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Hiking Experiences in Australia’s South West

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Get off the beaten track and reconnect in Australia's South West

If you’re looking for unique, diverse, undiscovered, and natural experiences and love to travel on foot, Western Australia’s South West region has much to offer. There’s no better way to discover pristine coastlines, turquoise waters, ancient Karri tree forests and seasonal abundance of wildflowers found nowhere else. You’re also likely to encounter humpback whales, epic wildlife, and flora unique to this region. Just three hours’ drive from Perth (or fly direct to Busselton-Margaret River from Melbourne) and you’ll reach the Margaret River region.


Known for its award-winning wines and craft breweries, the region is also a natural wonderland for hikers. Further afield in the Great Southern Region, Albany and surrounds offer unspoiled summits, ever-changing mountains and the vast ruggedness of the moody Southern Ocean. For those seeking a longer, more immersive adventure, the world-renowned 1,000km Bibbulmun Track traverses ancient forests, river valleys and dramatic coastline.

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Cape to Cape Track

Western Australia’s spectacular coastline is your constant companion on this iconic 124-kilometre hiking trail. From sweeping clifftop views to spectacular sandy beaches and ancient forests, the track linking the Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouses rewards long-distance hikers and day-trip ramblers alike with some of the Margaret River Region’s most sensational scenery.
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Bibbulmun Track

A 1,000-kilometre walking trail from the Perth Hills to the historic whaling town of Albany through ancient forests, river valleys and dramatic coastline. Tackle this epic 8-week challenge or traverse the track at your leisure by hiking a section for a gentle day walk or joining a guided tour. With rustic bushland or more-luxurious accommodation options, picturesque towns, this hiking trail offers an immersive Western Australian experience.
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Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range

This breathtaking summit trail is renowned for spectacular views of this National Heritage-listed rugged mountain landscape. Formed more than a billion years ago, located in the Great Southern region, WA's highest peak offers a glorious display of awe-inspiring natural beauty – from its panoramic views, wildly unique ‘cloud waterfall’ to its unique floral species.
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Bald Head Walk Trail

Torndirrup National Park offers a unique hiking experience near historic Albany in the Great Southern region. Unspoilt, rugged and wildly picturesque, this coastline allows hikers to traverse the isthmus between tranquil, calm waters of Albany’s King George sound and the crashing ocean waves of the moody Southern Ocean.
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Explore our Ultimate South West Itineraries

Locals and visitors to Australia’s South West live the dream every day, whether it’s sipping on award-winning wines and indulging in gourmet produce, or delighting in rugged natural landscapes filled with pristine coastlines, towering forests and so much more. This is a place of natural wonders, supernatural contrasts and rare experiences. 

Check out the best itineraries across Australia's South West - with captivating landscapes. Explore the diverse regions by car over a few days, weeks or more.

A truly wondrous and dreamlike place to explore and renowned for its Aboriginal Cultural Experiences. For ocean lovers, the region offers spectacular dense forest scenery, giving way to white sandy beaches and aquamarine waters.  Whether you're travelling solo, in a group or with kids, there really is something for everyone in Australia’s South West. From snorkelling to trail running, biking to paddling - check out the highlights of all the different trails in the region.

There's plenty to do, see, taste and stay in this distinctive, lively region. Explore more of what's on offer and get planning your visit at Australia's South West.

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With over 250 various hiking, biking, food and wine trails and over 1,000 kilometres of awe-inspiring coastline, there's plenty of ways to immerse yourself in Australia's South West.

Dec 13

Bald Head Trail NOW OPEN!

The most highly anticipated trail re-opening of 2022 is finally here! The popular and spectacular Bald Head traill in Torndirrup National Park is now re-opened and ready to receive hikers looking for a challenge. 

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Oct 13

Your Complete Guide to The Cape to Cape Track

The Cape to Cape Track stretches for 124-kilometres along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the far south west of Western Australia.  It features spectacular coastal and forest scenery, a fascinating geology of cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations and an ever-changing display of vegetation and wildflowers.
Designed to bring people in close contact with the environment, the track mainly follows the coast, alternating spectacular sweeping cliff-top views with stretches of pristine beach. There are several inland loops, which take in some lovely, sheltered woodland sections as well as the magnificent karri trees of the Boranup Forest. 

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