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When it comes to breath-taking scenery, Western Australians are spoilt for choice. We’ve got pristine white beaches, magnificent giant Karri forests, striking outback plains and stunning red gorges. Even better, we’ve got hundreds of hiking trails that will take you through each of these incredible landscapes.

However with so much natural beauty on offer, it can be hard to know where to begin. To make your adventure planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of WA’s most amazing hikes. Spread across the state, each of these trails has that ‘wow’ factor that will impress even the most experienced of hikers.  So whether you're heading north, east or south of Perth there's a trail to add into your travel itinerary.

 

1. Bibbulmun Track, Walpole to Peaceful Bay

Distance: 61km one-way
Difficulty: Grade 4
Time: 3-4 days

Driving distance from Perth: 418km (5 hours) south to Walpole

When making a list of amazing hikes, you can’t top the 1000km Bibbulmun Track - and within this trail, you can’t beat the 61km section from Walpole to Peaceful Bay. Start in Walpole’s Valley of the Giants, where a 600m-raised walkway offers remarkable treetop views of the ancient karri and tingle forest. Here you will find trees that are up to 75 metres tall and 400 years old. After passing through karri forest and low heathlands, this section opens up to white sandy dunes and cliff tops overlooking the powerful southern ocean. To top it all off, this wonderful hike ends at Peaceful Bay in Denmark, a crystal blue bay perfect for swimming, fishing, boating, and of course, walking.

 Walking through the Tingle trees on the Bibbulmun Track - photo by the Silvertops (Track name)

2.  Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River region

Distance: 135km one-way
Difficulty: Grade 4
Time: 5-7 days

Driving distance from Perth: 262km (3 hours) south to Cape Naturaliste.


The Cape to Cape is one of WA’s most well-known hikes, and deservedly so. This 135km trail runs between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, featuring spectacular coastal and Karri forest scenery, fascinating cliffs, caves, rock formations, and an ever-changing display of vegetation and wildflowers. The trail is a mix of old 4WD tracks, constructed pathways, firm well-graded tracks, rough stony paths and sandy beaches.  While there are easy sections that make excellent day walks, some of the wilder, rugged parts of this trail are hard going – but that just makes the Cape to Cape Track an even more rewarding experience.

Photo from Inspiration Outdoors - join them on a guided Cape to Cape Track tour.

 

3.  Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range National Park

Distance: 6km return
Difficulty: Grade 4
Time: 3-4 hours

Driving distance from Perth: 407km (4.5 hours) south. (86km, 1 hour from Albany) 

 

Famous for being the third highest peak in WA, Bluff Knoll is a must-do down south experience.  Located in the Stirling Range National Park, the trail takes you to the top of Bluff Knoll, giving you exceptional views while passing a variety of wildflowers, birdlife and rock formations along the way. Starting at a large information shelter, the trail is very easy to follow; however the weather is not so predictable. No matter the temperature, always bring a jumper or rain jacket for the hike.  This is one of a number of spectacular trails and it’s worth basing yourself in the area to explore them all! Check out the network page here.

Descending from Bluff Knoll - photo by Linda Daniels

 

4.  Nancy’s Peak, Porongurup National Park

Distance: 5.5km loop
Difficulty: Grade 4
Time: 1-3 hours
Driving distance from Perth: 388km (4.25 hours) south. (55km, 45 minutes from Albany) 

The Nancy’s Peak trail is an adventure through a range of different ecosystems. Located 23kms from Mount Barker, this 5.5km trail takes you past the famous ‘Tree in the Rock”, through beautiful karri forests and over glades of moss covered granite to emerge at the top of the main peak of the Porongurup Ranges. Here you’ll be treated to excellent views of the Stirling Ranges, and on a clear day, the Southern Ocean.  Nancy’s Peak is just one of the excellent walks in the Porongurup National Park. Others include the challenging hike to Marmabup Rock and the thrilling granite skywalk of Castle Rock.

View from Nancy's Peak - photo by Pelusey Photography

 

5.  Hakea Walk Trail, East Fitzgerald National Park

Distance: 23km one-way
Difficulty: Grade 4
Time: Multiple Days

Driving distance from Perth: 555km (8 hours) south east. (230km, 4 hours from Albany) 

 

Named after the colourful Royal Hakea that grows in the area, the Hakea Trail is a botanical wonderland for plant lovers. However, the plant life isn’t the only drawcard of this stunning trail. Located in East Fitzgerald National Park, this 23km hike offers both beautiful coastal views and out of this world rock formations, including creamy white limestone cliffs and jagged rocky headlands. Depending upon your walking experience, The Hakea Trail can be a challenging multi day adventure or can be split into several smaller half-day excursions.

Headland before Hamersley Beach on the Hakea trail - photo by Pam Riordan

 

6.  Coastal Trail, Cape Le Grand National Park

Distance: 17km one-way
Difficulty: Grade 4
Time: 1-2 days

Driving distance from Perth: 755km (8 hours) south-east.  (46km from Esperance)

 

The Coastal Trail is a spectacular but challenging 17km walk trail located in the picturesque Cape Le Grand National Park, 40 minutes’ drive from Esperance. If you’re an experienced walker, you can tackle the trail in a day or camp overnight at Lucky Bay. If you’re not, you can break it up into four shorter sections, walking from bay to bay, all of which are easily accessible by vehicle. Whichever method you choose, you’ll be treated to postcard perfect scenery: kangaroos basking on powder white beaches, dolphins surfing aqua waters and amazing coastal views.  

 

 Cape Le Grand Coastal Trail - photo by Tourism WA

7.  Bigurda Trail, Kalbarri National Park

Distance: 8km one-way
Difficulty: Grade 3
Time: 3-5 hours 

Driving distance from Perth: 590km (6.5 hours) north. (4km, 6 minutes from Kalbarri) 

 

The views of the Bigurda Trail need to be seen to be believed. Hugging the coastline between Eagle Gorge and Natural Bridge, this 8km trail takes you past some truly breath-taking coastal scenery. Steep chasms, bizarre rock formations and multi-coloured sandstone cliffs are just a few of the incredible sights you’ll see on this walk. The Bigurda Trail is one way so if you can, arrange to be picked up where the trail ends at Natural Bridge. Alternatively, you can choose to brave the wind and retrace your steps; and if you’re visiting in spring, you could enjoy some whale watching along the way.

Bigurda Trail

8. Camel Trail, Chichester Ranges

Distance: 8km one-way
Difficulty: Grade 3   
Time: Full day

Driving distance from Perth: 1525km (16 hours) north to Karratha then 2 hours to park.


The Camel Trail is a showcase of everything that is iconic to the Pilbara. This 8km hike begins at Python Pool, a stunning waterhole surrounded by sheer red rock walls. It then leads you up a sandstone escarpment, through rolling spinifex-covered hills and past large termite mounds before heading to a lookout at the top of Mount Herbert. Here you can enjoy the stunning vista of the Chichester Ranges and beyond. If you’re a keen botanist, a walk along this trail is an opportunity to discover some of the famous Pilbara wildflowers, such as Sturt’s desert pea, mulla mullas and the holly leafed grevillea.

Camel Trail - photo by Pelusey Photography

 

9.       Summit Trail, Mt Augustus National Park

Distance: 12km return
Difficulty: Grade 5
Time: Full Day

Driving distance from Perth: 1125km (24 hours) north.  (353km, 15 hours north of Meekathara)


The Summit Trail is your chance to climb the world’s biggest ‘rock’, Mount Augustus. Twice as high as Uluru, this trail takes you 717m above red sandy scrubland to reward you with sweeping views over the surrounding plains and distant ranges.  During dawn and dusk, the colour of the area changes from a deep indigo to bright pink, orange or red and sometimes even green. This makes for an unforgettable experience and some amazing photo opportunities. The return walk to the top of the summit takes a full day to complete, but if you’re looking for something easier, there are a variety of shorter walk trails nearby.

The Summit Trail takes you to the top of Mt Augustus - photo by Pelusey Photography

 

10.  Eagle View Trail, Perth Hills

Distance: 15km loop
Difficulty: Grade 3
Time: Half Day

Driving distance from Perth: 30km (40 minutes) east. (10km, 12 minutes from Mundaring) 

 

The Eagle View Trail is everything that a bushwalk should be.  This 15km trail offers beautiful jarrah and wandoo woodlands, pretty waterfalls, sweeping views and spectacular wildflowers in spring. Weaving its way through the valleys of John Forrest National Park, the trail is easy to follow with signposts every two kilometres informing you of how far you have walked and how far you have to go.  Another bonus of this hike is that it is only a 40-minute drive from Perth making it a perfect weekend adventure for city dwellers.

View to the Perth CBD from the Eagle View Trail - photo by Melissa Stretch

 

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