Teen 7 Day Dec South West Trek

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Availability: 7 Dec 2024

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7 day trek Peaceful Bay to Longpoint, Walpole

Join Simply Trekking on the best of the Bibbulmun Track with stunning coastal views and walk up high in the big karri and tingle trees. Our trek starts on the beach at Peaceful Bay and climbs gently up to the headland with panoramic views over the southern ocean. We move inland through the coastal heath into the shade of the Valley of the Giants to arrive at the Tree Top Walk.  From there the track meanders next to the Frankland River and our hut for the night is nestled into the trees with decking extending to the rivers edge.  We descend to panoramic views of the Walpole inlet and camp overnight at a caravan park (yes flushing toilets & showers, towels available to hire and there is a shop). On our last day the track takes us east along the inlet, through Walpole town to gently climb Mt Clare then morning tea snack at Mt Clare hut amongst the tingle trees.  We descend steeply from Mt Clare under thick forest to the picturesque swing bridge over Deep River into Nuyts Wilderness. We overnight at Longpoint and if weather permits, we take a short walk out to the rocky cliff’s on the west to enjoy a stunning sunset.  Last day we return to Walpole.

If we have sufficient numbers to run this trek on its own then the trek will be moved to Walpole to Denmark, with a paddle over Irwin Inlet and views from the top of Mt Hallowall before descending to Denmark.

For booking terms & conditions
Simply Trekking endorses and includes in all guide training child safety policies as set out in https://dukeofed.com.au/about-the-award/the-award/safeguarding/
and https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/our-work/child-safe-organisations-wa/

Tour length: 7 days

Night prior to the trek:  Tour cost is inclusive of camp fee at Peaceful Bay the night prior. If you’re staying with family close by ie other caravan park or chalet, then please be at Peaceful Bay Caravan Park reception by 6.30am.

Day 1:  Peaceful Bay to Rame Head 10.5km

Our trek departs 7am from the caravan park onto the beach at Peaceful Bay, meanders along many bays and then climbs gently up to the headland with panoramic views over the Southern Ocean.  We leave the coast and walk inland to climb up to Rame Head hut.  Enjoy the sunset and sunrise from the hut.

 

Day 2:  Rame Head to Giants  15.5km

7am We start early so that we experience the wonderful early morning light along Conspicuous cliffs and the wildlife.   We descend onto Conspicuous beach with a small beach walk then up onto the headland to begin our walk inland along the coastal heath and ascend to view back over the Southern Ocean. We cross the South Coast Highway and enter into the shade of the Valley of the Giants, all green, with its fabulous big Karri and Tingle trees. There is a challenge on this day as there is a long ascent up out of the valley to reach Giants Hut.

 

Day 3:  Giants to Frankland River   14km

8.30am It is a short walk from the Giants campsite to the Tree Top Walk (tickets included in your hike cost).  Being up high in the tree top, early morning you are up with the birds.   From the car park, the track meanders next to the Frankland River and the hut is nestled into the trees with decking extending to the river’s edge.  This hut is often voted the best of the track. Here it is lovely to cool off the hot feet.

 

Day 4: Frankland River to Coalmine Caravan Park  14km

From Frankland Hut we meander along leafy tracks under the trees and enter the Tingle Tree boardwalk trail. Huge red tingle trees that have been hollowed out by fire. We descend with expansive views of the Walpole inlet to camp overnight at Coalmine Caravan Park (yes flushing toilets & showers and a shop where you can buy cold drinks, ice creams).

 

Day 5     

We depart from the caravan park, walking beside the inlet, flat and easy along the edge of the inlet before trekking on to gently climb Mt Clare. On the way we stop at a lovely lookout (below) then continue on and up to Mt Clare Hut.

Day 6. We descend steeply from Mt Clare under thick forest to the picturesque swing bridge over Deep River and Nuyts Wilderness. We walk onward to overnight at Longpoint campsite and if weather permits, we take a short walk out to the rocky cliff’s on the west to enjoy a stunning sunset.

Day 7.  We retrace our steps through Nuyts Wilderness, exploring an additional side track, cross Deep River to the carpark.  Taxi return to Walpole.

Optional:  please carry cash for Snacks, cold drinks, ice cream at Tree Top Walk, Coalmine and Walpole.

 

Your  journey experience includes:

Ultralight Osprey adjustable backpack, waterproof liner, sleeping cocoon & tarp camping combo, gaiters, trek pole
5 x days of guided hiking
Camp fees
Pre-trek briefing via zoom (3+ weeks prior)
Face to face meeting (weekend prior to collect trek gear and any last minute questions)
After trek ORB assessment

 

CHECKLIST FOR TREK EQUIPMENT & CLOTHES

Supplied by Simply Trekking:

  • Backpack 65L Osprey ultralight adjustable backpack
  • Backpack waterproof liner
  • Tent or Sleeping Cocoon & Tarp combo
  • Gaiters supplied in spring, autumn and summer

To be supplied by participant:

  • 4 medium waterproof zip lock plastic bags to separate clothes, toiletries, food in pack
  • 1 large waterproof zip lock plastic bag – for your sleeping bag and mat
  • Sleeping bag (must be rated at or below 0°). A liner will also add warmth.
  • Sleeping mat (foam or inflatable)
  • Cup, or mug, bowl and spoon  pocketknife if needed
  • Head torch
  • 2 x 1 litre water bottles (plain, no straws )
  • Personal rubbish bag (for food, wrappers)
  • Personal first aid kit (with required medication, we recommend fixomul for blisters.
  • Personal toiletries, toothbrush, lip balm, deodorant, moisturiser (buy travel size)

 

Items that could be shared in Group

  • Stove, matches and fuel – preferably gas
  • Water purification tablets (puritabs/ aquatabs, micropure)
  • Pots lightweight – 900 or 550 ml
  • Toiletries – toilet paper, insect repellent, sunscreen
  • Hydrolyte Electrolytes – one sachet/tablet per day is required (available from chemist).

 

Daytime/Walking Clothing

  • Boots or sturdy shoes – worn in and comfortable (at least 2 weeks wear)
  • Socks – pair for each day & to keep the   insects off your feet at night
  • Knickers/jocks – pair for each day
  • Long trousers – loose and lightweight
  • Long-sleeved top, cotton/synthetic, or collared shirt
  • Lightweight jumper (winter and summer)
  • Sun hat (not a baseball cap as it doesn’t protect your neck & ears)
  • Lightweight rain jacket or plastic poncho (to use if it rains heavily)

 

Night change clothes

  • Warm jacket, thermal or polar fleece (winter and summer)
  • Long loose-fitting pants for camp and sleeping
  • Long sleeved loose top or t-shirt
  • Beanie, head sox or scarf, gloves if you feel the cold
  • Camp shoes e.g. lightweight sandals/crocs/thongs

Backpack with trek gear, food & water is to weigh only 20% of the participant’s body weight (please ensure that you weigh yourself then put the full backpack on and weigh again.  Calculate the difference between and if it is higher than 20% your body weight, then it is essential that items are removed until you reach only 20%)

To reach 20%, ultralight trek gear (eg sleeping bag, mattress) is available for hire

 

 

 

Teen Hike Preparation & Guidelines

This trek belongs to the participants:  The guides are there to facilitate and ensure that everyone is safe.   We encourage decision making by the teen group, we create opportunities for the teens to develop new skills, get physically active and experience adventure.

Hiking procedure: Each day we walk three to four hours at a leisurely pace with a stop every hour to snack, have fun and explore.  At least one day will be a challenge requiring 5 hours. We keep our participating group small so that our two guides can provide support and encouragement to each individual participant as our aim is for each to enjoy the experience as well as achieve their goals.

Hiking training: Hiking requires a reasonable level of fitness.   We suggest that you use an app on your phone and ensure that you can walk on a cycle way or other smooth surface at least 5km per hour.  We recommend training once a week prior to the trek by walking for approximately two hours.  Both the Bibbulmun and the Cape to Cape Track are undulating and have an uneven surface plus you will be carrying a backpack that weighs 20% of your body weight.   If you are able to walk at 5km per hour on a flat or smooth surface, then you should be able to hike with confidence, keep up with the group and complete the kms per day required within the 3-5 hours required.

Keeping in contact: Each family or a nominated group coordinator will receive a text each afternoon/night confirming that the group has “arrived at the campsite and all is good”.  We recommend that the teen participants keep their phones on flight mode whilst away and not be in contact with the outside world.  Teens staying offline enables greater teen group interaction and cohesion.

 

On arrival at trek start point
the trek guides will check

That your backpack weighs only 20% of your body weight
That you carry at minimum 2 litres of water
That you have a wide brimmed sun hat (spring, summer & autumn)
That you carry a waterproof jacket or poncho
That your phones are on flight mode and no one is wearing ear headphones
That you have an extra 600ml water bottle in the car to drink prior so you are not starting already dehydrated

Hut / Campsite procedure

Gas stoves must be lit on tables only
Wash dishes at tank, no soap at streams
Carry out any cooked food not eaten
No rubbish or tampons or pads in toilet
Carry all rubbish

Closer to the departure date, the itinerary of the section of the Darling Scarp that will be walked will be posted on the website.

Start and finish point will be only one hour from Perth.