Walking and Hiking Trails

Walking and Hiking Trails

Walking and Hiking

Walking or hiking 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.

Heading out to the coast you can take a captivating walk along the Cape to Cape Track starting at Cape Leeuwin, the meeting point of the Southern and Indian oceans. This trail has spectacular coastal scenery, fascinating geology and sensational wildflowers such as Vanilla Orchids, Wisteria, Clematis, Coastal Pimelea and Fan flowers.

Walk trails and tours

Whether you are after a short stroll or a multi-day hiking adventure, there’s a trail to suit your interests and ability. Here’s some of the most popular trails and tours in Australia’s South West.
One of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000 kilometres from Perth to Albany.
Take a tour of stunning destinations within Collie River Valley.
Multi-day walk trail 123 kilometres along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between Yallingup and Augusta.
Explore the true nature of Margaret River with a Cape to Cape hiking tour.
Guided, small group walking holidays – Bibbulmun Track, Cape to Cape Track and Stirling Ranges.
Hiking experiences and adventure tours exploring the South West.

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.

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.

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Looking for some inspiration? Read up on these hiking and trail experiences and plan your next adventure.

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