Overnight walks on the Bibbulmun Track

Taking the next step to overnight trekking can be very rewarding, but there are extra things you need to consider. To help you pack the right gear, the Bibbulmun Track Foundation has put together a checklist of items you should include. They also hire out gear if you don't have your own.

Kids in a tent

  • Footwear is important - kids should wear sturdy shoes or boots that are broken in and have a good tread.
  • Pack weight is also very important. The general rule is that the pack should weigh no more than 20 percent of the child's weight. For families with young kids, that means the parents will be shouldering alot of the load!
  • If you’re not confident to go it alone just yet, the Foundation holds a range of family events, including overnight walks, day walks and school holiday activities. Check out their Calendar of Events.
  • Each Bibbulmun Track campsite is well-equipped and features a timber shelter, picnic tables, bush toilet and water tank. The shelters are occupied on a first come, first served basis, so it is recommended that you always take a tent.

 

Short overnight hikes, suitable for families with children aged 8 years and over

Return walk from the Calamunnda Camel Farm (Paulls Valley Rd) to Hewett’s Hill Campsite

Access: Park at the Camel Farm carpark.
Distance: ~7km
Time: ~3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Features: Walking through mixed jarrah and marri forest with pleasant views and rocky outcrops and boulders at the campsite.

Return walk from Perth Hills National parks Centre to Ball Creek Campsite

Access: Park in the Hills National Parks Centre carpark.
Distance: ~6km
Time: ~3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Features: An easy walk with interpretive signage about the forest along the way.


Intermediate overnight hikes for families with children aged 8 years and over

Return walk from Sullivan Rock, Albany Highway to Mt Cooke Campsite

Access: Park at the carpark at Sullivan Rock.
Distance: ~11km
Time: ~5 hours walking
Difficulty: Intermediate
Features: Track follows old rail formations through an interesting creek system.
Option: Leave packs at the campsite and walk 2km to the summit of Mt Cooke for spectacular views.

Return walk from South Ledge Picnic area to Hewett’s Hill Campsite

Access: Park at the at South Ledge Picnic area carpark.
Distance: ~8km
Time: ~3 hours walking
Difficulty: Intermediate. Some steep hills.
Features: Walking through mixed jarrah, wandoo and marri forest with pleasant views and rocky outcrops and boulders at the campsite.

Bibbulmun Track camping


Advanced overnight hike, suitable for families with children aged 12 and over

Return walk from Sullivan Rock, Albany Hwy to Monadnocks Campsite

Access: Park at the carpark at Sullivan Rock.
Distance: ~14km
Time: ~5 hours
Difficulty: Advanced. Rocky terrain with steep hills.
Features: Track ascends steeply to Mt Vincent. Spectacular views to be had from this granite outcrop. The Track drops steeply before it heads up to Mt Cuthbert.
Easier version: From Monadnocks campsite head back to Sullivan Rock on Herold Road. This will alleviate going over the peaks of Mt Vincent and Mt Cuthbert.


Advanced two-night hike, suitable for families with older teenagers

Three day (2 night) walk from Brookton Hwy to Sullivan Rock.

This walk requires either a vehicle shuffle or drop offs and pick ups. Can be walked in either direction.

Drop off point: Brookton Hwy where Track crosses at the powerlines.
Pick up point: Sullivan Rock, Albany Highway.
Distance: ~30km
Time: 3 days
No. of nights: 2
Campsites: Canning and Monadnocks.
Difficulty: Advanced. Mix of easier walking to rocky terrain and steep hills.
Features: The Track skirts the lower rim of a large granite outcrop known as Abyssinia Rock on the first day, then crosses the Canning River through jarrah and sheoak forest with good views back over the river valley. The last day is challenging with walkers traversing Mt Cuthbert and Mt Vincent. However, the effort is rewarded with spectacular views.

 

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