Some shorter walks
South West Forests gives more information about the forests, including details of day walks in the Jarrah forest and Karri forest.
A five day walk along the Bibbulmun track from Donnelly River to Pemberton, takes in the best of the Karri Forest. Some organisation is still required to provide transport to and from the start and finish points though.
The easiest walks to organise are those that form a circuit starting and finishing at the same point. Several good examples of this are described in Jane Scott's book "Walking the Capes", which details some good day walks in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.
Cooler weather, together with the wild and diverse scenery of the South West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia, provide some great opportunities for bushwalking throughout the year. Included among these are the mountain walks in the Stirling Range, coastal walks along the south coast and up through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, and forest walks through the tall trees that still cover much of the South West.
The map of South West Australia gives some idea of where these places are in relation to Perth and further information on the walks can be found below.
The Bibbulmun Track
This well maintained, long distance track passes through the best of the South West Forests on its long journey from Kalamunda, in the Perth hills, to Albany on the states south coast. A distance of nearly one thousand kilometres. Camp sites and basic huts for walkers are situated roughly every twenty kilometres. More information can be found at www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au .
The Cape to Cape Track
A great walk following the spectacular coastline between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Parks. The one hundred and thirty five kilometres of mostly marked track takes up to a week to complete. "The Cape to Cape Track Guide Book" by Jane Scott and Ray Forma, published by Cape to Cape Publishing, is strongly recommended.
Further information can be found at www.capetocapetrack.com.au .
The Stirling Ridge Walk
This twenty five to thirty kilometre walk, in the Stirling Range National Park, challenges the toughest of bushwalkers.
Details of the 3 day hike over the rugged mountain ridge between Bluff Knoll and Ellen's Peak are in "Mountain Walks in the Stirling Range - Part 2" . Latest updates to the ridge walk can be found at the Stirling Ridge walk
The Stirling Range
Many shorter walk trails lead to the more popular mountain peaks and these are all detailed in "The Mountain Walks in the Stirling Range" books. Some of the peaks and walk tracks have been closed off and details of the closures are in the Stirling Range