Drawing a curved line from the Perth hills to the historic whaling town of Albany, through a part of Australia famous for spring wildflower spectaculars and tall timbers, the 963km Bibbulmun Track is the granddad of bushwalking Western Australia tracks.
Its name celebrates the the Bibbulmun people, the pre-European inhabitants of the region, who walked long distances for ceremonies and to trade. Track markers feature Waugal, the rainbow serpent of Aboriginal creation mythology.
The Bibbulmun does not follow traditional travel routes; it does, however, snake through forests of monster tingles and towering karri, handsome granite boulder country and coastal heathland often embroidered with flowers. Canoes are provided at several inlet crossings and there are 48 hiker-only campsites, with wooden shelters.
Enjoyable loop and one-way day walks show off the diverse country it traverses but the Bibbulmun’s main fan base is a mix of overnight hikers and adventurous end-to-enders with 6-8 weeks and a few kilograms of body weight to spare. The Sullivan Rock to Monadnocks loop is arguably the best Bibbulmun short walks and one of Australia’s best day walks.