to hiking.
In our quest to travel, sometimes we can forget what’s on our doorstep. West Australians are spoilt with the breadth of hiking on offer.
Trails WA, an organisation on a mission to make finding good trails easy, has compiled its top 10 WA hikes from the 300 already mapped and detailed on its website.
Those top 10 come from a mix of regions and differ in the type of experience they offer from peaks and outback jaunts to short walks.
Trails WA has also released a free app for Apple users, where trails can be searched by location, experience and more, also offering maps and descriptions of the trails.
Trails WA Executive Officer and executive director of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation Linda Daniels said WA’s trails offered visitors a rich experience.
“We have such a big State so we traditionally drive, but if you drive make sure you get out once you arrive and go for a walk. It offers a better connection with your surroundings,” Ms Daniels said.
1. Bibbulmun Track, Walpole to Peaceful Bay
No list would be complete without WA's 1000km track which attracts local walkers and overseas trekkers. The 61km Walpole to Peaceful Bay section can be completed in three to four days taking walkers through the Valley of the Giants and heading to the spectacular coastline of Denmark.
“The beauty of the Bibbulmun Track is it offers so many options. Seventy per cent of walkers on this track are on day walks. There are spots where you can walk two kilometres to a campsite, whilst other spots offer remote, wilderness experiences,” she said.
In 2015 the Bibbulmun Track clocked up 300,000 user days in a year. It’s also a boon for small regional towns. Last year walkers spent $13 million on food and accommodation and more in walking the trail.
2. Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River region
Another well-known hike, the 135km trail runs between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin taking in coastal and Karri forest scenery. The entire track typically takes five to seven days.
3. Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range National Park
The six kilometre return trail doesn’t sound too hard, but as the third highest peak in WA it will take your breath away. Spectacular views from the peak and wildflowers, birdlife and rock formations along the way make it a beautiful hike.
4. Nancy’s Peak, Porongurup National Park
Also close to Albany is Nancy’s Peak, a 5.5km loop traverses different ecosystems as you climb to the main peak in the Porongurup Ranges.
5. Hakea Walk Tail, Fitzgerald National Park
Budding botanists rejoice, the 23km Hakea Walk Trail is a plant wonderland. Four hours east of Albany, the trail has coastal views and varied rock formations.
6. Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand National Park
Further east is the challenging 17km Coastal Trail taking in the park’s aqua waters and white sand beaches.
7. Bigurda Trail, Kalbarri National Park
Hugging the coastline, the 8km trail joins Eagle Gorge and Natural Bridge with stunning coastal scenery along the route.
8. Camel Trail, Chichester Ranges
This 8km trail offers a full dose of the Pilbara – stunning waterholes, red cliffs, spinifex-covered hills and termite mounds.
9. Summit Trail, Mt Augustus National Park
Touted as the world’s biggest rock, climbing Mt Augustus will take you 717m above the scrubland for views of the surrounding plains and distant ranges. The return hike takes a full day at 12km return.
10. Eagle View Trail, Perth Hills
Just a short drive from Perth is a bushwalk masterclass. The 15km loop takes walkers through jarrah and wandoo woodlands, past waterfalls and offers great views.
For full hike details see trailswa.com.au.
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