Blackwood campsite tents
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Duration
4 Days

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Distance
58 kms

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Difficulty
Medium

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Tour
Group


Tour Description

The Bibbulmun (Bib) Track stretches 1003 kms from Kalamunda to Albany and is Western Australia’s longest walking trail.

Join us for a 56 km multi-day hiking adventure from Balingup to Donnelly River and be totally immersed in the Southern Forests!

Hiking from the Golden Valley Tree Park in Balingup, through the Jarrah forests of Greenbushes, across rolling hills to the Blackwood Valley then finishing off this 3-day hiking adventure by trekking through the towering Karri trees into Donnelly River Valley.

You will experience parts of the South West of Western Australia that are only accessible on foot on this 4-day adventure off the beaten track in WA!

This is a multi-day hiking experience carrying your own gear and being completely immersed in nature for 3 full days.

Check out the full itinerary below for more information!


Experience Includes

3 x days of guided hiking
2 x nights camping at Bibbulmun Track shelters
1 x night accommodation at Donnelly River Village
OTBT Overnight Hiking Kit Hire
Transport from Perth to Balingup
Transport from Donnelly River back to Perth
2 x trail breakfasts
3 x trail lunches
2 x trail dinners
1 x home-cooked celebration dinner
1 x home-cooked breakfast
Trail snacks for each day
Sea to Summit Premium Aeros pillow – yours to keep!
Information session
Access to all OTBT photographs
50% discount on OTBT Endurance Hikes (training)
Jody SIong Bibbulmun Marker
Bridge Bibbulmun

Itinerary

Itinerary:

Day 1 | (Departing 7am)Drive Day & Balingup – Blackwood Campsite (17.4km) 

After driving down to Balingup, we kick off our 3 days on the track by walking through the beautiful Golden Valley Tree Park as we leave the Balingup town center. You’ll continue walking through rolling hills, alongside farmlands and down country roads before heading across the old tram line where the trail transitions to forest. After a short ascent, we will reach a lookout point and stop to admire the beautiful vistas and take in the serenity. We will then pass the Mt Jones Dam (a remnant of the Vultan Mine) before hiking through some more jarrah forest until the landscape opens up into beautiful rolling farmland with quaint farmhouses, grazing cows and a juvenile pine plantation in the distance. One last short steep climb between the plantations to the rim of the Blackwood River Valley and you’ll reach the Blackwood Campsite. As we enjoy a hearty hot dinner, we’ll reminisce day one of our big adventure and watch the sun set at arguably one of the best locations along the Bibbulmun Track.

Day 2 |  Blackwood Campsite – Gregory Brook Campsite (18.2 km)

Our second day on the track commences with a steep descent down ‘Cardiac Hill’ into the Blackwood River Valley. After passing the historic Southampton Homestead, we’ll enjoy a gentle stroll along the river banks to the Southampton Bridge. This is a beautiful spot to sit and reflect on the journey so far whilst you take a small break before the climbing starts. The climb will be well worth it as the views you’ll get from the top are breathtaking! The trail transitions with the introduction of old railway formations with thick lush undergrowth and a flatter gradient, making the rest of today’s journey quite gentle. Through the trees, you’ll spot Millstream Dam, which supplies water to the town of Bridgetown.

As you near Gregory Brook, the Jarrah/Marri forest becomes much more dense. Just south of Wetherly Road, you’ll encounter your first Karri trees—a beautiful majestic eucalypt—along this section of the Bibbulmun. The forest changes again with the typical southern Jarrah forest understory featuring tassel bush, water bush, soap bush and the very pretty tree hovea. Nestled deep in the forest is the Gregory Brook shelter, your home for the evening!

Day 3 | Gregory Brook Campsite – Donnelly River Village (22.5km)

Today you’ll be completely immersed in the majestic Karri forest from about 3km into your hike. The thick Karri, Marri, and Jarrah forest is absolutely superb and the thick understory with blooming wildflowers is just breathtaking! You will soon reach a spur trail that takes you to Karri Gully, a great spot to stop and take a break. Following the old Willow Bridge formation, the track enters a deep dark forest where you’ll cross many gullies on little wooden bridges, giving it a very enchanted feel. 

As we reach Willow Springs (an old mill that is now a picnic site), the scenery gets better and better. You’ll feel like you are hiking through an endless maze of gullies, fallen moss covered trees, tall karri trees and colourful undergrowth throughout this section, so we’ll take is slow to appreciate it in all its glory! The final stretch into Donnelly River follows a series of 4×4 tracks that provide the perfect opportunity to admire the size of the Karri Forrest. Before you know it, you’ll be greeted by friendly emus and kangaroos – signifying you have completed Day 3 and your Balingup Multi-Day Hiking Experience along the Bibbulmun Track!

After a hot shower, we’ll enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal and celebrate our adventure together before sleeping in a comfortable bed at Donnelly River Village.

Day 4 | (Arrive back in Perth by 2pm)
Check out & drive back to Perth

After 3 days on the Bibbulmun Track and hiking an impressive 58 kms, you will be picked up and can relax as we drive you back to Perth. You will feel empowered and invigorated, with plenty of amazing memories and stories to tell!

Tour Terrain & Experience Level

Fitness Level: A medium level of fitness is required for these hikes. You do not need to have overnight hiking experience; we will guide you through the packing and preparation and even assist you with some training suggestions. During the hike, we will be going at a pace where we will enjoy the journey as well as the destination.

Tour Departure Point

Departing from: South of the River pick up location, near Baldivis. Location will be provided once you have booked. 

What to Bring?

OTBT Overnight Hiking Kit
The following kit will be issued for you to use for the multi-day hike (and returned upon completion):
Hiking poles
Own tent (or shared if preferred)
Sleeping mat
65lt backpack
Hiking stove with gas
Lightweight pot set
Mug, Bowl, Spoon
Head torch
Water purification tablets
Dry sack for food storage
Dry sack for clean clothes storage

Please note: You will be required to pay a security bond of $500 for the use of the OTBT Hiking Kit. This will be refunded back to you once the kit has been returned in full and in good condition.

You will be issued with a packing list of other items you will require for the event such as a sleeping bag, hiking clothes, toiletries etc.

Payment

Payment: To secure your place on this tour you can either pay in full or pay a 33% deposit. With 66% of the tour amount due 90 days prior to tour departure and final payment due 30 days prior to tour departure.

Places are strictly limited. To join Off The Beaten Track WA for this Tour BOOK NOW!

Booking & Cancellation Policy

Booking & Cancellation Policy for OTBT Multi day Tours

No shows and cancellations received within 30 days of tour departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Cancellations received 30 days – 60 days prior to departure date will incur a 50% cancellation fee. If more than 60 days notice provided a refund will be offered minus 15% fee retained to cover booking and administrative costs.

Tour Location

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    Excellent experience on the Christmas Creek hike this morning.

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    Great time last night doing moonlight walk. Well organised and professional staff - 10/02/2020 

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COVID_19 Measures

We encourage all hikers to keep a distance of 1.5m away from others and utilise the hand sanitizer available whilst on our hikes. If you are unwell, please stay at home, and we’ll do the same. If the sharing of food is still not deemed safe by this event start date, trail snacks will be provide as an alternative to gourmet morning tea.