Join us for a 62 km multi-day hiking adventure from Kalamunda to Dale Rd in the Darling Ranges and be taken on a scenic journey over granite outcrops, through eucalyptus and wandoo forests and across undulating landscape. You will see parts of the Darling Ranges that are remote and only accessible by foot on this 4 day adventure off the beaten track in WA!

Tour Dates
Saturday 24 October – Tuesday 27 October 2020

Itinerary:

Day 1 | Kalamunda – Hewitt’s Hill Campsite 12.1 kms 
(Departing 10am)

Kicking off at the Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus (Kalamunda), we will travel through the former golf course that is now known as Jorgensen Park and into Kalamunda National Park. Following the creek line of Piesse Brook downwards we will admire spectacular valley views before we start heading up hill past granite outcrops and boulders and through lush mixed Jarrah forest. Shortly after we pass the Camel Farm the track levels out and it is only a short 2.5km until we reach ‘home’ for the night at Hewitt’s Hill Campsite.

Day 2|Hewitt’s Hill Campsite  – Helena Campsite 21.5 kms

After a tasty trail breakfast you will pack up camp and begin day two, which is a long day compared to day one, but the first half is relatively easy and flat. Passing numerous granite outcrops on your way to South Ledge, you will begin to understand the beauty of the Darling Ranges. As you approach the Mundaring Weir and Lake CY O’Connor you will marvel in its beauty and after reading the interpretive signage have an appreciation of the work that went into building this impressive structure regarded as one of the world’s great engineering projects. After crossing the weir, you will head past the Mundaring Weir Hotel and onto the Perth Hills Discovery Centre. From here it is a gentle descent to Ball Creek Campsite for a well deserved break and tasty trail lunch.

Once recharged, you’ll pop the pack back on and hit the trail for part two of your day. Your afternoon hiking session start off quite gentle as the first couple of kms follows a nice flat forestry management track out of Ball Creek. As you begin to descend into the forest the trail becomes very lush with an abundance of bracken ferns, large trees and thick undergrowth that will lead you to a series of granite platforms nearby a creek – the perfect place to stop for some quiet contemplation.  As you follow Mann’s Gully the forest transitions into beautiful Wandoo woodlands which leads you to the start of the big ascent for the day up to Helena Campsite. Take a break from your ascent at the lookout and admire views over the Helena River Valley and Lake CY O’Connor before you head back into the forest from some more Wandoo before the steep descent down to Helena Campsite to set up camp and enjoy those epic sunset views! Congratulations – you just completed the biggest and toughest day on your Darling Ranges Multi-Day Hike!

Day 3| Helena Campsite – Waalegh Campsite 9.6 kms

Today you’ll enjoy your delicious trail breakfast whilst surrounded by picturesque Helena River Valley views – what a way to start the day! Today will be your shortest day, but with some great climbs that’ll get the blood pumping! As as you know what goes down, must come up, so expect a steep ascent out of Helena to start your third day of hiking. The following few kms are relatively flat/slightly downhill which allow for comfortable hiking as you enjoy the views down to Chinaman’s Gully from one of the many granite platforms along the trail. As you near the Helena River crossing the fresh scent of Karri Hazel greets you and the trail morphs from Wandoo to Jarrah and then back again to Wandoo in the blink of an eye. This is such a special section of the Bib! Arriving at Waalegh Campsite just after lunch time, you’ll get a great opportunity to rest, take in the views and reminisce about what your amazing journey so far. Whilst you enjoy your tasty hot meal you’ll have a front row seat to amazing sunset views over the valley too!

Day 4| Waalegh Campsite – Dale Rd 17.9 kms
(Arrive back to Kalamunda by 5pm)

The final stretch! If you’re an early riser you’ll be greeted by spectacular views of the mist rolling through the valley as the sun rises. After your last trail breaky and a hot cuppa, you’ll pack up camp and hit the Bib for your last day of hiking for this adventure. The first section of the day is a fairly relaxed hike to Beraking Campsite following the ridge above the Darkin Valley. The scenery throughout this section is primarily Wandoo forest lined with Karri Hazel and the occasional Acacia Wattle broken up with moss covered granite outcrop. After a short break and some lunch at Beraking Campsite you will head uphill along side a lush pine plantation before heading back into Eucalyptus/Wandoo forest dotted with Winter blooms. Throughout this section you will climb almost 400m over 7kms up to the peak of Mt Dale. Despite the Mt Dale Circuit not being part of the Bibbulmun Track, the trails intersect and the Mt Dale Circuit takes you around the peak showcasing views of Mt Vincent, Mt Cuthbert and Mt Cooke in the distance – an amazing way to finish your 4 day adventure off the beaten track!

Includes:

Experience Includes:
4 x days of guided hiking
3 x nights camping at Bibbulmun Track shelters
OTBT Overnight Hiking Kit Hire
Transport from end point at Dale Rd, back to start point
3 x trail breakfasts
4 x trail lunches
4 x trail dinners (Campers Pantry freeze dried)
trail snacks for each day
Sea to Summit Premium Aeros pillow – yours to keep!
Information session
Access to all OTBT photographs

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

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. You will be responsible for looking after the OTBT Overnight Hiking Kit and returning it in the same condition as you hired it.

Departing from: Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus, Kalamunda,  (opposite Coles).

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.

Your Guide: Michelle Ryan will be your Off The Beaten Track WA guide for this Darling Ranges Multi-day Hiking Experience!

Michelle Ryan is walkingtwobytwo, a Western Australian hiker that has hiked many a trail throughout the world and especially here in her homeland of Australia, favouring the long distance trails!

She is a Freelance Writer, a published Author and Documentarian; having much of her work in numerous magazines throughout the world and also online. Michelle produced a documentary, Bibbulmun Journeys, in 2018 on the 1003km Bibbulmun Track that showcases its beauty and the people who love it, walk it and care for it.

In 2018 she published her first book, The Capes, this is a guidebook to walking the popular Western Australian Coastal Track, the Cape to Cape. In 2019 she published her second book, Feed the Hike, a book about sustaining your hike through Mind, Body and Diet. Recently, Michelle also started a YouTube channel –
walkingtwobytwo, to share more of her hiking wisdom

“In my life my hope is to encourage more people to get outside and experience nature and explore what this world really has to offer us other than what is in our immediate surroundings.”

Off The Beaten Track WA provide a trained and experienced Lead Guide for their hikes, carry two-way communication devices, a personal location beacon and is a fully licensed, insured and accredited tourism business aiming to provide hiking experiences with a twist!

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Booking & Cancellation Policy for OTBT Multi day Tours
No shows and cancellations received within 7 days of tour departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Cancellations received 1 week (7 days) – 2 weeks (14 days) prior to departure date will incur a 50% cancellation fee. If more than 14 days notice provided a refund will be offered minus 15% fee retained to cover booking and administrative costs.