3 Day Southern Coastal Vistas

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3 day trek Denmark to Albany

This section of the 1000km Bibbulmun Track offers sheltered swimming spots and some of the best uninterrupted scenery along the south coast. The track takes you beside sheltered white-sand coves with crystal clear water, you camp at secluded campsites, surrounded by a wild coastline, idyllic countryside, pristine national parks and natural bushland, blanketed with wildflowers. You climb from the beaches to the cliff tops with views over the crystal clear blue Southern Ocean and finish with lovely views over Albany and the Princess Royal Harbour.

 

Tour length: 3 days, starts and finishes in Denmark, 4-6 hours walking per day

This section of the 1000km Bibbulmun Track contains spectacular coastal vistas and pristine beaches. Migrating whales pass off the coast at Torndirrup National Park, where steep cliffs give way to dramatic rock formations.

Difficulty:  Easy/Medium

Day 1 the trail meanders gently up and down the coast over firm sand dunes descending to our campsite. Day 2, is a short steep back onto the track, we time the 2km beach to be at low tide making for easy gorgeous walking. Day 3 starts with a short beach walk and then a climb up the wooden stairs at Mutton Bird Island for gorgeous views looking back to where we have come from, then continues over firm sand dunes, wooden walkways, generally easy walking.

Day prior to depart, 5 pm onwards

Meeting place:  Ocean Beach Caravan Park, Denmark

Here your tent and comfortable bed will be awaiting your arrival.  Secure vehicle storage for the 3 days of walking has been arranged with the caravan park and is inclusive of your tour cost.

Day one: Denmark to Shelley Beach   17.6km

After our transfer from Denmark to the Bibbulmun Track, we climb gently onto the coastal escarpment and enter West Cape Howe National Park. Expansive ocean views and views inland to the Porongurups, Stirling Ranges and even Mt Manypeaks east of Albany. So many photo opportunities, we take our time to immerse and meander. Shelley Beach is tucked in a sheltered little bay on the east side of West Cape Howe, its waters ranging from emerald to deep blue.

Day two: Shelley Beach to West Torbay  13km

This section of track also offers superb coastal walking, many panoramic vistas and passes through attractive coastal vegetation, granite outcrops and mature sheoaks to arrive at the idyllic Cosy Corner, Torbay. As we descend, we will be tempted to stop to rest on the white sand beach and perhaps to swim in the clear calm waters.  We continue along the beach to Torbay Inlet and walk inland beside the waters to our small camp. The inlet makes for a rejuvenating freshwater swim. Also try your luck to catch a black bream.

Day three: West Torbay to Albany 23km

The south coast beaches vary dramatically depending on the season and the prevailing weather. We cross Torbay Inlet along the sandbar, or we wade through shallow waters and continue along the expanse of beach to Mutton Bird Island. We climb stairs up to the lookout to enjoy the great views back along the expanse of Torbay and West Cape Howe. We stay up high along the weaving in and around the steeper ridges, with spectacular Southern Ocean vistas. There are many wooden seats providing welcome stopping points on the high ridges – the waters below are so clear, watch out for the dolphins surfing below. We enter Torndirrup National Park which produces a remarkable array of wildflowers and then turn north toward Albany. We enjoy views over Albany and the Princess Royal Harbour as we descend from the coastal dunes onto Frenchman Bay Road. The track continues along the foreshore into Albany.

Optional: The trail today is relatively easy, hence you will find the 23km will pass before you know. For those wishing to officially walk every step of the way to the southern trailhead in Albany, it is a further 7.3km along the Princess Royal Harbour.

 

Ex Denmark your day pack trek includes:

Trek poles and gaiters
Twin-share tent with above ground comfortable bed
Duffle bag
Thermal food bag
Fresh fruit & salad
Camp stove, gas, cooking and & eating utensils
Pre-trek group briefing via zoom (3 weeks prior)
3 days of guided hiking

Please note that the dates shown do not include travel to and from Perth.

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You will need:

  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 Dinners

    Optional:
    barbecue meals that you prepare yourselves can be arranged.

BYO Gear

Day pack carry:

  • Day pack (we recommend Osprey)
  • Day pack waterproof cover
  • 2 x one litre water containers, plastic tonic or soda bottles are suitable
  • 2 sachets Hydrolyte Electrolytes
  • 2 hiking snacks and your lunch
  • Fixomul – small roll at chemist to prevent blisters
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

 

Hike clothing:

  • 1 sunhat covering ears and neck
  • 1 pair hike boots or joggers – worn in and comfortable
  • 3 pairs wool socks (swap around)
  • 1 underwear for each day
  • 1 pair of long trousers or shorts – loose and lightweight
  • 1 long-sleeved top, shirt, or short-sleeved t-shirt. You wear the same one for at least 2 days
  • 1 long-sleeved jumper to wear while hiking – lightweight, we recommend wool
  • 1 lightweight rain jacket or poncho

 

Camp gear: (store in duffle bag provided to be transported by Simply Trekking)

  • Sleeping bag – warm, we recommend down (available to hire)
  • Pillow – small and light
  • 1 warm jacket, thermal or polar fleece
  • 1 beanie & gloves if you feel the cold
  • 1 pair camp shoes – hiking sandals, runners
  • 2 loose-fitting pants for camp and sleeping
  • Hiking shirts – sufficient for a clean shirt for every 2nd day
  • 1 pair warm socks to keep feet warm and insects off your feet at night
  • Head torch
  • Travel towel
  • Personal toiletries – travel size
  • Hydrolyte electrolytes – sufficient for 2 per day

 

BYO Food for the trek

Trek Snacks

Very important to eat only low GI whilst trekking to avoid energy highs & lows. Repack an assortment of snacks into daily snap lock bags – 150g per morning, 100g for afternoon (jerky is good for pm).

  • Nuts – almond, cashews, brazils, peanuts
  • Dried fruit – mango, apples, apricots, etc
  • Fruit leather
  • Health food bars (check sugar)
  • Rice crackers, biscuits
  • Jerky
  • Biltong

 

Lunch (Pack in large zip lock bags then prepare for each day hike at breakfast time. Make sure they are easy to prepare and eat on the trail.

  • Pita or mountain break (keeps well in sealed plastic)
  • Boiled eggs
  • Fresh cherry tomatoes
  • Tuna, beans, salad packets
  • Non-refrigerated cheese https://foodsforantiaging.com/6-cheeses-that-can-be-left-unrefrigerated/
  • Salami, mettwurst, kabana, fritz
  • Kupe mayonnaise (Japanese)
  • Jam, honey, peanut past
  • Dry crackers (Vita Wheats, Ryvita)

 

Breakfast (you need about 150g per morning)

  • Powdered milk
  • Porridge
  • Muslei
  • Cereal
  • Oat bars
  • Breakfast bars
  • Protein smoothies

 

Dinner: Supermarket lightweight quick-to-cook meals. Preferably no cans as we need to transport each hiker’s bag, including rubbish. Pack each day’s dinner into a ziplock bag, with a separate ziplock for condiments. Soup and snacks are good to start whilst you’re waiting for dinner to cook.

Soups: Hart & Soul, Nutrish, Miso      Snacks: Wasabi peas, soya chips

Asian

  • Rice & Udon noodles
  • Hart & Soul lentil dinners (add peas)
  • Oban sweet potato noodles
  • Ramyun noodles (add boiled egg, tuna, peas)
  • Rice & bean vermicelli noodles
  • Thin Hokkien Noodles

Indian

  • Hart & Soul lentil curry (add peas)
  • Pataks lentil & veges heat and eat
  • MTR ready-to-eat meals
  • Passage to India vege curries
  • Ashoka ready-to-eat
  • Naan bread can be kept in sealed plastic out of the fridge for a few days. Heat up in frypan.

 

 

Other dinner ideas

  • Sachets of tuna/salmon (add to Asian noodles)
  • Salami
  • Tandaco one pan dinner
  • Dinner Winner
  • Couscous with herbs, nuts, seeds
  • Dried mushrooms & dehydrated peas
  • Fresh potatoes, carrots, corn, cabbage, tomatoes
  • Dehydrated peas
  • Deb dried potato with onion (use for energy and to thicken dinner)
  • Kewpie salad dressings
  • Spices to add to your food
  • Oil and condiments in small tight-lidded containers

 

Sweets

  • Pancakes
  • Popcorn
  • marshmallows – campfire smores

 

 

How fit do you have to be?

Hiking with a day pack is open to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Multi day trekking is exhilarating, but it will have its challenges for you and to get the best out of the experience, we suggest that preparation prior is important. To really test your ability to handle soft sand beach walking, and some steep (but short) climbs over loose limestone, we recommend for your training, to get off footpaths and bitumen as much as possible. As we all have busy lives, it may be that you can only fit in 1 hour walk two or three times a week and you may have to do this close to home on flat paths, but that’s better than nothing.

Extended day hikes, along with the 2 to 3 times a week, we recommend fitting a few hikes of 15km or more, with a day pack so that you get accustomed to what you will be doing on the multi-day hiking tours. The Bibbulmun Track, out of Kalamunda, has plenty of ascents and descents to give you and your body a good tryout.

Hiking boots/shoes & wool socks
We strongly recommend that you have very well-worn-in boots that you have trained in. Completing extended walks, greater than 15km, will trial new socks and boots allowing for you to have a blister free hiking.

Blister prevention
Purchase a couple of small rolls of Fixomull (chemist). Cut pieces to size and stick them on your feet prior to hiking for blister prevention. Also, if whilst you’re hiking you feel “minor rubbing or a hot spot”, stop straight away and cover with Fixomull. The Fixomull breathes and will stay on your feet over several days even when you shower.

Camp shoes
We recommend that you bring suitable sandals as your camp shoes so that they could also be used on sandy stretches or if blisters occur with your main pair of shoes/boots