Top 5 Hiking Trails In Western Australia

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Whether you’re a local Australian or a foreign traveller visiting this majestic country, you’ll never run out of things to do in Australia.

Nature lovers, in particular, will marvel at how so much of the country has nature preserved at its best.
Australia is a big country to cover for any trip, but in this article, we will be shifting our focus to the western region of Australia. 

Hikers will love the mix-and-match of different landscapes in Western Australia. You have mountains, deserts, lakes, and even beaches to trek through, ideal for beginners and expert hikers.   

For avid hikers, there’s nothing else more fulfilling than that breathtaking and magnificent sight at the end of every hike.

So if you plan to experience nature with a bit of adrenaline, you can start planning for your adventure with this list of the top five hiking trails in Western Australia.

You can prepare your itinerary beforehand before taking on Kimberley region tours and other similar places in the country.   

  1. Sullivan Rock To Mount Cooke, Darling Range   

Let’s start with one of the most challenging hikes on this list. Because you’re searching particularly for hiking trails, the assumption here is that you’ve been hiking before.

If this notion is correct, and you indeed had experience engaging in extreme hikes in the past, then the Sullivan Rock to Mount Cooke hiking trail is something you can do. 

The summit is impressively high, approximately 580 meters above sea level. By covering a distance of two kilometres, you’re climbing an elevation of 290 meters. 

The trail going to Mount Cooke, however, is relatively flat. You’ll be able to go through lots of jarrah trees, creeks, and banksia.

To make it easier on your part, the best time to take on this trail is between April to November, when the weather isn’t yet too hot.

So if this interests you, plan to ensure you have a safe but enjoyable hiking adventure. 

Young Australian children hiking in Bungle Bungle Range Landform rock formation in Kimberley Western Australia.
  1. Torndirrup National Park’s Bald Head Walk Trail 

The Bald Head Walk Trail is in South West Australia. The closest towns you’ll find are Albany and Mount Barker.

Just like the first hiking trail on this list, a little bit of experience is also necessary to overcome its challenge. It’s because there may be long tracks, and the directions may be limited.

Therefore, it’s best to go hiking with a group too. 

When in the said park, you will witness a massive site of formation of granite that extends from the land to the ocean.

The culmination of the trail is at a place called Bald Head. It is a domed granite resembling a round headland, sloping right through the sea.   

  1. Rocky Pool Walk, Kalamunda National Park   

The Rocky Pool Walk at Kalamunda National Park is a 4.8-km long loop trail near Perth, Western Australia.

The first two hiking trails on the list have been for the more experienced ones, but this is easier to do and more moderate. So regardless of the experience, anyone should be able to take on this hiking trail. 

Kalamunda National Park is open the whole year-round, so you’ve got plenty of time in the year to decide on when you should visit.

Be prepared, however, to bump into many other people exploring the area, as this is also very popular for trail running, birding, and hiking.   

  1. South Coast Track 

For those who fancy the great wilderness, the South Coast Track is one thing you should try. It is a massive expanse that covers among the last great wilderness treks in Australia.

Be prepared, however, to add camping to your itinerary, as going through the South Coast Track can mean a multi-day affair.

It’s worth all the heavy gear and preparation, however, as you’ll be able to go through several beautiful landscapes – from alpine heights, empty beaches, and towering rainforests.   

  1. Eagle View Trail, John Forrest National Park  

The Eagle View Trail at John Forest National Park is conveniently located in the Perth Hills region, approximately 40 minutes away from Perth.

It is a half-day hiking trail that will last for around five to six hours. The good thing about this trail is that you don’t have to be an expert hiker to give this a try! It’s a family-friendly one, so no one gets left behind.   

The John Forest National Park earns its accolade as Western Australia’s oldest national park. The best scene to marvel in is the wildflowers.

If you plan on visiting, it’s best to set your hike between September and December.   

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Group of millennial friends hiking uphill on a forest trail, three quarter length

Final Hiking Insights 

As you can see, there’s no shortage of hiking trails that you can do in Western Australia. Depending on how long you have to travel, there’s more than you can cover.

Kids and adults alike will be able to enjoy treks, whatever the type of trail or landscape it is that you prefer. Hiking can be challenging, but all your efforts will pay off tenfold.

It’s not just the magic of the wilderness that you’ll love but also the new friendships formed with some hikers you meet along the adventure.

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