WA’s Bucket List Trails
We’ve all got things we’d like to achieve in our lifetime and, for many adventure seekers, that includes ‘ticking off’ iconic trails around the world.
Discover Western Australia’s Bucket List trails to add to your list!
Listed in National Geographic’s Top 20 Epic Trails - The Bibbulmun Track is Australia's answer to the Appalachian Trail stretching nearly 1000 kilometres from Kalamunda, in the Perth hills, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast.
The Track traverses some of the most beautiful and wild areas of WA’s South West which is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Walkers are taken through bush and forest, up towers of granite, and along the overpowering coast of the Southern Ocean.
Besides the unique flora and fauna, it's the social aspect of the trail that makes it most Australian. At the campsites you will meet hikers from around the globe as well as regular Australians who have fulfilled the original promise of the trail and are spending time simply walking for weeks to better understand themselves and the unique place where they live.
Quick facts: 1000 kilometres (620 miles) from Kalamunda to Albany on the south coast. The Track is divided into 58 sections. There are 49 campsites with timber shelters and water tanks and passes through nine communities for re-supply. An end-to-end takes between six to eight weeks.
Located in the famous Margaret River region, the Cape to Cape Track runs for 135 kilometres along the spine of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.
The Track mostly follows the coast, alternating spectacular sweeping cliff-top views with stretches of pristine beach. There are several inland loops however, which take in some lovely sheltered woodland sections as well as the magnificent Boranup karri forest. Fascinating geological features, such as cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations can be seen along the way, and the vegetation and wildflowers present an ever-changing display.
Quick facts: 135 kilometres (84 miles) between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. The Track has four wild campsites with water tanks and toilets but no shelters. An end-to-end takes six to eight days.
WA is also home to the world's longest off-road mountain bike trail - the Munda Biddi. The Trail meanders through scenic river valleys and the magnificent forests of WA’s South West.
Starting in Mundaring in the Perth Hills the Munda Biddi uses a network of bush tracks, firebreaks, and disused railway formations joined by purpose built track. The trail links 11 towns for resupply. While some sections are easy, others provide a challenge and the full length of the trail adds up to a memorable adventure.
Quick facts: 1000 kilometres (620 miles) between Mundaring in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast. About 20 days riding to do a standard end-to-end with approximately 45km riding a day between the towns and purpose-built campsite with sleeping shelters, water and toilets. Expect to chug along at around 8 to 10km/hour if you are carrying a load.
For four-wheel drive enthusiasts the legendary Gibb River Road is an icon of outback adventure through the heart of the Kimberley in Western Australia’s north west. The 660 kilometre dirt track passes through remote station country with magnificent scenery and plenty of opportunities to get out of your vehicle to discover one of the many fresh water gorges.
The Gibb, as it is affectionately known, was built for droving cattle from Wyndham to Derby. Today it caters for a steady stream of 4WDs.
Trail signage varies as the area remains privately owned by cattle stations and Aboriginal communities. Every station has a range of beautiful rivers and gorges including; El Questro Station - Chamberlain and Emma Gorges, Mount Barnett Station – Manning Gorge Waterfall Walk, King Leopold Conservation Park – Bell Gorge, Gibb River Station – Barnett River Gorge and Mornington Wilderness Park – Diamond Gorge
Quick facts: 660 Kilometres (410 miles) between Derby, 2350km (29 hours) north of Perth and the Kununurra and Wyndham junction of the Great Northern Highway.