5 Day Best of the South West

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5 day trek Walpole to Denmark:

Join Simply Trekking on a trek that starts on the pristine south coast beside the wide sweeping Nornalup Inlet.  You follow the Bibbulmun Track as it climbs gently up into the Valley of the Giants. A rest stop is at Frankland Hut beside the pretty Frankland River, a jewel in the Walpole Wilderness Area. Enjoy a stroll through the tree tops at the renowned Tree Top Walk then descend down to the coast through virgin forest.  The coastal sections are full of empty white sand beaches, cliffs tops with stunning ocean views and even a sea eagle or two, a photographers delight. Remote beaches, tranquil inlets, the crystal waters of greens pool and imposing granite peaks.  This trek not only includes a stunning and wild landscape for you to experience but it also is a physical challenge that will give you the opportunity to learn new skills with the support and guidance of our experienced guides.

 

Tour length: 5 days, 5-7 hours of walking per day

Day prior to depart, 5pm onwards

Meeting place:  Coalmine Caravan Park, Walpole

Here your tent and comfortable bed will be awaiting your arrival. TransWA bus runs to Walpole every day and we collect hikers from the Walpole bus stop. If you wish to drive down, we can arrange for secure vehicle storage for your 5 days of walking.

Day one: Coalmine Caravan Park to Tree Top Walk, Valley of the Giants   26 km

It is a gentle start leaving our campsite on the Nornalup Inlet and we stop at the lookout platform for wonderful views over the inlet in the pretty early morning light. We hike inland into karri and tingle forest, cross the South Coast Highway, and ascend gently towards the Hilltop. Our rest stop is at the Giant Tingle Tree tourist site. Here we can learn about these fascinating and unique associations of trees, plants and animals. We continue on the Bibb Track through some of the best karri, tingle and sheoak forest anywhere in the southwest.  We have lovely glimpses into the Frankland River valley below and our next rest stop is at Frankland Campsite perched on this largely unspoilt river. The track meanders next to the Frankland River, crosses Sappers Bridge and re-enters the beautiful karri, tingle and sheoak forest to arrive at the Treetop Walk. The walk is worth the time, effort and small cost and there is also a free Ancient Empire walk to be enjoyed. We transfer to our comfortable campsite for the night.

 

Day two: Valley of the Giants to Peaceful Bay   27km

Early morning we descend to Giants Campsite and follow the Bibb Track to arrive at the stunningly big Princess Tingle Tree. We descend and cross South Coast Highway, then the track flattens and follows a disused railway line. After a small ascent, we rest at the lookout and enjoy the views east along the coast which are quite spectacular. We descend through an area which is recovering from bushfire with lots of new green growth to arrive at Conspicuous Beach. Here we rest on an elevated whale-watching flatform with great views over the beach and the bay beyond. After a short walk along the beach, we climb steeply, on steps, to a point close to the summit of Conspicuous Cliff. The track follows the cliff and has stunning ocean views until we descend to Rame Head campsite. From here we descend gently, walking past many small bays to arrive at the pretty sheltered settlement of Peaceful Bay, our campsite.

 

Day threePeaceful Bay to Boat Harbour     22km

We depart our peaceful camp and today we are going remote and have two choices depending on the season.

Beach option: If the sandbar is in place on the Irwin Inlet, we have a stroll along the beach and then gently climb up from Quarram Beach. It is rugged but spectacular, with an almost endless stream of startling views along the coast in both directions, and inland over Owingup Swamp and the farmland further north. We finally arrive at Boat Harbour campsite and Boat Harbour itself, is one of the prettiest little bays anywhere on the south coast.

Paddle option: If the sandbar is not in place, then it is a very pretty trek up and down beside the Irwin Inlet to where the Bibbulmun Track canoes are stored.  The paddle itself, is an experience, the Inlet is wide and so pretty with lots of bird life. The following walk through the “showgrounds” is unique in WA, with its flora and its unusual and friendly caramel-colored kangaroos. We descend to Quarram Beach, enjoy the remoteness of only accessible by walkers, then ascend and enjoy the many startling views along the coast until we reach Boat Harbour campsite.  We descend to the calm swimmable waters of Boat Harbour, relax, then we are transferred a short distance to our campsite.

Day four: Boat Harbour to Parry Beach 11km

We depart from Boat Harbour following the dramatic coastline and then ascend and descend on coastal dunes covered in shrubs which often have stunning displays of wildflowers. On the last dune we look down over the expanse of Parry Bay. The track descends into the shady peppermint covered Parry Beach. Relax at our campsite and try your luck with fishing or just read and relax in this pretty little corner of the coast.

 

Day five:  Parry Beach to Denmark    24km

Up early today, depending on the tides, as the first 7km is a beach walk on Mazzoletti Beach. We also have to cross Parry Inlet (either a sandbar in place, a wade or we transfer hikers around). At the end of this beach, we enter the William Bay National Park and the famous iridescent waters of Greens Pool. As the trail descends to Lights Beach there are numerous lovely views over William Bay, Madfish Bay, Lights Beach and the coast further afield. We turn north, through a farming property to ascend to Monkey Rock, a spectacular viewpoint high on the south side of the Mt Hallowell. A further climb through huge granite boulders and tall karri forest to finally descend down towards Denmark. On arrival at Wilsons Inlet it is a small hike alongside to our campsite at Ocean Beach Caravan Park.

 

 

Ex Walpole your day pack trek includes:


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

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

For terms & conditions

 

You will need:

  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 4 Dinners

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

 

BYO Gear

We confirm that there will be a first aid it and emergency satellite communicator for the trek group carried by the guide.

 

Each day you will need in your day pack (we recommend Osprey):

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

 

You will need each day whilst hiking:

  • 1 sunhat covering ears and neck
  • 1 pair hike boots or joggers – work 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

 

Your camp gear packed into the duffle bag provided (to be transported):

  • Sleeping bag – 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 eletrolytes – sufficient for 2 per day

 

BYO Food for the trek

We recommend LOW GI foods for long-term energy.

 

Breakfast

We recommend repacking into daily ziplock bags weighing approx. 150g each:

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

 

Lunch

Pack in large ziplock bags then prepare for each day hike at breakfast time. Make sure they are easy to prepare and eat on the trail. There are days when you can purchase fresh already-made lunch roll where available (see Itinerary).

  • 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)

 

Dinner

Supermarket lightweight quick-to-cook meals. Preferably no cans as we need to ttansport each hiker’s bag, including rubbish.

Pack each day’s dinner into a ziplock bag, with a separate ziplock for condiments.

Soup and snacks to start while you’re waiting for dinner.

Soups: Hart & Soul, Nutrish, Miso

Snacks: Wasabi peas, soya chips etc

Dinner suggestions: search online Woolworths pantry, International foods, Asian, and Indian.

 

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
  • Chinese pork sausage
  • Five Tastes shots
  • Doree fried garlic
  • Dried mushrooms with flavouring

 

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

  • Dehydrated peas
  • Deb dried potatoe (use for energy and to thicken dinner, packets with onion are best)
  • Sachets of tuna/salmon
  • Salami
  • Tandaco one pan dinner
  • Dinner Winner
  • Couscous with herbs, nuts, seeds
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Vegetables that will survive without refrigeration – potatoes, carrots, corn, cabbage, tomatoes
  • Kewpie salad dressings
  • Spices to add to your food
  • Oil and condiments in small tight-lidded containers

 

Sweets

  • Pancakes
  • Popcorn
  • marshmallows – campfire smores

 

Trek Snacks

Very important to eat only low GI whilst trekking to avoid energy highs & lows.

Repack an assortment of snacks into daily snaplock 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

 

On arrival at camp

It is recommended to eat a snack within 30 mins of arriving at camp to assist with muscle recovery

  • Soup with protein
  • Protein bar
  • Chocolates, nuts, biscuits

 

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.