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Exploring the Darling Range on a Bibbulmun Multi-Day Hike

38 Railway Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076, Australia

Activity provided by Off The Beaten Track WA

5 days (approx.) - English

Off The Beaten Track WA

Join us for a 73 km multi-day hiking adventure from Kalamunda to Brookton Hwy in the Darling Ranges and be taken on a scenic journey over granite outcrops, through eucalyptus and wandoo forests and across undulating landscape.

Highlights
  • Explore the beauty of the Darling Ranges on a 73 km multi-day hiking adventure
  • Admire spectacular valley views, granite outcrops and boulders, lush mixed Jarrah forest and Wandoo woodlands
  • Cross the Mundaring Weir and Lake CY O’Connor, one of the world’s great engineering projects
  • Enjoy delicious trail breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Fully licensed, insured and accredited tourism business with a trained and experienced Lead Guide
Description

The Bibbulmun (Bib) Track stretches 1003 kms from Kalamunda to Albany and is Western Australia’s longest walking trail.

Join us for a 73 km multi-day hiking adventure from Kalamunda to Brookton Hwy in the Darling Ranges and be taken on a scenic journey over granite outcrops, through eucalyptus and wandoo forests and across undulating landscape. You will see parts of the Darling Ranges that are remote and only accessible by foot on this 5 day adventure off the beaten track in WA!

Itinerary:

Day 1 | Friday (Departing 10am)
Kalamunda – Hewitt’s Hill Campsite 12.1 kms 

Kicking off at the Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus (Kalamunda), we will travel through the former golf course that is now known as Jorgensen Park and into Kalamunda National Park. Following the creek line of Piesse Brook downwards we will admire spectacular valley views before we start heading up hill past granite outcrops and boulders and through lush mixed Jarrah forest. Shortly after we pass the Camel Farm the track levels out and it is only a short 2.5km until we reach ‘home’ for the night at Hewitt’s Hill Campsite.

Day 2 | Saturday 
Hewitt’s Hill Campsite  – Helena Campsite 21.5 kms

After a tasty trail breakfast you will pack up camp and begin day two, which is a long day compared to day one, though the first half is relatively easy and flat. Passing numerous granite outcrops on your way to South Ledge, you will begin to understand the beauty of the Darling Ranges. As you approach the Mundaring Weir and Lake CY O’Connor you will marvel in its beauty and after reading the interpretive signage have an appreciation of the work that went into building this impressive structure regarded as one of the world’s great engineering projects. After crossing the weir, you will head past the Mundaring Weir Hotel and onto the Perth Hills Discovery Centre. From here it is a gentle descent to Ball Creek Campsite for a well deserved break and tasty trail lunch.

Once recharged, you’ll pop the pack back on and hit the trail for part two of your day. Your afternoon hiking session start off quite gentle as the first couple of kms follows a nice flat forestry management track out of Ball Creek. As you begin to descend into the forest the trail becomes very lush with an abundance of bracken ferns, large trees and thick undergrowth that will lead you to a series of granite platforms nearby a creek – the perfect place to stop for some quiet contemplation.  As you follow Mann’s Gully the forest transitions into beautiful Wandoo woodlands which leads you to the start of the big ascent for the day up to Helena Campsite. Take a break from your ascent at the lookout and admire views over the Helena River Valley and Lake CY O’Connor before you head back into the forest from some more Wandoo before the steep descent down to Helena Campsite to set up camp and enjoy those epic sunset views! Congratulations – you just completed the biggest and toughest day on your Darling Ranges Multi-Day Hike!

Day 3 | Sunday 
Helena Campsite – Beraking Campsite 18.3 kms

Today you’ll enjoy your delicious trail breakfast whilst surrounded by picturesque Helena River Valley views – what a way to start the day! Although today is your shortest it won’t disappoint with some great heart pumping climbs and views to enjoy! As you know what goes down, must come up, so expect a steep ascent out of Helena to start your third day of hiking. The following few kms are relatively flat/slightly downhill which allow for comfortable hiking as you enjoy the views down to Chinaman’s Gully from one of the many granite platforms along the trail. Nearing the Helena River crossing the fresh scent of Karri Hazel greets you and the trail morphs from Wandoo to Jarrah and then back again to Wandoo in the blink of an eye. This is such a special section of the Bib! Arriving at Waalegh Campsite, we’ll stop to have some lunch and a break and take in the beautiful valley views that surround us!

After lunch we’ll hit the track for a fairly relaxed afternoon of hiking to Beraking Campsite. Following the ridge above the Darkin Valley, the scenery throughout this section is primarily Wandoo forest lined with Karri Hazel and the occasional Acacia Wattle broken up with moss covered granite outcrop.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner as we soak in the views from the campsite and reminisce about our journey so far!

Day 4 | Monday
Beraking Campsite – Mt Dale Campsite 11.6 kms

After we’ve enjoyed breakfast and packed up camp, we almost immediately head uphill along side a lush pine plantation before heading back into Eucalyptus/Wandoo forest dotted with Winter blooms. Throughout this section you will climb almost 400m over 7kms! This section is notorious for amazing wildflowers so be sure to have the camera ready! After we pass Dale Road the track is relatively easy but quite sandy as we pass through sheoak and open jarrah forest. We’ll arrive at camp and pitch out tents amongst the Kingia Balgas for our final night on the track.

Day 5 | Tuesday (Arrive back to Kalamunda by 5pm)
Mt Dale Campsite – Brookton Hwy 10.3 kms

The final stretch! Today we’ll continue on along the Bibbulmun for our final 10kms of forest therapy!

The landscape and forest continues to be filled with sheoak, banksias, grass trees and jarrah with plenty of wildflowers to be spotted along the forest floor. We’ll stop at the new rammed earth style shelter at Brookton Campsite for morning tea before our final few kilometres to our rendezvous point at Brookton Hwy by lunch time. Congratulations you have just hiked 73kms through the Darling Range! 

Experience Includes:

5 x days of guided hiking
4 x nights camping at Bibbulmun Track shelters
OTBT Overnight Hiking Kit Hire (incl in full package)
Transport from end point at Brookton Hwy, back to Kalamunda
4 x trail breakfasts
4 x trail lunches
4 x trail dinners
trail snacks for each day
Preparation pack
Access to all OTBT photographs

Pricing

Hike Experience Package: $795pp

Hike Experience + Overnight Equipment Kit Hire: $895pp

Individual Equipment Hire Available:

65ltr backpack

1 person tent

2 person tent (to share with a pal)

Sea to Summit sleeping mat

Stove & Pot set

Or make life easy and hire the full Overnight Hiking Kit which includes the below (pricing as per above):

OTBT Overnight Hiking Kit

Hiking poles

Own tent (or shared if preferred)

Sleeping mat

65lt backpack

Hiking stove with gas

Lightweight pot set

Mug, Bowl, Spoon

Head torch

Water purification tablets

Dry sack for food storage

Dry sack for clean clothes storage

Upon registration, you will be issued with a client information pack which contains a training plan, packing list, copy of itinerary and other useful information.

Departing from: Northern Terminus, Kalamunda at 10am. Please arrive by 9:30am for gear checks and brief. You can park your car in the Visitors Centre car park OR get dropped off. If you do not have transport, please contact us to enquire about our private CBD pick up service.

Fitness Level: A medium level of fitness is required for these hikes. You do not need to have overnight hiking experience, however it is advantageous to have done at least one overnight hiker before embarking on a multi-day journey. 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. We do recommend you train for this 5 day hiking experience – a training plan will be emailed to yo upon booking!

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!

To view other Off The Beaten Track WA events and tours please click here!

Itinerary

– A 73 km multi-day hiking adventure
– Scenic journey over granite outcrops, through eucalyptus and wandoo forests and across undulating landscape
– Remote parts of the Darling Ranges only accessible by foot
– Spectacular valley views
– Mundaring Weir and Lake CY O’Connor
– Lush mixed Jarrah forest
– Granite platforms
– Bracken ferns, large trees and thick undergrowth
– Heart pumping climbs and views
– Fresh scent of Karri Hazel
– Wandoo woodlands
– Big ascent
– Lookout with views over the Helena River Valley and Lake CY O’Connor
– Moss covered granite outcrop
– Karri Hazel and Acacia Wattle
– Pine plantation
– Eucalyptus/Wandoo forest
– Wildflowers
– Kingia Balgas
– Sheoak, banksias, grass trees and jarrah
– Rammed earth style shelter
– Delicious trail breakfasts, lunches and dinners
– Epic sunset views
– Quiet contemplation
– Heart pumping climbs and views
– Spectacular valley views
– Training plan
– Packing list
– Copy of itinerary
– Gear checks
– Brief
– Private CBD pick up service
– Experienced Lead Guide
– Two-way communication devices
– Personal location beacon

Starting Location
38 Railway Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076, Australia.
Itineraries are subject to change.
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