Walking is a great way to experience the natural landscapes of an area and there is no shortage of walking trails in Australia's South West that pass through some of the region's most striking landscapes. Whether you are after a short stroll or a hiking adventure, there’s a trail to suit your interests and ability.
Below are some of the most popular walking trails in the region, however for a comprehensive list of walking trails in Australia’s South West, visit the TrailsWA website. To ensure you enjoy the region’s many walking trails without impacting on the natural environment, see Leave No Trace Australia for helpful hints and tips.
One of the most recognised walks in the region is the Bibbulmun Track, which stretches for nearly 1,000 kilometres between Kalamunda in Perth and Albany on the south coast. Opened on the 13th of September 1998 the award-winning Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walk trails. The track runs through or near the towns of Collie, Balingup, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole and Denmark before finishing in Albany. Along its path are areas of old growth forest, pretty farmland, rugged coastal cliffs and remote beaches. It even passes near some of the region’s most popular attractions like the Gloucester Tree in Pemberton and the Tree Top Walk near Walpole.
Cape to Cape Track
Spanning 135 kilometres between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the Margaret River region, the Cape to Cape Track offers beautiful coastal scenery, much of which is inaccessible by car. Between June and December, walkers can spot whales migrating off the coast, and wildflower season between August and November adds another attraction for walkers. Companies offer end-to-end services, transfers and everything in between. All guests to the region can access the track easily enough for a gentle walk or an afternoon of adventure.
Other walking trails in Australia's South West
Mangrove Cove, Bunbury
In the Leschenault Inlet, the southern-most mangroves in Western Australia are home to over 60 species of water bird. Follow the easy, 5km trail along the edge of the inlet, where you can read about the adventures and mishaps of early explorers
Crooked Brook Forest Wildflower Walk near Dardanup
Short sealed walk trail that is wheelchair accessible and ideal for viewing wildflowers in spring
Jabitj Trail, Wellington National Park near Collie
The 12km return walk trail begins at Wellington Dam and follows the Collie River to Honeymoon Pool, passing through old-growth jarrah forest and over steep granite outcrops, offering wonderful views of the rapids and the tranquil pools of the Collie River
Kondil Park Wildflower Walk, Nannup
The wildflower walk in Kondil Park on the Blackwood River offers spectacular views in spring when the forest floor becomes a carpet of colour
Greenbushes Loop Walk
A lovely 15km walk with a 5km walk through waterways, heritage, nature and rehabilitation sites, which joins the Bibbulmun Track for 5km finishing with a 5km return to Greenbushes
Meelup Reserve Trail, near Dunsborough
Starting in Old Dunsborough, the 14.8km return trail takes you on an adventure past rustic beach shacks, rugged coastline and through shady peppermint forest before reaching what is arguably one of WA’s best beaches - Meelup Beach. The areas you pass are only accessible on foot
Wadandi Track, Margaret River
A dual purpose, 23km trail from Margaret River takes you on a gentle, flat walk through forest, pines and farmland
Great Forest Trees Walk, Shannon National Park near Pemberton
A medium 8 km return walk that follows old forestry track. The trail is steep in places, particularly where it crosses the Shannon River
Point D'Entrecasteaux Cliff Top Walk, Windy Harbour
A 1.3km (one way) marked walking trail follows the cliff tops around Point D'Entrecasteaux, and has four lookouts with dramatic views over the ocean. Whales can be spotted from here in season
Mount Frankland near Walpole
A 1.5km walk trail that meanders around the base of Mount Frankland and through karri forest. A steep one km trail branches off to the top of this granite peak
Karri Walk, Denmark
A pleasant walk winding through a reserve of paperbark, yate and karri, to the inlet. It can be walked one way, or in conjunction with the Mokare Trail. Take your picnic basket and enjoy peace among the trees
Monkey Rock Denmark
A walk that leads to Monkey Rock, a spectacular granite outcrop on the southern slope of Mt Hallowell. Offers 270 degree views over the surrounding karri forest, southern coastline and Wilson Inlet
Ellen Cove to Albany Port
A medium 6km return walk. This walk trail includes Middleton Beach and is great for whale watching
Bald Head Walk, Torndirrup National Park near Albany
A strenuous 12.5km return walk over Isthmus Hill and Limestone Head, finishing at Bald Head, the most eastern point of the park. Offers great coastal views and is a good place for spotting whales
Castle Rock - Porongurup National Park
A 3-km return walk that takes two hours of medium difficulty and leads to the famous balancing rock and continues to stand on Castle Rock; a lookout platform attached to the side of a giant granite peak.
Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range
The climb to the top of Bluff Knoll, WA’s third highest peak, is a challenging 6km return walk. On a clear day, the views are well worth the climb. Always check weather conditions before commencing this walk