The Bibbulmun (Bib) Track stretches 1003 kms from Kalamunda to Albany and is Western Australia’s longest walking trail.
Join as for a 56 km multi-day hiking adventure from Balingup to Donnelly River and be totally immersed in the Southern Forests! 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 by foot on this 4 day adventure off the beaten track in WA!
Day 1 | Saturday 14 November 2020 (Departing 7am)
Drive Day & Balingup – Blackwood Campsite 17.4kms
After driving down to Balingup we’ll kick off our 3 days on the track by walking through the beautiful Golden Valley Tree Park as we leave Balingup. 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. After passing the Mt Jones Dam (a remnant of the Vultan Mine) we will hike 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 about day one of our big adventure and watch the sunset at arguably one of the best locations along the Bibbulmun Track.
Day 2 | Sunday 15 November 2020
Blackwood Campsite – Gregory Brook Campsite 18.2 kms
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 rd you’ll encounter your first Karri trees along this section of the Bibbulmun – a beautiful majestic eucalypt! 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 Gregory Brook shelter, your home for the evening!
Day 3 | Monday 16 November 2020
Gregory Brook Campsite – Donnelly River Village 22.5kms
Today you’ll be completely immersed in the majestic Karri forest from about 3km into your hike. The thick Karri, Marri, 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 passing friendly emus and kangaroos – signifying you have completed day 3 and your Blackwood 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 | Tuesday 17 November 2020 (Arrive back to Perth by 2pm)
Check out & drive back to Perth
After 3 days on the Bibbulmun Track and hiking an impressive 56 kms, you will be picked up and can relax as we drive you back to the city. You will feel empowered and invigorated, with plenty of amazing memories and stories to tell!
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!
Access to all OTBT photographs
50% discount on OTBT Endurance Hikes (training)
OTBT Overnight Hiking Kit
The following kit will be issued for you to use for the multi-day hike (and returned upon completion):
Own tent (or shared if preferred)
Hiking stove with gas
Lightweight pot set
Mug, Bowl, Spoon
Water purification tablets
Dry sack for food storage
Dry sack for clean clothes storage
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.
Departing from:South of the River pick up location, near Baldivis. Location will be provided once you have booked.
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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