Bushwalking is one of the most enjoyable activities Western Australia has on offer, and there are some spectacular well-maintained tracks and trails to get you closer to the real outback. Many pass through towns, so are perfect for either short or long hikes, and some are suitable for cycling.
A world-class long distance track, it sprawls 967km from Kalamunda in the eastern outskirts of Perth, to Albany in the Great Southern region of the South West. The track heads through some of the most wild and spectacular scenery in Western Australia, passing through 9 towns along the way. This makes it suitable for any length of trip, from a day, to joining the club of end-to-enders who have completed the whole track. The ideal time to walk the Bibbulmun is autumn or spring, when the colours and scents of the wildflowers are heady and the forests are at their most magnificent.
Cape to Cape Track
This very popular track hugs the South West coast for 135km from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin in the Margaret River region. Walkers are led through beautiful woodlands and forest, and sections along the beach. It is designed to bring visitors closer to the natural environment of the South West whilst creating as little disturbance as possible. The Cape to Cape can be completed in 5-7 days.
Munda Biddi Trail
Western Australia's premier off-road cycle trail winds for 1,000km from Mundaring in the Perth Hills to Albany on the South Coast making it the longest off-road cycle track in the world. The name means 'path through the forest' in Nyoongar language. The track has sections with varying degrees of difficulty and parts are accessible by car so riders can start their journey from a number of different locations.
Bushwalking is a great way to see the state, but please consider taking the following preceautions to ensure your safety whilst in the great outdoors.
Wear sturdy but comfortable shoes or boots, long sleeved shirts and pants to protect against prickly vegetation, insect bites and sun exposure. Take a light raincoat, a hat for protection and good quality sunscreen, plus a first aid kit and insect repellent. If you are taking an extended or difficult walk, notify at least two people of your whereabouts. Walk in a party of at least two people so that if one person is injured there are people who can be sent to get help. It is essential that at least one person in your group has first aid experience. Make sure you carry at least 2 litres of water for each person every day. Take care not to trample sensitive areas such as moss-covered rock, sand dune vegetation or steep slopes.
This is very general information courtesy of the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service. Before you head into the bush ensure that you are well informed and well prepared.