• Grose Valley (NSW) - Acacia Flats to Blackheath


    July 10, 2019
  • Badjirrajirra Trail (Cape Range National Park)


    September 30, 2018
  • Frenchmans Cap (TAS) - Lake Vera to Lake Tahune


    December 22, 2018
  • Mokine Walk GPS Route (Mokine Nature Reserve)


    May 5, 2019
  • Tarn Shelf Circuit (Mount Field National Park)


    April 22, 2018
  • Plateau Loop Trail (Coalseam Conservation Park)


    September 28, 2018
  • Snorkeling the Ningaloo Reef (Ningaloo Marine Park)


    October 3, 2018
  • Le Grand Coastal Trail (Cape Le Grand National Park)


    April 21, 2019
  • Werribee Gorge Circuit Walk (Werribee Gorge State Park)


    March 23, 2019
  • Hakea Trail (WA) - Hamersley Inlet to Quoin Head


    April 23, 2019

Recent Articles

Monday, 11 April 2022

Tongariro Northern Circuit (NZ) - Waihohonu to Whakapapa



The final day of the Tongariro Northern Circuit, the final day takes walkers from Waihohonu to Whakapapa Leaving Waihohonu Hut, the track follows a series of streams and watercourses through open plains and heathlands with views of Mts Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Wide side trips to the Tama Lakes and Taranaki Falls, this is a fittingly enjoyable and scenic conclusion to one of New Zealand's most famous Great Walks

Monday, 28 March 2022

Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail (Neerabup & Yanchep NPs)

A dual use trail, the Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail explores a narrow corridor of remnant bushland in Perth's north. Starting at Lake Joondalup, the trail initially follows paved paths before entering wilder trails through heathlands and bush. Continuing northwards, the trail reaches its destination on the shores of Loch McNess in Yanchep National Park. A mixed trail with some excellent sections let down by some uninspired riding in its third quarter

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Port to Point Trail (City of Albany)

 

A 24 kilometre return ride in the City of Albany, the Port to Point Trail takes riders from Albany Port to Emu Point. Heading along the granite-dominated coastline, the trail has spectacular views of King George Sound, the Vancouver and Flinders Peninsula and the Point King Lighthouse on the way to Middleton Beach. Continuing on, the trail finishes at the popular Emu Point at Oyster Harbour. A fun, easy cycle perfect for the whole family

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Harewood Forest Walk Trail (Harewood Forest Conservation Area)

 

A short 2.8 kilometre loop in Harewood Forest Conservation Area, the upgraded Harewood Forest Walk explores a stretch of forest along the Scotsdale Brook. Starting on Scotsdale Rd, the trail crosses a bridge and follows a well formed track along the brook, before rising up the hill to explore the higher reaches of the Karri forest. A brief but faultlessly constructed loop, this is a fantastic family and dog friendly forest walk

Sunday, 6 February 2022

10 South Coast Alternatives to the Bald Head Walk Trail

The Bald Head Walk Trail in Albany's Torndirrup National Park explores the rugged and wild Flinders Peninsula, and is easily one of Western Australia's best coastal day walks. While it was once one of the South-West's best kept secrets, recent increases in numbers has stood as a testament to the trail's spectacular beauty, but has also put greater pressures on the trail itself. This has resulted in severe erosion and blowouts, particularly along the trail's second half.

From February 2022, the Bald Head Walk Trail will be closed for maintenance works and upgrades to address these environmental issues. The works will include the installation of some boardwalks similar to that found on the similarly popular Royal Coastal Track in New South Wales as well as revegetation. More information can be found at Trails WA's Projects website, however the closure is expected to be in place until August 2022.

With the trail closed for half the year (and potentially longer), here's a list of alternative coastal walks in along WA's South Coast that are well worth checking out.


Near Albany

Already booked a trip to Albany? No problem, there are many excellent options in the Albany area:

Peak Head Walk Trail (Torndirrup National Park)


Bald Head's nearby neighbour in Torndirrup National Park, the Peak Head Walk Trail explores the national park's southernmost point. Starting at Stony Hill, the trail descends steeply through heath before rising up the summit of Peak Head itself. With spectacular wildflower blooms in late Spring and breathtaking coastal scenery, this offers a similarly rugged experience in a shorter package. Read More.


Point Possession Heritage Trail (Quaranup)



Another nearby neighbour to Bald Head, The Point Possession Heritage Trail leads walkers to the northernmost point of the Vancouver Peninsula. Passing through heathlands, the trail features two short beach walks and features the historical Point Possession where Captain Vancouver claimed the west coast of Australia for Britain. With interesting granite headlands and the particularly lovely Barker Bay, this is an easier alternative to the Bald Head Trail - and is dog friendly too! Read More. 

Torbay Head and West Cape Howe (West Cape Howe National Park)



For experienced and self-reliant walkers looking to get off the beaten track, the wild West Cape Howe National Park is a must do. This route follows a mix of walking and vehicle tracks and explores the wild coastline of Western Australia's southernmost promontory. Starting at Shelley Beach, the track heads deep into the park to explore Torbay Head - the southernmost point of the state - and the stunning sea cliffs of West Cape Howe itself. Let down by sandy 4WD track walking, the spectacular scenery makes it worth the effort. Read more.


Baie Des Deux Peuples Heritage Trail (Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve)



Located half an hour east of Albany in Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, the Baie Des Deux Peuples Heritage Trail explores a series of beaches that regularly feature on shortlists for the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Starting at the visitor's centre, the trail provides excellent views along the coastal ridge of Two Peoples Bay before follow the wild, rocky coast to the stunning Little Beach and Waterfall Beach. An excellent shorter walk with surprisingly wild views. Read more. 


Bibbulmun Track



Albany serves as the Southern Terminus for the Bibbulmun Track, and there are great day and overnight sections along the Denmark to Albany stretch of the track. With a car shuffle, Cosy Corner to the Sandpatch car park features a walk under the turbines of the iconic Albany Wind Farm, or for those with more time why not stay overnight at Sandpatch campsite to either walk back to Cosy Corner or the rest of the way to the Southern Terminus in Albany? Read More about Cosy Corner to Sandpatch and the Bibbulmun Track.


Fitzgerald River, Cape Le Grand and Cape Arid

Looking to stretch out a bit further and explore the wild South Coast east of Albany? Fitzgerald River, Cape Le Grand and Cape Arid offer hiking trails to rival the best that Albany has to offer. 


Point Ann Heritage Trail (Fitzgerald River National Park)



A very short but enjoyable 1km walk in Fitzgerald River National Park, the Point Ann Heritage Trail explores the landscape of Point Ann while engaging with its heritage values. Starting at the Point Ann car park, the trail passes by a section of the infamous Rabbit Proof Fence before heading back along Point Charles Bay taking in spectacular coastal views. Featuring wildflowers blooms in Springtime, this short trail is well worth checking out in spite of its meagre length, but let's face it 1 km isn't a complete replacement for Bald Head. Given its short length, it can easily be done in the same day as a walk up to the summit of wildflower-filled West Mt Barren which also features spectacular coastal views. Read More about Point Ann and West Mt Barren.

Mamang Trail (Fitzgerald River National Park)



A long day walk or an easy overnight, the Mamang Trail explores the western side of the park and leads to Fitzgerald River itself. Along the way, the trail features outstanding walking along bleach white sand beaches that would give the more famous Cape Le Grand National Park a run for its money. Heading inland through heath, the trail provides exceptional views of the park's lake system and features beautiful wildflowers during wildflower season. Read more about the Mamang Trail and overnight hikes in Fitzgerald River National Park.


Hakea Trail (Fitzgerald River National Park)



Considered one of Western Australia's Top Trails by Trails WA, the Hakea Trail is the longest trail in Fitzgerald River National Park, and provides a grand tour of the stunning coastline on the park's eastern side. From its eastern trailhead at Cave Point to its western terminus at Quoin Head, the trail explores the rugged beaches and coastal cliffs that dominate this side of the park, and it features one particularly awe-inspiring kilometre of coastal walking that has to be seen to be believed. Add to it an exceptional quality hut and water tanks at Whalebone Creek and you can see why this is one of the state's premier hiking trails. Read more about the Hakea Trail and overnight hikes in Fitzgerald River National Park.


Le Grand Coastal Trail (Cape Le Grand National Park)



If there is a coastal trail in WA that is even greater than Bald Head, this would be it. One of Western Australia's greatest day walks, the Le Grand Coastal Trail is a suitably grand tour of the spectacular coastline in Cape Le Grand National Park. Starting at Rossiter Bay, the trail alternates between rugged, granite headlands and some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. A truly outstanding bushwalk, this is a must do in spite of the somewhat challenging logistics as a long there and back trail. Read More.

Tagon Coastal Trail (Cape Arid National Park)



An excellent coastal walk in Cape Arid National Park, the Tagon Coastal trail explores the coastline between Thomas River and Tagon Point. Starting at the sands of Yokinup Bay, the trail winds its way over dramatic granite headlands and sandy beaches as it makes it way south-west to the dramatic view of Tagon Point. With rugged walking and views of the wild Southern Ocean, this is an outstanding trail worth the detour if in the area. Read More. 



Thursday, 21 October 2021

Yonga Trail (Lesueur National Park)


An overnight or long day walk in Lesueur National Park, the Yonga Trail explores offers an extended exploration of Lesueur's varied landscapes. Starting near Mt Lesueur, the trail leaves the shorter day walks to explore a mix of Wandoo Woodlands, sandy open heathlands and the heath covered laterite ridges. Featuring a lovely campsite halfway, the Yonga Trail is well worth exploring during the wildflower season

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Collie-Darkan Rail Trail (Shires of Collie & West Arthur)

 


An idyllic day ride, the Collie-Darkan Rail Trail retraces a section of the Bowelling to Narrogin Railway just east of the town of Collie to the town of Darkan. Passing through a mix of forests and farmland scenery, the trail's highlights include a number of well maintained and refurbished wooden rail bridges and two railway stations along the line. Rich in heritage history and rolling green hills, this is an enjoyable day ride with potential for extension