Great Southern’s top five walking trails

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Angie TomlinsonAlbany Advertiser

In our quest to travel, sometimes we can forget what’s on our doorstep.

Those in the Great Southern are spoilt with the breadth of hiking on offer.

Trails WA, an organisation on a mission to make finding good trails easy, has compiled its top 10 WA hikes from the 300 already mapped and detailed on its website, with many in our region.

Here’s our pick of the top five walking trails in the Great Southern.

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The Bibbulmun Track includes the Valley of the Giants treetop walk near Walpole.
Camera IconThe Bibbulmun Track includes the Valley of the Giants treetop walk near Walpole. Credit: supplied

1. Bibbulmun Track, Walpole to Peaceful Bay

No list would be complete without WA's 1000km track, which attracts local walkers and overseas trekkers.

The 61km Walpole to Peaceful Bay section can be completed in three to four days, taking walkers through the Valley of the Giants and heading to the spectacular coastline of Denmark.

“The beauty of the Bibbulmun Track is it offers so many options — 70 per cent of walkers on this track are on day walks,” she said.

“There are spots where you can walk 2km to a campsite, whilst other spots offer remote wilderness experiences.”

In 2015, the Bibbulmun Track clocked up 300,000 user days in a year. It’s also a boon for small regional towns. Last year walkers spent $13 million on food and accommodation and more in walking the trail.

2. Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range National Park

The 6km return trail doesn’t sound too hard, but as the third-highest peak in WA, it will take your breath away.

Spectacular views from the peak and wildflowers, birdlife and rock formations along the way make it a beautiful hike.

3. Nancy’s Peak, Porongurup National Park

Also close to Albany is Nancy’s Peak, a 5.5km loop traversing different ecosystems as you climb to the main peak in the Porongurup Ranges.

4. Bald Head Walk Trail, Torndirrup National Park

This challenging 16km return hike along the Flinders Peninsula boasts spectacular views of the coastline and often wildlife including kangaroos, eagles, dolphins and whales.

5. Peak Head Track, Torndirrup National Park

This 5km return track follows a sandy trail through native bushland and around imposing granite boulders, with stunning vistas of the Southern Ocean.

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